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Guide to Finding U.S. Government Documents in the Pentagon Library

DoD Directives and Instructions

Paper copies of current, superseded, and obsolete directives and instructions are located in the Military Documents section on the upper floor of the library. Please use the Ask A Librarian to request individual copies be delivered to you digitally.

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Public Statements of the Secretary of Defense

The volumes are compiled by the OSD Historical Office and located in the general collection on the upper floor of the library.
Public statements of Clark M. Clifford, March 1, 1968-January 20, 1969, UA23.3 .C55
Public statements of James R. Schlesinger, Secretary of Defense, July 2, 1973-November 19, 1975, UA23.3 .S35
Public statements of Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, November 20, 1975-January 20, 1977, UA23.3.R86
Public statements of Harold Brown, Secretary of Defense, January 21, 1977-January 20, 1981, UA23.3 .B76
Public statements of Caspar W. Weinberger, January 21, 1981-November 23, 1987, UA23.3 .W45
Public statements of Frank C. Carlucci, Secretary of Defense, November 23, 1987-January 20, 1989, UA23.3 .C37
Public statements of Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense, March 21, 1989-January 20, 1993, UA23.3 .C53
Public statements of Les Aspin, Secretary of Defense, January 21, 1993-February 3, 1994, UA23.3 .A87
Public statements of William J. Perry, Secretary of Defense, February 3, 1994-January 24, 1997, UA23.3 .P47
Public statements of William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense, January 24, 1997-January 20, 2001, UA23.3 .C64
Public statements of Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, January 20, 2001-December 18, 2006, UA23.3 .R86

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DoD Inspector General Reports

Publicly releasable reports and other publications issued by the Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Auditing (ODIG-AUD) and the Assistant Inspector General for Audit Policy and Oversight (APO) are available for download on this DoD IG website back to FY 1990.

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Army Regulations

Digital collections of obsolete regulations back to 1960 are available to search through our Library catalog. To search the catalog for military documents, simply enter into the Title search box your document series number in quotes, ex. "AR 10-5". For ARs dated prior to 1960, use our Ask A Librarian service to request individual copies to be delivered to you digitally.

Paper copies can be obtained through the following sources:
Pentagon Library: Paper copies of current, superseded, and obsolete Army regulations are located in the Military Documents section on the upper floor of the library.
U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center at Carlisle Barracks
Combined Arms Research Library at Ft. Leavenworth

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Annual Report of the Secretary of Defense (reports back to 2003 in the Publications Archive).

 

Paper volumes of the Annual Report of the Secretary of Defense are located on the upper floor at UA23 .A4711. As of this writing, the most recent report was published in 2005.

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Annual Report of the War Department

Paper volumes of The Annual Reports of the Secretary of War are located on the upper floor of the library at UA24 .A11. Some years can be accessed by authorized users in ProQuest Congressional on the Library Intranet. The Library has 164 rolls of microfilm of reproduced Annual Reports of the Secretary of War, 1822-1907, together with supplementary reports from the printed annual reports of subordinate bureaus and offices. These are shelved in the microfilm cabinets after the title Yank.

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DoD Key Officials, 1947-2004

A paper copy is located at UA23.6 .F32 2004 in the Reference section.

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United States Statutes at Large: (2003-2006) and (1789-1875)

Every law enacted by Congress is published here in order of its passage. All years are available online on LexiNexis and available to authorized library card-holders on computers in the library. All years of the paper volumes are shelved in the compact shelving on the lower floor of the library.

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United States Code

1994 through 2006 editions published by the Government Printing Office. The U.S. Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States and is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles. Title 10 is Armed Forces, Title 5 is Government Organization and Employees, Title 32 is The National Guard, Title 37 is Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services, Title 38 is Veterans’ Benefits, and Title 50 is War and National Defense. Although the government publishes a free version, many prefer the more frequently updated commercial versions from LexisNexis (United States Code Service) and Westlaw (United States Code Annotated). Authorized library card-holders may request these from a librarian or use LexisNexis on a computer in the library.
Also see 1988 through 2006 editions plus Classification Tables listing sections of the U.S. Code affected by recently enacted laws at the Office of the Law Revision Counsel.
Looking for older copies? The library has paper copies of U.S. Code editions back to 1934 in the compact shelving on the lower level of the library. Paper copies of the most current West’s United States Code Annotated are located nearby.

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Federal Register (1994-present)

This publication is the medium by which each Federal executive agency must notify the public of official agency actions by publishing their rules and proposed rules. Paper copies for the last two years are in the compact shelving on the lower floor of the library. Electronic copies are available to authorized library card-holders on LexisNexis July 1, 1980 to present. The library also has microfilm reels for 1936-1983 and microfiche for 1984-2004 in microfiche cabinet #19.

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Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)(1996-present)

The CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Title 32 is National Defense. Looking for older copies? The library has microfiche starting with 1938. Paper copies of only the current editions of all titles except Title 3 are in the compact shelving on the lower floor of the library. The library keeps all years of the paper copies of Title 3, which contains presidential proclamations, executive orders, and other presidential documents.

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Presidential Documents and Executive Orders

Public Papers of the Presidents beginning with 1991

These volumes are published by the federal government under the title Public papers of the Presidents of the United States, Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President and may be found at J80 .A1 on the lower floor of the library for volumes starting with Herbert Hoover. The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt are not part of this set and are shelved separately at E806 .R786. For earlier presidents, search the library catalog by author to find titles such as The Papers of John Adams E302 .A275.

