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Illinois History Research: Government Information

This guide provides information on library resources that can be used to research topics related to Illinois History.

Indexes to Government Publications

Many U.S. and Illinois government agencies have issued publications related to Illinois. Government publications available in the WIU Libraries can be found using WestCat. However, the WIU Libraries also provide access to digital collections of early government publications.

The American State Papers and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set contain reports and publications that were issued by Congress, including reports that were written by government agencies and sent to Congress. The American State Papers have 110 items related to Illinois, while the U.S. Congressional Serial Set contains nearly 1,000 publications that have the word Illinois in their title. The American State Papers and the Serial Set are available digitally using the links below.

Illinois State Government Publications - can be found using WestCat or I-Share. When requested, they will be sent to the WIU Libraries in Macomb or the Quad Cities Library.

Other Collections with Government Information