There are a variety of ways to find government information

Search from our Homepage

Select the Catalog tab on and use the search box. The Samford Libraries Catalog searches everything cataloged by the University Libraries including goverment documents in print, microform, media and online.

catalog tab

To limit after search, in Encore, Refine by: column is on left.

Encore, facet, collection
Use the Collection facet,
Select SUL Government Doc Collection

To limit before search, in Encore, use Advanced Search form and change Collection to SUL Government Doc Collection.

encore advanced search form

To limit before search, in Classic catalog, go to (More Searches) dropdown on top right and select Advanced Keyword.

Select Advanced Keyword from dropdown

Search Samford Libraries Catalog

Search Google and Other Portals


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Search Google

The U.S. government's official web portal


Gateway to science information


Search HeinOnline

HeinOnline Fully searchable, .pdf library of archival legal documents, from 1700s - present; includes Law Journal, Federal Register, Treaties and Agreements, and U.S. Supreme Court collections.

Why would you need a government document?

If you need a Public law or act, Primary source, or Statistics.

Or if you have a hot topic, one of these might supplement your research: Congressional hearing, Relevant agency or department document or findings.