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Trans Accessible Libraries Initiative

This guide provides practical information and library resources for transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming students, and those interested in trans studies.

What is Government Information?

Government information, whether international, federal, state, or local information, offers legal and policy information, data and statistics, and consumable information such as health and well-being information. At the time of publication, it can give a snap shot of the goals and missions of the agency producing the information. 

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And why should I use it in my research?

While most will not fall under the "peer reviewed" category frequently requested by professors, they are generally considered credible, reliable, and authoritative. For example, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century. CRS is well-known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan.

How to Find Government Information

Many government publications owned by UNT can be found using the Advanced Search in the UNT Libraries catalog. Enter your search terms in the topmost text box (highlighted in yellow below), then use the Collections drop down, select Government Documents (circled in red below), and scroll to the bottom of the page to click the green Search button. 

Discovery advanced search

The UNT Digital Library is in partnership with the UNT Libraries' Government Documents Department and provides access to over 400,000 items. Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter your search terms in the text box (highlighted in yellow below) and click the green Search button to the right. 

UNT Digital Libraries Government Documents Collection

Government Information Databases

Use the link above to access ProQuest Congressional (this can also be found in the Databases list from the library home page). Place your search term, transgender, into the text box (highlighted in yellow below) then click the search icon to the right.

ProQuest Congressional search box

On the results page you can narrow or limit your search results by adding an additional term to the search box, such as employment, clicking the Search within results box and then the search icon to the right (circled in red below). There are also limiters on the left hand side of the page: Date, Content Type, and Document Type (see below red arrow).

ProQuest Congressional limiters

Government Information Web Resources

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