FAQ: What Are Government Documents?
Government documents are the official publications (in whatever format -- print, microfiche, or electronic) of a government body (local, state, national, or international). In the Cornette Library, "government documents" refers to a separate collection consisting of the publications of the United States and Texas governments.
Among the many subject areas which can be found in our collection are:
- political and legislative debate
- laws and regulations
- population and vital statistics
- historical records of government
- studies of foreign countries
- agricultural extension service brochures and reports
- business and economic statistics
- educational policy studies
- health information
- science policy and analysis
- State Department travel warnings
Some subjects and publications, however, are not usually found in government documents. Government information published by private companies as well as cooperative publications (those jointly published by the government and a private organization) are not included. Therefore, we do not receive the Census microfilm which includes detailed biographical and genealogical information. (However, this information is available in a database to which the library subscribes, HeritageQuest Online.) We also do not receive the publications of political parties or campaigns. While election information can be found, it tends to be the results of elections, not campaign information from politicians who are not yet government officials.