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Federal Yellow Book
GS 4.109/2 (DOCS)
Updated Quarterly
A directory of the Federal departments and agencies.

Congressional Yellow Book
GS 4.109/1 (DOCS)
Updated Quarterly
A loose-leaf directory of members of Congress, their committees and key aides.

Washinton Information Directory
REF F 192.3 W33

About Government Documents

According to the Federal Library Depository Act of 1962, a government document is "informational matter which is published as an individual document at government expense, or as required by law (44 U.S.C. § 1901)." Government documents are published – and made accessible – in variety of formats and venues including books, pamphlets, periodicals, maps, microfiche, CD-ROMs, DVDs, databases, electronic bulletin boards, audiovisual materials, and digitally through the Internet. To qualify as an official government document, it must meet the above definition. Generally, if a government publication is available on the Web, it needs the extension ".gov" or ".mil”.

Government agencies collect, publish, store and maintain a wide range of business-related information including statistical, industry, market, demographic, trade, financial, and economic data. These data provide authoritative information for high-level marketing research. The Census Bureau, for example, collects data on United States populations that include race, age, income, employment, education, geographic, spending patterns, and other demographic-driven information.

Superintendent of Documents

The Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system was developed to uniquely identify, logically relate, organize, and physically group together and arrange publications so that all publications of a single agency or department may be found together. The classification system includes a variety of authoring bodies – from Agriculture to Veterans Affairs.
The classification table provides researchers with a list of key compilers of government data at the federal level.