 

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (formerly Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents)

This title is the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary.
Published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents first began in 1965 and is available on GPO Access from 1993-Jan. 29, 2009 at. Paper volumes of the entire set back to 1965 are shelved in the compact shelving on the lower floor of the library. The Weekly Compilation was replaced by the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents . The first document is the Inaugural Address on Jan. 20, 2009. 

Executive Orders

There are multiple sources for presidential executive orders. The most comprehensive database is LexisNexis and can be searched at library computers or requested from a librarian.

Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations (The President) includes executive orders. The online version is on GPO Access (1997 – Present). Paper copies of all years of Title 3 are retained at the library although only the current year is kept for all of the other volumes.

The Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders and has some orders before 1997.

The oldest executive orders in the library collection are in a multi-volume set in the compact shelving shelved after The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and before the Federal Register. Executive orders (1941+) are also in the U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News published by West and located in the compact shelving.

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Congressional Record

Congressional Record (Bound) (1999 to 2001) and Congressional Record (Daily) (1994 to Present). This is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. The subscription of ProQuest Congressional on the Library Intranet for authorized library card-holders includes Congressional Record Permanent Edition, 1873-1997; Congressional Globe, 1833-1873; and Annals of Congress, 1789-1824. Paper volumes for all years of the Congressional Globe and Congressional Record are in the compact shelving on the lower floor. Microfilm holdings Dec. 1, 1873-July 17, 1996 are in the microfilm cabinets on the lower floor.

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Legislative Histories

Paper holdings: The library has a collection of legislative histories for defense laws. These were compiled by the library staff or by other offices in the Pentagon. They are shelved by public law number in the compact shelving on the lower floor of the library.

Microfiche holdings: Congressional Information Service (CIS) began publishing legislative histories for many laws in 1970. There are CIS index volumes in the compact shelving where you will find legislative histories and CIS microfiche numbers for the text of the various congressional documents. The microfiche from 1970-1994 is in microfiche cabinets 5, 6, & 7. The microfiche from 1995-present is in microfiche cabinets 8 & 9.

ProQuest Congressional on the Library Intranet includes the digitized version of the CIS microfiche. Some legislative history is in the United States Code, Congressional & Administrative News (USCAAN). The library has paper copies 1941-2006 in the compact shelving or online through the WestLaw.com subscription for librarian use only.

For the legislative history of a section of the United States Code, see the United States Code Annotated by Westlaw (paper copies in the compact shelving or authorized users may request the online version from a librarian) or the United States Code Service online by LexisNexis (library computers or authorized users may request from a librarian).

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Congressional Hearings and Reports

The collection of paper hearings in the compact shelving on the lower floor of library includes all House and Senate Armed Services Committee hearings and other selected committee hearings and is filed by Congress and then alphabetically by name of committee. Search the Pentagon Library catalog, the Government Printing Office’s FDsys, and committee web sites for free online versions of newer hearings.

The ProQuest Congressional Publications database on the library intranet includes titles beginning with 1824 and is a digitized version of the CIS index and microfiche collection. Authorized library card-holders may access this title online through the Library Intranet.

Microfiche:
CIS Unpublished U.S. House of Representatives Committee Hearings, 1833-1936 in microfiche cabinet 9
CIS Unpublished U.S. Senate Committee Hearings, 1851-1980 in microfiche cabinet 9

Some hearings received through the Federal Library Depository Program from GPO are in microfiche cabinet 16 filed by SuDoc number.

Paper House and Senate reports are shelved following hearings by each Congress in the compact shelving. Other places to look are the microfiche collections, in the digital ProQuest Congressional publications database on the Library Intranet, the U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News, and the legislative history volumes. GPO Reports include the 104th Congress (1995-1996).

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CIS – Congressional Information Service, 1970-Present

This microfiche collection of congressional publications from 1970 to present is kept in microfiche cabinets 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 with indexes shelved in the compact shelving. It includes committee reports and published hearings. A digital version is available to authorized library card-holders on the Library Intranet as the ProQuest – US Serial Set Digital Collection.

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CIS Serial Set and American State Papers, 1789-1969

This microfiche collection includes congressional publications such as committee reports, House and Senate journals, directories, and department and agency annual reports. It is kept in microfiche cabinets 1, 2, and 3 with indexes in compact shelving. A digital version is available to authorized users on the Library Intranet as the ProQuest – US Serial Set Digital Collection.

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CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the U.S. Congress. These reports often provide excellent overviews of various topics of interest to people who work in the Pentagon. CRS does not provide a database of these reports to the public, but some titles can be found on nonprofit and university web sites such as opencrs and Federation of American Scientists. If you do an internet search and don’t find a CRS report, there are other options available through the library. There are companies that obtain and sell the reports and the Pentagon Library subscribes to two of these commercial databases. Authorized users can access the ProQuest U.S. Digital Serial Set (1916-present) or Congressional Research Service Reports (via Congressional Quarterly) databases on the Library Intranet or request a search by a librarian. The library also has a microfiche collection of Major Studies & Issue Briefs of the Congressional Research Service, 1993-2007.

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Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) and 1861-1958/1960 [375 vols.]

Or see the books at JX233 .A3 on the lower floor of the library.

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GAO Reports

 

Includes some pre-1970 items to present. You may also search the library catalog to find older paper reports in the collection or for links to selected digital GAO Reports.

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Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States and archives (October 1995 - 2008)

Paper copies are located at KF6236 .A55 on the lower floor of library (1880-1994). The LexisNexis database has the decisions back to 1921 and you may search it on a computer in the library or request a search by a librarian.

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Previously Classified Government Documents

Declassified Documents Reference System and the Digital National Security Archive are subscription databases that provide online access to some previously classified government documents on the Library Intranet.