Government Documents

What's Happening at Marx Library

From April through June, the Marx Library is sponsoring the Jazz, Art, Writers, South Festival, also known as JAWS Fest, showcasing various activities, from art exhibits to musical entertainment.  In support of these events, the Government Documents Dept. has created a display that highlights information available from the U.S. government, specifically on jazz music and its place in our culture.  Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has given the NEA Jazz Masters Award, America’s highest honor in jazz, to almost 200 individuals that have made a major contribution to this American art form.  The “All that Jazz” display can be found on 2nd Floor South and includes a 2-page companion bibliography.


U.S. Planetary Defense: Tracking and Addressing Potential Threats from Outer Space

For the past several decades, NASA has engaged in studying Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs, which are asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun and come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit. The study of NEOs can help further scientific understanding of the birth and formation of our solar system, but some NEOs are on orbital paths that pose potential impact hazards with our planet. Thus, NASA established the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) in 2016 to manage the agency’s diverse and rapidly growing efforts in the ‘applied planetary science’ of Planetary Defense...                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Planetary Defense Overview, NASA

We invite you now to explore the cosmos and celebrate Star Wars Day with our newest government documents display. Learn about the latest Planetary Defense missions and check-out some of our department’s NASA resources.  The display can be found at Marx Library on 2nd Floor South with a supplementary bibliography for more information. 

May the 4th Be with You!


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

Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  (3/29/24)

Freedom of Speech: An Overview   (3/29/24)

Intelligence Community Whistleblower Provisions: A Legislative History   (3/29/24)

President Reagan’s Six Assurances to Taiwan  (3/28/24)

The First Amendment: Categories of Speech  (3/28/24)

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Inability, Part 1: Introduction   (3/28/24)

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Inability, Part 2: Federal Convention Debates   (3/28/24)

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Inability, Part 3: History of Presidential Succession   (3/28/24)

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Inability, Part 4: Early Congressional Action   (3/28/24)

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Inability, Part 5: Congressional Debates   (3/28/24)

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Inability, Part 6: Final Approval and Implementation   (3/28/24)

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment and Presidential Inability, Part 7: Issues for Congress   (3/28/24)

U.S.-China Trade Relations  (3/28/24)

Russia’s War Against Ukraine: European Union Responses and U.S.-EU Relations   (3/27/24)

Emerging Legal Issues Under Title IX: Transgender Athletes and Name, Image, and Likeness Compensation for College Athletes   (3/25/24)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): History, Overview of Domestic Programs, and Selected Issues   (3/22/24)

Illicit Fentanyl and Mexico’s Role  (3/22/24)

Religious Discrimination at School: Application of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964   (3/22/24)

Where a Suit Can Proceed: Court Selection and Forum Shopping   (3/21/24)

Fischer v. United States: Supreme Court to Consider Federal Obstruction Provision in Capitol Breach Prosecution   (3/20/24)

Iran and Nuclear Weapons Production  (3/20/24)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments   (3/18/24)

Restricting TikTok (Part II): Legislative Proposals and Considerations for Congress   (3/15/24)

TikTok: Proposed Legislation and Implications   (3/15/24)

Presidential Candidate and Nominating Convention Security   (3/14/24)

Proposals to Amend the U.S. Constitution: Fact Sheet   (3/14/24)

The Change Healthcare Cyberattack and Response Considerations for Policymakers   (3/14/24)

U.S. Energy Supply and Use: Background and Policy Primer   (3/14/24)

Ukrainian Military Performance and Outlook  (3/14/24)

Defense Primer: The United States Space Force  (3/13/24)

Israel and Hamas Conflict In Brief: Overview, U.S. Policy, and Options for Congress  (3/13/24)

Commercial Human Spaceflight Safety Regulations  (3/12/24)

Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea: Issues for Congress   (3/12/24)

Regulating PFAS Under the Clean Water Act  (3/12/24)

Russian Military Performance and Outlook  (3/8/24)

Presidential Immunity, Criminal Liability, and the Impeachment Judgment Clause   (3/4/24)

The Undetectable Firearms Act: Issues for Congress   (3/4/24)

Taiwan: Defense and Military Issues  (3/1/24)