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What are U.S. Government Documents?

A U.S. government document may be broadly defined as any publication issued at government expense or published under the authority of a governmental body. Included are official papers that record the actions or deliberations of government (such as the Congressional Record), informational publications (like the many statistical compilations of the Bureau of the Census), and reports of research done under government contract. 

The United States Government, often through the Government Print Office (GPO) and its predecessor agencies has provided open access to much U.S. information since 1790.  (Source)

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This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government Documents.  Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Norwich University has been a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1908.  As a selective depository, Norwich receives only publications it has designated as appropriate to its collections.  

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