How Can I Find Government Information?

About the Government Documents Library

Do you want to learn more about the US Presidential Election?  Do you need to understand how a bill becomes a law? Are you interested in historical photographs?  Are you a student looking for information about financial aid?  Oakton Community College Library is one of the nation’s nearly 1,250 designated libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with government information to help you answer these questions.

  • What is the FDLP? The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress in 1813 to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information.
  • What is in a Depository library? Federal depository collections are filled with information on careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and many other subjects in print and on-line.
  • What if I just want on-line information? No problem. You can find links to departments, agencies, and reports on our Web site.
  • What if I need information about a specific topic? You can find in-depth information by subject, along with more information about using government resources, on our Government Information research guide.

Still need more? You're in luck! Click below to find special information right on this page for:

Of Special Interest to Students

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. The Federal Student Aid Gateway is the source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance.


ISAC is the official web site of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), a one-stop financial aid center, offering a comprehensive array of programs and services.


Oakton Community College's Office of Student Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers a wide array of financial assistance programs available from several sources. Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Assistance may be need-based or non-need based.

On April 21, 2009, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an expansion of opportunities for all Americans to serve their communities and our country. is a comprehensive clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities. Americans who are interested in volunteering can use this tool to locate opportunities to serve across the country and around the world.

Serve Illinois

Serve Illinois is the web site of the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. On this site you can find information on service programs such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Learn and Serve Program. Additionally, you can find information about volunteer opportunities, resources, scheduled training, and service day events in your area.

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Of Special Interest to Faculty and Staff

Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability was created in 1972 by the 77th General Assembly to provide the Legislature with research and information regarding state and national economies, revenue projections and operations of Illinois Government.

The Commission is mandated to report to the General Assembly on economic trends in relation to long-range planning and budgeting; and to study and make such recommendations as it deems appropriate on local and regional economic and fiscal policies and on federal fiscal policy as it may affect Illinois This mandate results in several reports on various economic issues being published throughout the year.

State Universities Retirement System (SURS)

The mission of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is to: (1) provide for SURS annuitants, participants, and their employers, in accordance with State law, the best and most cost-effective benefit administration services in the United States; (2) manage and invest the fund's assets prudently; and (3) endeavor to achieve and maintain a financially sound retirement system. The SURS Web site includes links to forms and guides, resources, helpful Web sites, the Advocate newsletter, and legislation and rules.

Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA)

The Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) is a statewide organization that represents the common interests of all faculty in the public community colleges in Illinois; promotes teaching and learning excellence and professional development; provides a faculty presence on the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB); and informs faculty of issues which affect the 48 public community colleges in Illinois. See the Legislative Affairs page of the ICCFA's Web site for the status of proposed or pending bills which impact community college faculty, students, and institutions, including amendments to the Illinois Pension Code.

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is published every weekday and its Web site features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; discussion forums; and career-building tools.

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Of Special Interest to Veterans and Military Personnel for U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans includes official information and services from the U.S. government.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers links to

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs includes information

Veterans Care Program

The Veterans Care Program is designed to provide comprehensive, affordable healthcare to Illinois' uninsured veterans. The Veterans Care Program covers those veterans who have the least access to reliable healthcare. These are the veterans who cannot currently access Veterans Health Administration's benefits and who meet specific income requirements.

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What You Need to Know about Taxes

Federal Tax Forms

  • Tax Assistance for Individuals: 800.829.1040.
  • Tax Assistance for People with Hearing Impairments: 800.829.4059 (TDD).
  • Form 1040, U.S. individual tax return form for the most recent year.
  • 1040 Instructions, general instruction booklet - 95 pages.
  • Schedule A (1040) Itemized Deductions.
  • Form 1040A, U.S. individual tax return form for 2015-2017.
  • Form 1040EZ, Income tax return for single and joint filers with no dependents for 2015-2017.

Illinois Tax Forms

  • Illinois Department of Revenue
  • Tax Assistance for Individuals: 800.732.8866.
  • Tax Assistance for People with Hearing Impairments: 800.544.5304 (TDD).
  • Form IL-1040 , Illinois individual income tax return form for the most recent year.
  • IL-1040 Instructions, instruction booklet - 16 pages.
  • Form IL-505-I, Automatic Extension Payment, The Illinois State form for automatic extension for individuals filing income tax return for the most recent year.

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The Widening Gap Update

States are $1.38 Trillion Short in Funding Retirement Systems