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Government: Getting Started

A guide for finding government information.

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Spotlight on Local History

From Austin Community College's Center for Public Policy and Political Studies, through its Jeffrey M. Friedman Political Video History Project, comes the documentary The Economy Furniture Strike. This is an oral history of the local labor dispute which resulted in the political mobilization of Mexican-Americans in Austin/Travis County. From the project's web page ( you can access indiviudal interviews from principal participants of the strike.

Learn more about the Jeffrey M. Friedman Political Video History Project here.

How to search for Government Information

There are several types of information available to Government students through the ACC libraries, both in print form and electronically. The tabs along the top of the page provide details on the different types of resources listed below:

Books You can find a good selection of Government books in our collection. A book can provide detailed background and in-depth historical information about any given topic.
Reference Books This covers encyclopedias, atlases, and other resources that are referred to for specific information. Go to these for definitions, shorter explanations, quick historical and biographical sketches.
Articles Articles from journals, magazines, and major newspapers are a good source for recent developments and current issues in government. ACC's electronic resources can help connect you to these articles.
Web Sites The internet can provide a wealth of information, especially from government sources and professional organizations.


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Government Apps

Apps (little software applications) allow you to customize your tablet to do the things you like to do. Some of the apps listed are free, while others are fee-based. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. Listed, you will find some app recommendations we have come up with through trial, error, and our own experiences.

ACC Library Services does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons. 

1600 - This app from the White House Historical Association gives you a look inside how things work at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (iOS)

Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations-Access the official Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations summary from Texas Parks and Wildlife. (iOS/Android)

Texas Veterans App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Texas Veterans App-Designed to provide U.S. Military Veterans easy access to the Veterans Crisis Line, Hotline for Women Veterans, Connect with Texas Veterans, Texas Veterans Hotline, and the Texas Veterans Portal. (iOS)

U.S. Capitol Visitor Guide App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
U.S. Capitol Visitor Guide-Includes information about booking tours of the Capitol, visitor amenities, location, hours of operation, watching Congress in session, Exhibition Hall, the Capitol Grounds, the Statue of Freedom, Capitol statues, and security. (iOS)

Texas Local Government Code 2015 App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Texas Local Government Code 2017-Provides access to Texas laws and codes. (iOS)

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