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Government Documents

Federal Depository Library Program
Celebrating 50 years at Delta College: 1963-2013

Federal DepositoryThe Delta College Library is one of the 1,257 designated federal depository libraries. The mission of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is to disseminate information produced by federal agencies to federal depository libraries nationwide. Designated in 1963, we serve the federal information needs of the 5th U.S. Congressional District in the state of Michigan, along with the faculty, staff, and students of Delta College. The Library and the Government Documents Collection are open to the community.

Basic Collection (On-Campus and Off-Campus) 
The "Basic Collection" consists of links to a variety of information and statistics covering: U.S., states, counties, cities, towns, American Indian Reservations, federally-funded grants to organizations and individuals, public and private laws, age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, government, health, households, income, labor force, employment, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, service industries, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, and wholesale trade. 

Government Documents Indexes/Databases

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (On-Campus and Off-Campus)
This online catalog indexes print and electronic Government information created by Federal agencies. Provides bibliographic records of U.S. Government information publications. Links to Federal agency online resources and identifies resources distributed to Federal Depository Libraries. Coverage begins in 1976, with new records added daily.

Federal Digital System (FDSys) (On-Campus and Off-Campus)
GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) is an advanced digital system that enables GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. FDsys is available as a public beta during migration of information from GPO Access. The migration of information from GPO Access into FDsys will be complete in 2010. This searchable database contains a growing list of resources.

FirstSearch GPO Monthly Catalog (On-Campus)
Off-Campus (Requires Delta Username and Password) | FirstSearch Tutorial 
Provides indexing of all types of U.S. Federal Government documents, including Congressional Reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.)

From off-campus, this database requires your Delta username and password. If you need help, please call the Delta Library Reference Desk, 989-686-9560, or email to To get to GPO Monthly Catalog, select GPO from the list of databases under the search box after logging in.

MarciveWeb Docs (On-Campus)
Off-Campus (Requires Delta Username and Password)  
Marcive is an online index used for locating government documents. Marcive can be searched by document title, author, or subject. This index includes information on whether or not Delta College owns certain documents, and also contains links to electronic (online) documents. This online index covers the years from 1976 to present.

Metalib (On-Campus and Off-Campus)
This federated search tool was created by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and is a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. Use MetaLib's federated searching to retrieve reports, articles, and citations by simultaneously searching across multiple databases. The initial release of MetaLib contains fifty-three Federal Government databases. Over time, the collection will grow based on recommendations from the GPO MetaLib team as well as public suggestions.

Government Information Search Engines
This site is the official U.S. gateway to all government information and the catalyst for a growing electronic government that is designed to connect the world to all U.S. government information and services. This interagency web site searches all types of government information, including federal, tribal, state, and local government web pages.

Links to Government Information

Mental Health web site: provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. aims to provide education and guidance on mental health problems and issues. Content for this website is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,, MedlinePlus and National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Congressional Hearings that can be found in Mirlyn
Over two thousand Congressional hearings from the 1970s and 1980s have been digitized into the University of Michigan library catalog (Mirlyn). If you need a tutorial on how to use Mirlyn in order to find congressional hearings, please click on this link: Mirlyn Tutorial.

Congressional Research Service Reports
This think tank works exclusively for members of Congress and Congressional Committees. They are known for non-partisan reporting of issues, along with in-depth analysis. Reports are not distributed to the public. These reports, usually, are on "hot topics" in the news, or current events. There are several ways to search for copies of reports online:

Penny Hill Press at has a browseable subject index that can be used to find report titles for particular topics, or access reports in full for a fee (not free).

Google at can be used to find reports. Once a report title is found, type in the search box "report title" and "CRS" or "Congressional Research Service." Another strategy is to type your topic and "CRS" or "Congressional Research Service." EXAMPLE: "Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress" and "CRS".

University of North Texas Libraries provide this online archive of Congressional Research Service Reports from 1990 to today at Thousands of reports are available on a wide range of topics. Reports can be found by searching full text, title, author, subject, or report number. Reports can also be browsed by subject matter.

Michigan Government
Provides information about Michigan's Executive Branch, Courts, Legislature, U.S. Senators and Congressmen, as well as other aspects of Michigan's Government.

Other Government Indexes

National Criminal Justice Research
Indexes and abstracts more than 125,000 criminal justice books, research reports, journal articles, government documents, program descriptions, and evaluations related to topics and issues in the field of criminal and juvenile justice and drug control. This federally sponsored information clearinghouse provides full-text titles that are available online or can be ordered online using NCJRS online ordering system at

National Library of Medicine (PubMed) (On-Campus and Off-Campus)
PubMed is a service of the National Library of Medicine, that provides access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed can provide some links to sites with free full-text articles and resources. is a search engine for government science information and research results. Currently in its fourth generation, provides search of more than 50 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 1,800 scientific Web sites.

What's New in Government Documents

Marcive Tutorials
This link will connect you to a tutorial to help you access and use Marcive, one of the government document indexes available at Delta.

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