Easy Access to State Publications through the NC Digital Collections

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Need access to state documents and publications remotely? The Government & Heritage Library (GHL) has you covered! Whether you find yourself working or teaching from home or finally with some free time to dig into your own research, thousands of state publications from North Carolina’s history to modern times are accessible right at your fingertips through the State Government Publications Collection. This collection is a part of the North Carolina Digital Collections, a collaboration between the State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina.

State Government Publications Collection Homepage

What is the State Government Publications Collection?

The State Government Publications Collection consists of thousands of born-digital and digitized, full-text documents from 32 of North Carolina’s state agencies. As state agencies publish new documents year-round, new material is added weekly to the collection, so be on the lookout for newly published materials! The collections’ holdings span from documents published in 1817 all the way to the past month in our current year.

Many of the documents in the collection are born-digital, meaning that they were originally created in a digital format. Born-digital documents have existed for about the past 15-20 years. Older documents originally published in print, often from before 20 years ago, have been digitized and added to the collection.

Access the Collection

The State Government Publications Collection can be accessed via the North Carolina Digital Collections page (https://digital.ncdcr.gov/), the GHL’s Government Publications page (https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/govt-pubs) or by going directly to the collection at https://ncgovdocs.org/index.html

State Agencies Tab

Locate Materials by Agency

The State Government Publications Collection contains documents from 32 North Carolina State Agencies, including:

  • Department of Administration
  • Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Office of the State Auditor
  • Office of State Budget Management
  • Department of Commerce
  • Community Colleges System
  • Office of the State Controller
  • State Board of Elections
  • Division of Employment Security
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • North Carolina State Ethics Commission
  • General Assembly
  • Office of the Governor
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Housing Finance Agency of North Carolina
  • Office of State Human Resources
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Insurance
  • Judicial Branch (NC Courts)
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Office of the Lieutenant Governor
  • Department of Military and Veteran Affairs
  • Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of the Secretary of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of State Treasurer
  • University of North Carolina System

On the landing page for the State Government Agencies via the State Government Publications Collection homepage, you even have the option to search the collection within a particular state agency. There also are links to the respective State Agencies’ websites on this page.

Research Guides Tab

Research Guides

Interested in collections of documents that focus on a particular topic? Check out the “Research Guides” tab at the top of the collection homepage to find curated research guides developed by GHL staff that will aid you in your search. Each research guide contains links to pertinent documents in the collection, provides background and historical information on the central theme of the guide, and discusses further resources that may also be of assistance to you. The State Government Publications Collection website provides access to the following LibGuides:

  • Agriculture in North Carolina
  • Court Reports
  • Data Resources Guide
  • Everything NC
  • Financial Publications of North Carolina Government
  • Legislative Journals
  • North Carolina Legislative History
  • North Carolina State Budget
  • North Carolina’s Military History
  • Public Documents of North Carolina
  • Session Laws of North Carolina
  • Stare Publications about African Americans
  • Transportation in North Carolina (Highways)
  • Women in North Carolina

Subject Terms

Looking for even more digital content outside of the State Government Publications Collection? Take a look at the terms listed under the “Subject Terms” tab on the collection’s homepage to see if any might fit your research topic. Then, simply click on the applicable links to discover items across all collections in the North Carolina Digital Collections that will help make your search more complete and well-rounded!

Subject Terms Tab

Have Questions?

Need additional help in your research? The Reference Team is still available to assist you in the midst of this public health crisis.  Have a quick question? Contact the library via our “Chat with a Librarian” service Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm here: https://libraryh3lp.com/chat/slnc-gov-heritage@chat.libraryh3lp.com. Have a more in-depth question? Contact us via e-mail at slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov or by phone at (919) 814-6790.

Taylor Thompson, Reference Service Assistant