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General Collections

The library’s main circulating collection includes over 180,000 materials supporting the research needs of the college. The stacks are located on floors 3A, 2A and 1A.

The library subscribes to a variety of popular and scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. Current issues are kept on the main floor of the library. Older issues are bound and stored on floors 1 and 2. Periodicals do not circulate.

As a government document depository, the library collects materials published by the federal government and the state of Wisconsin. Government documents are located on floor 1.

The reference collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, style guides, handbooks, and other materials useful for finding background information on a topic. It is located on the main floor of the library across from the elevator. Reference items do not circulate.

For a reference database online, check out Credo Reference. This is a great starting point for research projects. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.


Special Collections

The Ripon College Archives is dedicated to preserving the history of Ripon College from its inception to the present. It contains records, yearbooks, college newspapers, photographs, manuscripts, letters and other materials related to college history.

Papers in this digital collection include works presented at the Ripon College Senior Showcase. This online collection is part of an annual celebration of excellence across the liberal arts, with students’ work selected by their departments and presented in both oral presentation or poster format.

The Dale L. Morgan Memorial Collection of Western Americana, donated by Mr. Todd Berens, includes materials covering the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the fur trade, mining, the Mormons of Utah, the California Gold Rush, the transcontinental railroad, and other topics related to the American west. The collection is located in the North Reading Room and is available for checkout.

Wisconsin’s Own Library (WOL) is a collection of books and pamphlets written, edited or compiled by a person who has lived in Wisconsin. Owned by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Wisconsin, the collection currently resides in Lane Library’s South Reading Room, and is available for checkout.

The library collects books and other materials authored by former and current Ripon College faculty. These items are located on the main floor and do not circulate.

This collection includes works authored by Ripon College alumni. It is located on the main floor and available for checkout.

The library actively collects winners of the Caldecott, Newberry and other children’s literature awards to support Ripon College’s childhood education and development courses. Items in this circulating collection are interspersed with the stacks and labeled “Juvenile Literature.”

These rare and fragile materials may only be used in the library. Ask at the circulation desk for access to items from the collection.


Electronic Databases

For off-campus access to most of our databases, click on the links below and enter your Ripon network ID and password. If you have any questions, please refer to our Off-Campus Access Guide.


Credo Reference
Great starting point for research projects. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

Academic Search Complete
Covers a wide range of academic disciplines, with more than 8600 periodicals available in full text.

A full-text archive of over 400 scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Issues from the past three to five years may not be available.

ProQuest Research Library
Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.



A nonprofit resource that provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.

Humanities E-Book Project
A fully searchable collection of over 3,000 e-books in the humanities.

Humanities International Complete
Broad coverage of humanities disciplines, with over 1200 full-text journals and books.

Literary Reference Center
Contains author biographies, work overviews, and literary criticism.

MLA International Bibliography
An index of scholarly works on literature and languages from around the world.

Naxos Music Library: Classical | Jazz
Streaming access to nearly a million tracks, along with liner notes, libretti, and other supplemental information. While the focus is classical and jazz, the database also includes pop, rock, and world music. Brought to you by the Student Senate and the Ripon College Music Appreciation Society.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Entries offer detailed descriptions of the history, meaning, and pronunciation of English words.

Philosopher’s Index
Abstracts and citations to 550 philosophy journals.

Project Muse
Full-text current and archival articles from 300+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.



Full-text access to the American Anthropological Association’s journals and archives.

Business Source Premier
Full-text journals, company profiles, industry reports, and more.

The American Economic Association’s index to over a century of economics research. Includes journal articles, books, and dissertations, with many titles available in full text.

Education Research Complete
Covers scholarly research in education, with full-text access to 1400 journals and 550 books.

Access to records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with links to full text when available.

ProQuest Social Science Journals
Over 550 full-text journals covering a range of social science topics.

LexisNexis Academic
Provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications. Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria.

Project Muse
Full-text current and archival articles from 300+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

ProQuest Statistical Abstracts
1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets) of statistics on the social, political and economic organization of the United States. Information available both by searching and browsing. Over 550 full-text journals covering a range of social science topics.

PscyInfo, PsycArticles, and Psychology Journals
These three databases combined offer the full text of over 650 journals in behavioral science and related disciplines. They can be searched simultaneously via the above link.



ACS Publications
Full-text access to American Chemical Society journals and archives.

ASM Journals
Full-text access to American Society for Microbiology journals and archives.

A searchable collection of abstracts and indexes for journals included in BioOne.

Full-text journals in biology, ecology, and environmental science.

