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Government Documents and Research: Welcome to Government Resources

Guide to Government documents in Osterlin library and online.
Government information is still available to the public while the library is closed. For assistance, email Check for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and NMC.

Helpful and Interesting Government Sites

Federal Depository Library

Emblem of the US Federal Depository Library Program: an eagle with a book near it.    


Northwestern Michigan College has

been a  proud Federal Depository Library

since 1964.


Government Documents are excellent sources of policy, research and statistics on virtually any topic including science, energy, medicine, education, etc.  The Osterlin library government documents collection includes both print and online documents. 


Video Introduction to Government Documents

Guide to finding Government Documents

NMC and Freedom of Information Act Requests

It is the public policy of the State of Michigan that all persons (except those incarcerated) are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees.

The College's policy with respect to FOIA requests is to comply with State Law in all respects and to respond to FOIA requests in a consistent, fair and even-handed manner regardless of who makes such a request. These requests may also be referred to as Public Record Requests or Open Record Requests as terminology varies from state to state.

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Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Library Research Guide by Michele Howard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.