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Government Information

Government information is still available to the public while the building is closed. Many government resources are online and can be accessed via our Government Documents Research Guide. For assistance, email Check for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and NMC.

Osterlin Library houses both federal and State of Michigan documents as part of government depository programs. Use government search engines to find laws, reports and statistics about the Grand Traverse region, Michigan and the United States.

Federal Government Research

Osterlin Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1964. The collection is especially strong in statistics and reports from the departments of Commerce (Census), Defense, Education, Health, Justice, and Labor. Items are organized by department of the US government and a system called Superintendent of Documents Classification. We also house an extensive collection of Maps, Nautical and Geographic Resources.

Michigan Government Research

Find reports, statistics, and legal information from Michigan state agencies as well as regional information in the Michigan Document Collection.

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How do I cite a Government Document in a List of References or Work Cited Page?

  • Use the library-suggested software program Noodlebib (Best to use when citing a document as part of a multi-source bibliography)
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