BioMed Central
Peer-reviewed open access journals in the health sciences.

A collection of scholarly, government, and general-interest titles covering environmental studies.

HighWire Press
Open access scholarly journals in the sciences.

Citations for biomedical literature, with links to full-text content when available.

Provides integrated access to several Chemical Abstracts Service databases plus Medline. If you are a new user to SciFinder, please follow this link to register for the first time. If you are a returning user, you may sign in here.



EBSCO eBook Collection
There are nearly 120,000 eBooks in this collection representing a broad range of academic subject matter, including titles from leading university presses.

Humanities eBook Project
A fully searchable collection of over 3,000 e-books in the humanities.

Project Guttenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.



DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
An interdisciplinary database of free, full-text, scholarly journals.

Google Scholar
Google’s interface for searching citations to scholarly literature.

Hathi Trust
Digital versions of the holdings of several major research libraries. Includes nearly three million works in the public domain, which are freely available.



Access Newspaper Archive
An archive of nearly six thousand newspapers, with issues dating back to the seventeenth century.

LexisNexis Academic
Provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications. The news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources.

Newspaper Source Plus
Recent issues of U.S. and international newspapers, newswires, and television and radio news transcripts.

New York Times Digital Microfilm
New York Times Digital Microfilm content from 2008-Present.


The U.S. government’s official search engine for finding information from local, state, and federal government agency websites
Federal legislative information, including bills, resolutions, laws, and other congressional activities.

Free online access to official publications from all three branches of the federal government.

ProQuest Statistical Abstracts
1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets) of statistics on the social, political and economic organization of the United States. Information available both by searching and browsing. Over 550 full-text journals covering a range of social science topics.


Government Documents

Lane Library is a federal and state depository library. This guide will help you sort through government materials available at Ripon College in a variety of resources.

Librarian for Government Documents

Amy Rachuba | (920)-748-8747 |

Lane Library Staff - Amy Rachuba

Assistant Librarian-Resource Services Lane Library
Departments: Electronic Resources, Government Documents, Serials

Librarian for Classic Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, French, Global Studies, Journalism, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Theatre.

Government Documents


Library Catalog

Search for government documents held at Lane
Library. You may choose to do an advanced search, limiting the collections to "Federal Documents" and/or "State Documents."

Location of Government Documents

Our physical collection can be found in its very own room on the 1st Floor.

General indexes and catalogs

Major portal to US government information available online.


Gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies.


Online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Eventually to replace GPO Access.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Catalog of U.S. government publications cataloged and distributed (including electronic-only titles) since 1976.

Library of Congress organized site; provides access to congressional bills, bill tracking and text, conference reports and the Congressional Record from 1989.

Finding Information

Finding Government Information

Useful websites for sorting out government sources.

GODORT/Frequently Used Sites Related to Government Information

Subject Index to government information resources created by government information librarians.


INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

Cybercemetery (of Former Federal Websites)

The University of North Texas Libraries and the U.S. Government Printing Office, as part of the Federal Depository Library Program, created a partnership to provide permanent public access to the electronic Websites and publications of defunct U.S. government agencies and commissions. This collection was named the "CyberCemetery" by early users of the site. It includes websites from the Executive and Legislative branches and Independent Commissions.

Federal Government

Federal Government Information

Looking for resources about our government? In general, they are divided into three different branches of government: executive, judicial and legislative. Executive branch includes links to the Office of the President and Cabinet Offices. Judicial branch includes the office of the Attorney General, the Supreme Court, and other U.S. courts, including Trade, Claims, and Tax courts. The legislative branch includes the House of Representatives and the Senate, Congressional Directories, the Statutes at Large and the Code of Federal Regulations, information on floor debates and roll call votes, and more.


The White House

Official site including news from the White House blog and press briefing room, photo and video archives, and live streams of events around the country with President Barack Obama and administration officials. Also includes links to the cabinet offices.

Weekly compilation of presidential documents

The official publication of presidential statements and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary, 1993 - present. Published every Monday.

A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

Provides information including website link, parent agency and related agencies for various departments and agencies.

American Presidency Project

A digital project of the University of California at Santa Barbara. They have consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database a variety of documents including historical presidential papers, party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates and results.


Department of Justice

Includes Reports of the Attorney General, and links to legal reports and publications covering topics such as ADA for Small Businesses to Your Rights Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.


Provides links to all the Federal courts: Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts, and Bankruptcy Courts.

History of the Federal Judiciary

Includes biographies of Supreme, Circuit, and District Court judges since 1789.

