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U.S. Government Publications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison : Getting Started

How to find U.S. government publications at University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries.

Getting Started

The first step in finding any federal government publication at UW-Madison is to search UW-Madison's online library catalog.  Nearly all U.S. government publications published since 1976, and a number of those published before 1976, are included in the catalog.  The catalog also has links to government publications available in full text. 

The catalog is free and available to the public.

Government publications can be located in the catalog by title or keyword search, by searching for the agency name in the author field, or by using "US GPO" or "U S G P O" as keyword searches (the spacing does make a difference!).

Sample searches:

  • Title search:  Digest of Education Statistics
  • Words anywhere search:  Mars and ("US GPO" or "U S G P O")
  • [in the advanced search mode]: Publisher name search: Health and Human Services 

Other tools

The databases below

  • can help you identify government publications by title, author, or topic;
  • may contain links to the full text of government documents; and/or
  • may contain the full text of a government document.


A more extensive list of resources is available through the UW-Madison's Database Library's Government category.

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Beth Harper
Memorial Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Government Information Specialist

Federal Depository Library Program

As part of the Federal Depository Library Program, the UW-Madison Libraries make U.S. government publications available to the public at no fee.

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