Government Documents

*****Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in the state of Alabama, the University of South Alabama is on restricted access to the campus.  As of August 17th, the Marx Library is currently open to USA students, faculty & staff only.  Access to online government information is available as usual through GOVERNMENT WEBSITES,  SOUTHcat, and LIBRARY LIBGUIDES.  If you have any questions relating to government information, please email*****


Historical Events -- 35th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.  Christa McAuliffe, sponsored by a NASA project, was about to be the first teacher in space, and classrooms of students across the country were tuned in for the television coverage.  What began as a highly anticipated teachable moment to inspired budding young scientists, turned into a tragedy that shocked the nation.  

To commemorate this historical event, the Marx Library Government Documents Dept. has a display on 2nd Floor South, of library resources on the topic.  For a listing of government resources, both on the web and in the library, see the following bibliography:


February is National African-American History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  For more information (Exhibits & Collections, Audio & Video, Resources for Teachers, and Selected Images) see their web site:   African American History History Month

For a listing of other government resources, see the following bibliography:

In addition, there are several government documents LibGuides on related topics:


Topics in the News -- Some recent reports from the Congressional Research Service:

Public Confidence in Elections     (10/29/20)

State Minimum Wages: An Overview     (12/22/20)

Russian Cyber Units     (1/4/21)

Defense Primer: The United States Space Force     (1/8/21)

The U.S. Capitol Police: Brief Background     (1/12/21)

Domestic Terrorism and the Attack on the U.S. Capitol     (1/13/21)

The Impeachment and Trial of a Former President     (1/15/21)

Law Enforcement’s Response to the Jan. 6th Events at the Capitol     (1/22/21)

Keystone XL Pipeline: The End of the Road?     (1/22/21)

The Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution   (1/27/21)

Resolutions to Censure the President: Procedure and History     (2/1/21)


COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Vaccinations

COVID-19 Vaccines  --  General home page regarding the CDC Vaccination Program

COVID-19 Vaccination --  Find information for COVID-19 vaccination administration, storage and handing, reporting, and patient education for each specific vaccine

Answering Patients’ Questions --  This page outlines some topics patients ask about most vaccines and tips for how to answer their questions.

COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Data Systems  -- Tracking COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration activities requires collaboration between public and private information technology (IT) systems and integration of existing and newly developed IT systems.

For additional resources on infectious diseases, consult our LibGuide -- Gov Docs: Infectious Diseases 



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