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This guide introduces patrons to government documents sources available in the Earl S. Richardson Library at Morgan State University.
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For Legislative Branch Information

All databases that Morgan State subscribes to can be accessed through Research Port:

  • Congressional Record
    Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published daily when Congress is in session. 1995-present.
  • Congressional Quarterly Researcher
    CQ Researcher is often the first source that librarians recommend when researchers are seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy. Reports are published in print and online 44 times a year by CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publications.
  • Congress
    Provides full text of the United States Congress legislation; Congressional Record, committee information, and historical documents.

For Judicial Branch Information

  • U.S. Courts Opinions
    United States Courts Opinions (USCOURTS) collection is a pilot project between the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) to provide public access to opinions from selected United States appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. The content of this collection dates back to April 2004, though searchable electronic holdings for some courts may be incomplete for this earlier time period.
  • U.S. Courts
    Provides information about U.S. Federal Courts and their judges, court records from 1999 to the present, where to locate federal courts and more.
  • PACER
    PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) provides public access to case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator.
 

Departmental Libraries

Databases by Topic

All databases that Morgan subscribes to can be accessed through Research Port:

  • Agricola (USDA)
    Agriculture related citations for journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports.
  • Agricultural Statistics
    Statistics on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, and returns.
  • American Memory (LOC)
    Gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States including text, photos, books and manuscripts, sheet music, and video and sound recordings.
  • American Fact Finder
    Population, Housing, Economic, and Geographic data from the Census Bureau. Also includes maps, statistics, fact sheets and other publications.
  • Budget of the U.S. Government
    Federal budget publications for fiscal years 1996 to present and the Economic Report of the President for calendar years 1995 to the present.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    Provides timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data.
  • CIA World FactBook
    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Dietary Supplement Lable Database
    The DSLD provides product information that can be organized and searched and utilized to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements or the content of the products.
  • Federal Register
    Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
  • Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
    Online access to authenticated versions of the basic federal government documents that define our democratic society, including the Federalist Papers, Articles of Confederation, and the papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
    Contains descriptive records for historical and current federal publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.
  • ERIC (via EBSCO)
    Search the ERIC database through the EBSCO platform
  • ERIC (via FirstSearch)
    Search ERIC through the FirstSearch platform.
  • Federal Domestic Assistance
    Information on federal programs and services providing assistance or benefits to the American public.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States
    Official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.
  • GPO Monthly Catalog
    Index to all types of government documents printed by the US Government Printing Office.
  • Government Accounting Office Reports
    Contains reports on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of federal programs conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO) from fiscal year 1995 through the present.
  • Medline (via EBSCO)
    Medline is the National Library of Medicine journal citation database. It provides more than 24 million references to biomedical and life sciences journal articles back to 1946. MEDLINE includes citations from more than 5,600 scholarly journals published around the world. Medline citations are a subset of the PubMed database (q.v.)
  • Medline (via FirstSearch)
    Medline is the National Library of Medicine journal citation database. It provides more than 24 million references to biomedical and life sciences journal articles back to 1946. MEDLINE includes citations from more than 5,600 scholarly journals published around the world. Medline citations are a subset of the PubMed database (q.v.)
  • North American Industry Classification System
    The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
  • PubMed
    PubMed comprises over 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.
  • U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
    Full text of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • U.S. Government Manual
    Official handbook of the Federal Government with comprehensive information on agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, boards, commissions, and committees.
  • USDA Plants Database
    The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.
  • SciTech Connect
    SciTech Connect connects users with science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Household Products Database
    Gateway to discovering potential hazards of household products.
  • National Security Agency (NSA) Archive (via George Washington University)
    The National Security Archive combines a range of functions including investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents, leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.
  • ToxNet
    CTD contains manually curated data describing cross-species chemical-gene/protein interactions and chemical- and gene-disease relationships. The results provide insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying variable susceptibility and environmentally influenced diseases.
  • MIlitary Periodicals Index
  • NASA Technical Reports Server
    NTRS provides access to aerospace-related citations, full-text online documents, images, and videos. The types of information included are: conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, images, movies, and technical videos – scientific and technical information (STI) created or funded by NASA.
  • PubDefense
    Public Access search interface (click blue button) contains an initial collection of DoD-funded published journal articles and accepted manuscripts. Additional metadata, full-text, and links to documents will be added as they are submitted to DTIC. Access to the full-text of items in this collection will be available after a maximum embargo of 12-months.
  • USDHHS Office for Civil Rights Privacy Breaches
    This page lists all breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals reported within the last 24 months that are currently under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights.
  • Chronicling America (Historic newspapers)
    Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
  • FireDoc
    An online bibliographic (citations only) database that contains a large collection of building and fire research materials from many sources. The database reflects the 80,000 holdings (published reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and audio/visual items) that have been collected by the Engineering Laboratory's Research Information Service.
 

Agriculture

  • Agricola (USDA) Edit/Delete Quick Stats
    Agriculture related citations for journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports.
  • Agricultural Statistics Edit/Delete Quick Stats
    Statistics on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, and returns.
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