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Government Information Guide


Please be aware that many of the items in our Government Documents collection are historical in nature. These historical items cannot be relied upon to provide accurate or current advice regarding any laws, policies, or procedures.

Featured Government Documents: Parks

Explore the outdoors this summer!

Enjoy our National, State, County, and City Parks!

Take some time to enjoy the summer weather while reading about our parkland.

The print books listed below are located on the second floor desk and may be checked out.

Also on display is a selection of brochures for national and state parks. Did you know that the iconic National Park brochure design, called the Unigrid system, was designed by Massimo Vignelli, who also designed the New York City subway signage?

Resources for Immigrants

NEIU Libraries has a number of resources for immigrants that can be checked out. Some of these are located on the large desk on the second floor. Additionally, there are many great resources from the United States Government that can assist with immigration and naturalization.

In the News

image of a cicada

Here come the cicadas!

Information about this year's double cicada brood from the USDA's Forest Service.

Image from Wikimedia Commons user Pmjacoby.

Pride Flag


Guides to LGBTQIA+ resources and information from other Federal Depository Libraries

Air Quality map


Concerned about air quality? has you covered. Complete with maps and lists of primary pollutants in our air, this site provides all the information you need regarding how air quality is affecting your health.

Smithsonian Open Access

Looking for amazing free images? Smithsonian Open Access is a new venture by the Smithsonian institution that provides millions of free-to-use images taken from the collections of the Smithsonian museums.

Image of a Coronavirus

DPLA releases The Covid Archive as a free e-book

The Covid Archive is a digital finding aid for the digital archive of government documents related to the response of U.S. federal and state governments to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The finding aid provides an index to more than 3,000 government documents related to the pandemic response that were identified by the Covid Tracking Project and digitally preserved by DPLA. To our knowledge, this is the most comprehensive archive of documents related to the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.

Individual Census Report form from the 1950 Census

1950 Census

The 1950 census records were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 1, 2022. This website provides full access to the 1950 census images, including population schedules, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

President Biden Nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

Information from the White House on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court.

Riveter at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, California., 1940-1945

Women's History Month resources from the National Archives

The National Archives celebrates Women’s History Month, recognizing the great contributions that women have made to our nation. Learn about the history of women in the United States by exploring their stories through letters, photographs, film, and other primary sources.

Novelty UFO building

UFO Documents Index - NSA|CSS

Various UFO-related documents made available by the National Security Agency Central Security Service.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

FDLP LibGuides: African American History and the Civil Rights Movement

Guides to African American history and the Civil Rights movement from other Federal Depository Libraries

Finding Government Documents at NEIU

Government documents are located on the 2nd floor of the Ronald Williams Library and are indicated by with the prefix DOC.

Federal publications are organized under the Superintendent of Documents classification scheme (SuDocs) which categorizes documents based on the publishing department or agency and the individual item number.  

For example: 

DOC.CSA 1.10:SU6 Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds in Summary.  The first part of the call number (DOC.) indicates that this document is located on the 2nd floor.  The CSA represents the publishing agency (in this instance the Community Services Administration) and the final part represents the indivdiual item.

Publications of the State of Illinois are indicated by the prefix DOC.IL and are organized under the Nakata-Strange classificaiton scheme, which also categorizes documents based on the publishing department or agency and the individual item number.

Publications of the City of Chicago and of Cook County are indicated by the prefix DOC.CHI. and are organized under the Library of Congress classification system like most of the other books in the library.

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Special Thanks

This subject guide was designed for NEIU by Anthony Sigismondi, MLIS as part of the practicum program at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.