The Williams Library of Northern State University was designated a federal depository in 1963. Items in the collection are available in paper, microfiche, and various electronic formats. The full collection can be searched via the library catalog - in addition. Government information from other states can be accessed through our Government Documents Web pages.
Finding Government Documents
Items in the Government Documents Collection are labeled and shelved using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification System. Find out how this classification system works.
Federal Government Resources
Find documents from federal agencies, the three branches of government, and subject-specific sites that deal with the arts, health, statistics, the sciences, and more.
State of South Dakota Government Resources
Find a wealth of information produced by South Dakota state agencies and the branches of state government.
International Government Resources
Find meta sites with links to a wide range of international documents and organizations, as well as links to specific international organizations.
Primary Sources in Government Documents
Government documents offer a treasure trove of primary source materials in American history. Find a variety of links to government sites that link to documents such as the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and more.
History of the Collection
Designated a federal depository in 1963, NSU is one of eight depositories serving the residents of the South Dakota Congressional District at Large.
Northern State University is situated in Aberdeen, which is in the northeast section of South Dakota. The depository collection currently represents approximately 24% of the item number categories distributed by the Government Printing Office. Items in the collection are available in paper, microfiche, and various electronic formats. Subject emphasis for item numbers received is based on the teaching and research needs of the academic programs on campus as well as the needs of the residents of the Congressional District at Large.
Areas where emphasis is placed include agriculture, business, and education. Publications from the Department of Agriculture are acquired for the use of farmers, consumers, home gardeners, agri-businesses, etc. Publications of the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration are acquired to support the curriculum of the School of Business as well as the commercial needs of the general public. In addition, many statistical publications of the Census Bureau and other agencies are acquired. Publications of the Department of Education are acquired extensively and in depth. In addition, a complete file of ERIC documents is purchased and maintained. This collection supports the teacher education and counseling programs of the University, and the needs of community educators and parents.
Beulah Williams Library is also a South Dakota State depository. In addition, government information from other states can be accessed through our Government Documents Web pages.