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Primary Sources

Government Documents

Materials produced by national, state, and local governments and national and international organizations may be considered primary resources. United States Senate and House hearings, resolutions, laws, etc. are primary documents as are publications of organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Presidential papers, treaties, and Supreme Court decisions are other examples of primary resources. Many of these documents are available online through BU library databases. Documents that are not available online may be available in microfilm or microfiche in Mugar Library or the Pappas Law Library.

 Government documents databases available at BU include:


For additional databases see the Government Documents Databases A-Z list. Guide


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Donald Altschiller
Mugar Memorial Library
Subjects: History, Religion