Usage and DiscoveryU.S. Documents Masterfile

Below are ways in which library practitioners have successfully implemented U.S. Documents Masterfile: 1774-2018 and maximized the value of the resource.

Who is U.S. Documents Masterfile for?


  • Explore primary sources in American history
  • Search across numerous agencies
  • Expands inquiries into research reports, statistical datasets, and technical studies

Documents Specialists

  • Post-1976 data now merged with historical finding aids
  • Quick access to SuDoc Numbers
  • Track topics across multiple agencies and formats

Example LibGuide Descriptions

University of Kentucky

“Single search for indexes and records for nearly 250 years of U.S. Federal government information. Includes The Annals of Congress, Register of Debates and Congressional Globe. Includes links to the full text at the Library of Congress’ American Memory.”

Georgetown University

“U.S. Documents Masterfile is an electronic bibliographic guide to federal, state, local and international public documents, spanning over 200 years of publication, in a single searchable database.

Includes: * Post-1976 GPO Documents * GPO Monthly Catalog Indexes 1900-1976 * GPO Documents 1789-1976 with SuDocs Numbers * Pre-1900 United States Documents * International Documents (e.g., World Bank Records) * US Department of Energy * ERIC files…”

How To Increase Awareness To Your Students

API and Federated Search

Paratext offers both an SRU-based API, for deployment within Federated Search Systems, as well as a MARC-based API. This works with our authentication system to allow libraries to pull millions of historical citations into your larger discovery platforms.

SSL and ADA Compliant

Paratext resources comply by all SSL and ADA requirements.

The Federal Widget

The Documents Widget allows you to provide patrons with easy access to The Federal Index via a single search box placed anywhere within your site - or in LibGuides. It links effortlessly to our database, and launches our proprietary interface. Find the code here.

EZ Proxy

All Paratext resources can be used alongside your institution EZ Proxy set-up. Look for the proper stanza set-up here.

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