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U.S. Declassified Documents Online – HSSE Featured Database

July 22nd, 2021

Humanities, Social Science and Education Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring U.S. Declassified Documents Online, brought to you by Gale.


Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: This database is Gale resource that provides access to previously classified federal documents from the twentieth and twenty-first century. It features several kinds of materials, including intelligence studies, policy papers, diplomatic correspondence, and domestic surveillance reports. New documents are added as editors constantly monitor newly released materials.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using U.S. Declassified Documents Online.

Why you should know this database: This database provides immediate access to a broad range of previously classified federal records spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The collection brings together the most sensitive documents from all the presidential libraries and numerous executive agencies in a single, easily searchable database.

Quick tip: At the top right side of the screen, you will find a button called Cite. If you click on this button, another window will appear that will allow to you cut and paste the citation to your bibliography using one of several citation styles. However, always be sure to review the citation to see that everything is correct. There may be occasional errors.

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Another database you might want to explore is:

ProQuest Congressional Publications:
GOVInfo: Discovering U.S. Government Information: