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New or Interesting Government Web Sites Government Photos and Images - Hundreds of thousands free and public domain image categories such as art, mammals, parks, plants, art, space and much more.

 Best Titles Ever - "Funny, intriguing, interesting, convoluted or clever, or any combination of the above"

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)    WSU only - "Over 91,400 documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management from a wide variety of sources including federal, state and local governments; international governments and institutions; nonprofit organizations and private entities."  USDA

Food Desert Locator   "Part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, the proposed Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) will expand the availability of nutritious food to food deserts—low-income communities without ready access to healthy and affordable food—by developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets with fresh and healthy food."

Let's Move   "Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams."


Government Documents

The federal government, through its various agencies and branches  produces a vast quantity of information on practically any subject.  Many of these publications are distributed by the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) to depository libraries across the country.  The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)  was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. This program involves the acquisition, format conversion, and distribution of depository materials and the coordination of Federal depository libraries in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The mission of the FDLP is to disseminate information products from all three branches of the Government to nearly 1,300 libraries nationwide. Libraries that have been designated as Federal depositories maintain these information products as part of their existing collections and are responsible for assuring that the public has free access to the material provided by the FDLP.  Weber State University's Stewart Library is a selective government depository, selecting approximately 45% of the documents available.  University of Utah , BYU and USU are other depository libraries in the area.  Utah State University Library is the regional depository for the FDLP and therefore selects 100% of the available documents. 

Federal Depository publications are available the hours the Stewart Library is open.  Ask at the Reference Desk for help.
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The Utah State government also produces a substantial amount of information of interest to the citizens of the state.  

This guide is intended to help introduce you to the use and location of these materials.  The Stewart Library Government  Documents and Maps Department  has documents from the federal government dating  from the 1700's  to the present, and vary in format from pamphlets and other print materials to CDs, microforms and Web sites.


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