Public Documents & Maps

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Public Documents

U.S Government Printing Office: GPO Access
The U.S. Government Printing Office disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government. Here you will have access to congressional committee reports, hearings, debates, documents from executive departments, and much more. Retrospective coverage by the print edition of the Monthly Catalog of Government Publications from 1900 to date is available in the Government Information area. The information provided on this site is the official, published version, and it can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.
The web site is a gateway to government information. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of its information management mandate. The objective is to provide the public with easy access to Federal Government information, including information housed within the NTIS repository and outside of NTIS.

 IUPUI Guide to Government Information Resources
This is the IUPUI subject guide to government resources, for both the federal government and for the state of Indiana

 IUPUI Indiana Government Subject Guide
This is an excellent and thorough guide to locating information about Indiana state government and documents.

From the Library of Congress—“in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson”—this is another site mandated to make government information freely available and easily accessible to the public. THOMAS is particularly helpful at finding legislative information, and also includes a great deal of instructional material. The site contains the full-text of recent Congressional publications (similar to GPO Access), Congressional committee information, information on the legislative process, historical U.S. government documents, and links to Congressional Internet services. 

Government Maps and Map Information Sources

HUD Locater Service
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a very useful community mapping tool which allows users to view HUD housing and community development data together with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Census Bureau (2000 and 1990) data. Check any area for risks from flood or pollutants, and obtain census and community information.
The portal is a catalog of geospatial information containing thousands of metadata records (information about the data) and links to live maps, features, and catalog services, downloadable data sets, images, clearinghouses, map files, and more. The metadata records were submitted to the portal by government agencies, individuals, and companies, or by harvesting the data from geospatial clearinghouses.

Library of Congress, Division of Geography and Maps
The historic and more recent maps contained on this site show early exploration and subsequent land use in various areas of the United States. These maps show the changes in the landscape, including natural and man-made features, recreational and wilderness areas, geology, topography, wetland area, vegetation, and wildlife. Specific conservation projects such as the growth and development of U.S. National Parks are included in this category.

Last updated by jgottfri on 08/21/2007