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This guide serves as a point of access to government information for the constituents of Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and the citizens of Illinois' 12th Congressional District.
Last Updated: Nov 9, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Welcome to Morris Library Government Documents website!

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Presidential Power Research guide. The case of the broken links (news 1/27/2017) 

New online resource: Solar Eclipse Computer (Source: Astronomical Applications Department of US Naval Observatory)

   You can obtain the circumstances of recent and upcoming solar eclipses for any location.


Online resources updates: 

New Electronic Titles are accessible from the New Titles section of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).

Check the updated trade statistics on USA Trade Online (, the official source of U.S. merchandise trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Contact or 1-800-549-0595 Option 4, with any questions. now includes Quick Search options for the Congressional Record, Committee Reports, Nominations, Treaty Documents, and Communications.  For more details of this feature and other enhancements,  see our In Custodia Legis blog post yesterday " Spring Cleaning: Expanded Quick Search" .

eBooks at GPO

New discontinued government statistical product: American Community Survey

"As a result of tight budgetary considerations, the U.S. Census Bureau has proposed permanently discontinuing a statistical product from the American Community Survey beginning in fiscal year 2016." (Read more at:

New online tutorial: 

Four starting points for anyone to find free Federal government information on just about any topic. (click on "slide presentation" or "audio transcript") Charles E. Malone. FDLP Academy Presentation. April 19th, 2016.

Want to search your own government documents? Go to to get started.

Need assistance? Contact


News Archive

Free public event: Celebrate The Constitution at SIUC Morris Library

Topic: "They are coming to take your house! Oh my .... can they do that?" The Champion SIU Debate Team debates the 5th Amendment: The United States Supreme Court should overturn its decision in Kelo v City of New London.
Time: 7pm, Sept. 14, 2016 (Refreshments will follow). Limited number of pocket constitution in English and Spanish will be given away onsite. 
Location: Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library, SIUC
Question: 618-453-2818

Summer 2016: The US Government provides hundreds of free models that are ready to 3D print. They have everything from a model of the Hubble Telescope to a model of the Zika Virus. Morris Library has travling exhibits and workshops on free US government resources for 3D printing during Summer 2016. 

Public Health Reports: Upcoming Changes

Beginning in July 2016, Public Health Reports (PHR) (HE 20.30:, item number 0497-A-01), the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service, will be published by SAGE Publishing. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), which has published PHR since 1999, will continue to work with SAGE and the Office of the Surgeon General.

As a result of the change in publisher, Federal depository libraries will no longer have complete access to the most recent 12 months of the journal. Portions of PHR, Federal recommendations, guidelines, the Surgeon General’s perspectives column, abstracts, and content from ASPPH, will remain open access. All other content will be behind a subscription wall for 12 months. At the end of those 12 months, all PHR content for an issue is available via PubMed Central and through the FDLP. A complete archive of PHR and its predecessor titles is also available via PubMed Central.

ASPPH does not yet have a firm date for the change to Federal depository library access to the current 12 months of the journal. An update will be posted to FDLP News and Events once an exact date is known.

New online resource: vs

What is govinfo? govinfo is GPO's beta website that will eventually replace the FDsys website. The availability of this new website has no impact on the content, metadata, preservation repository, application of digital signatures, or any other back end processing of the content. This means all content available through this site is the same content you would get through the FDsys website. Simply put, govinfo is the new front door to accessing the same content and it is available at

The key new features of

a new modern look and feel,

the capability to link related content,

two new ways to browse content: alphabetically and by category,

a new open-source search engine,

enhancements to the search filters, and

more options for sharing pages and content on social media.

To learn more about the new features and enhancements govinfo has to offer, refer to Release Notes - govinfo Beta Launch.

When will govinfo replace FDsys? FDsys will continue to run in parallel with the new govinfo website for a period of time while it is still in beta. During this time, we will be gathering feedback from users, continuing development and design work, and ensuring any unexpected issues with the site are fully resolved.

The transition from FDsys to govinfo will most likely occur in stages:

Stage 1: govinfo and FDsys websites are both maintained and updated while users become aware of and get acclimated to the new site.

Stage 2: New functionality may only be enabled on govinfo.

Stage 3: FDsys is sunset and replaced by govinfo.

These stages will be communicated to users on both sites throughout the transition.

To learn more about govinfo, read Q and A.

To see what’s currently available on the beta site, see What's Available or visit the A to Z Browse page..

To learn about the new features of this site, read Release Notes - govinfo Beta Launch


Library of Congress: Strong Leadership Needed to Address Serious Information Technology Management Weaknesses [PDF] March, 2015.

Ferguson Grand Jury Documents

"A grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Scores of documents, including testimony from the proceedings as well as reports and interview transcripts considered as evidence, were released by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch." (From

NASA 3D Models

These models are for anybody that uses a 3D software package. Most of the models are in the common .3ds format, which can be read by most 3D programs. Some models, however, are in their original .lwo, .fbx, or .obj formats to preserve details that would be lost in conversion.

CDC. Vital Signs: Births to Teens Aged 15–17 Years — United States, 1991–2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).


Online Tutorials Highlight:

Accessible Census Data for Everyday Use (US Census Bureau)

How to find total population data from American FactFinde (US Census Bureau)

How to find economic data from American FactFinder (US Census Bureau)

Accessing County Business Pattern Data (US Census Bureau)

American FactFinder's Create a Map Feature (US Census Bureau)

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