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Federal Digital System  FDsys

This database is freely available to the general public via the Internet.


FDsys (Federal Digital System) is the Government Publishing Office's (GPO) database of documents published by Congress and executive agencies. It covers nearly 80 databases about:

  • Congressional bills, reports, documents, and debates.
  • Constitution.
  • Consumer information.
  • Directories to federal agencies.
  • Economic indicators.
  • Education reports.
  • Energy research.
  • Federal budget.
  • Health information.
  • Laws and regulations.
  • Presidential Papers
  • Science
  • Selected historic publications.

Browse the current list of databases to view specifics.

Consult the FDsys FAQ for additional information. Selected sections need updating, but most information is still relevant.

Searching Tips

See Federal Digital System (FDsys) for brief information. The U. S. Government Printing Office Federal Digital System (FDsys) Search User Manual is a detailed guide.

Fdsys: Advanced Search Techniques and Tips.  Downloadable MP3 audio recording (12.3 MB; runtime 54:20) and related Slides.

Dates Covered

Varies depending upon the database.

Print Counterpart

Varies depending upon the database. Most print counterparts are available in the University Libraries.

Related Databases

  • Catalog of Government Publications (U.S. Government Printing Office) A catalog of U.S. government publications issued primarily since 1976.
  • (Federal CIO Council - Chief Information Officers of federal agencies and their deputies) Attempts to provide the public with easy access to federal government statistical and geo-reference databases.
  • Federal Government Databases and Web Resources (Pittsburg State University. Leonard H. Axe Library) Links to federal government databases about nearly 20 popular topics.
  • Frequently Used Sites Relating to U.S. Government Information (American Library Association. Government Documents Round Table) Links to popular U.S. government Web sites organized by topics and branch of government.
  • Registry of U.S. Government Publication Digitization Projects (U.S. Government Printing Office) A directory to digitization projects dealing with U.S. government information.
  • ( Alliance - a consortium of 12 federal agencies) A gateway to over 50 scientific databases.
  • (formerly FirstGov) (U.S. General Services Administration) An attempt to provide a one stop shopping mall for all federal government information.


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