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Government documents and official publications

Government publications and websites

Government and official publications are valuable primary sources of information for all subjects. This resource guide explains what the different types of official publications are and how to find them.

In our libraries you can find:

  • Parliamentary Papers
  • Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments
  • Parliamentary debates
  • Non-Parliamentary publications

Government websites


GOV.UK contains all the websites for current government departments and many other agencies and public bodies, including news and communications, statistics and consultations.

Search the website for publications from present and former departments. You can refine your search by topic and sub-topic, or by content type to see guidance, news, statistics or policy papers.

UK Government Web Archive

This archive captures UK central government information published on the web. The web archive includes videos, tweets, images and websites dating from 1996 to present.