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Government Documents

The library is a partial depository for a select group of federal documents distributed by the Government Printing Office (GPO).  The publications provide up-to-date information of a wide variety of subjects such as business, education, agriculture, health, statistics, and science.  In addition to print documents distributed by the GPO, the government also produces many online documents, websites, and statistics collections many of which are listed below.

Agriculture | Budget | Business and Economics | Careers and Occupations | Census | Crime | Education | Facts and Statistics | Government Search Engines and Catalogs of Publications | Health | International Data | Legislation | South Carolina


  • AGRIS - is the international information system for the agricultural sciences and technology. It was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1974, to facilitate information exchange and to bring together world literature dealing with all aspects of agriculture.  Subject scope of AGRIS includes all technical, economic and sociological aspects of agriculture, including forestry, animal husbandry, the aquatic sciences and fisheries, and human nutrition.

  • AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) - serves as the catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences. Although the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) does not contain the text of the materials it cites, thousands of its records are linked to full-text documents online, with new links added daily.
  • Census of Agriculture - is produced by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.


  • USA Spending - is the publicly accessible, searchable website mandated by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to give the American public access to information on how their tax dollars are spent.
  • US Government Accountability Office (GAO) - is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," the GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO is the Comptroller General of the United States.

Business and Economics

Careers and Occupations

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - is the nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.  Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.




  • Department of Education - offers information about the Department, including .initiatives and priorities,  grant opportunities, offices, publications,  research and statistics.
  • National Center for Education Statistics - is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

Facts and Statistics

Government Search Engines and Catalogs of Publications

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and non-financial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.
  • Federal Register - is the official daily journal for US Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents.
  • FDsys:  Federal Digital System - is the official source of current federal publications.
  • GovEngine - is a directory of official federal, state, and local government and court links.
  • Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - is the official Web site of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Search for patents and trademarks, order copies, apply for patents, register trademarks, pay fees, monitor progress, etc.
  • USA.gov - is the official U.S. Government portal to government information, services, and online transactions.


  • Healthy People - provides a framework for prevention for the Nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

International Data

  • Eurostat - is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe.
  • UN Data - is an internet-based data service which brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point.


  • Congress.gov - provides legislative information from the Library of Congress.  Congress.gov replaces the Thomas retrieval system beginning in July 2016.

South Carolina

  • SCGov - is the official website of the state of South Carolina that provides links to information about state government, including statewide calendar, jobs, agencies and boards, phone directory, education, business, health, public safety and much more.
  • SCIWay - provides links to information about South Carolina, government, business, schools, libraries, civic and religious organizations, community events, statistics, etc.
  • South Carolina Statistical Abstract