Supreme Court Decisions 1937 - 1975

Full text and searchable.

U.S. Court of Claims

Money claims made against the Federal government, including tax refund claims.


United States House of Representatives

Links for finding your representative, house schedule, votes, bills, and reports.


Provides links to senators, committees, legislation and history.

Congressional directory 1994-present

This is the official directory of the U.S. Congress. Provides short biographies and additional data such as committee memberships and terms of service.

Library of Congress organized site; provides access to congressional bills, bill tracking and text, conference reports and the Congressional Record from 1989.

GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys)

Provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.


Basic Sources for Legislation and Regulations

Looking for specific bills or regulations? Below are a few good starting points.

Congressional Bills

1993 to the present, through FDSys.

Code of Federal Regulations

Annual editions from 1996 to the present, through FDSys.

Congressional Documents

1975 to the present, through FDSys.

Congressional Record

Official daily record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress from 1994 to the present through FDSys.

Congressional Reports

These reports originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation from 1995 to the present through FDSys.

Federal Register

Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents from 1994 to the present through FDSys. For browsing by subject, especially in current issues, use the FR site itself.


This all-purpose legal research site is operated by the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness.

Public Laws

1987 to the present, through the Library of Congress' Thomas system.


Codification of federal laws. FDSys has editions from 1994 to the present.

State Government

State Government Links

Looking for information on a certain state? Here are a few great places to start your search:

State Government Websites links to main state web page plus links to state agencies by topic, and state courts, governors, and legislators

State News, State Policy & Politics; Daily news service of Pew Center on the States.

State Data Center Network

Partnership created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.

Wisconsin Government

State of Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin homepage. From here, you can find information about specific state agencies and offices. For example, you could find the website for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), or you could find the website for the office of the Governor.

Legislative Documents Search (Online)

This is an electronic archive of Wisconsin laws, statutes, and other legislative information. Electronic availability depends on the year.


International Sources

Looking for basic information on a specific country? Start with the CIA World FactBook. This website provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

International Organizations Databases

United Nations Data (UNdata)

Link to a database with a variety of statistics on various countries in the world.

World DataBank

Link to the World Bank databases; combines the World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance.

International Intergovernmental Organizations

United Nations

Main link to the UN - begins by allowing a choice of language. Links to main UN bodies (organs).

General Assembly of the United Nations Documentation

Search aganda, resolutions, UN journal, and draft proposals from the United Nations.

International Court of Justice

Latest decisions and cases.

World Bank

Research, publications and data available.

International Monetary Fund

Research, publications, data and statistics available.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Research, publications, data and statistics available.

World Health Organization

Shapes the health research agenda, sets norms and standards, articulates evidence-based policy options, provides technical support to countries and monitors and assesses health trends.

European Union is the official website of the European Union. It provides basic information on how the EU works, the latest EU news and events, and provides links to EU information on the websites of EU institutions and agencies.

International Labour Organization

Research, publications, data and statistics available, such as the global wage report and databases of labor statistics.


Government Data and Statistics

Looking for specific data? Start here.

The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

Links to more than 100 U.S. Federal agencies that provide statistics for public use.

State and County QuickFacts

Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography.

American Community Survey

Social, economic and housing characteristics, demographic and housing estimates, and Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) data.

American Fact Finder

Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

DataFerrett from

DataFerrett is a unique data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. (FERRETT stands for Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction, and Tabulation Tool.)

US Department of Labor Demographics

Several programs at the Bureau of Labor Statistics make significant amounts of data available for specific demographic categories. Demographic categories used by BLS include sex, age, race, and ethnic origin. The data by age generally are limited to persons of working age, defined as 16 years and older. Data on race generally are for blacks and whites. Data on ethnicity are confined chiefly to information on persons of Hispanic origin.

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)

Download, graph, and track over 45,000 series from over 35 sources.


Government Images

Our Government provides access to a variety of images in many formats.

American Memory

The Library of Congress provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.


Internet Archive of government produced videos, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors.

NOAA photo library

The collection spans centuries of time and much of the natural world from the center of the Earth to the surface of the Sun.

Smithsonian Digital Image Collection

Images from the Smithsonian Institute collections.

Citing Sources

Citing Government Sources

Now that you have found a particular government resource, how do you cite it? Here is some help below:

Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications (U.Memphis)

Extensive guide to citing paper, microform, and electronic government publications. Numerous examples

APA Style - Citing Legal Materials

Online guide that follows the Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation (from Westfield State Univ.)

Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (from Univ. of Nevada-Reno)

Online guide with examples using MLA format.

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