This page brings together key resources and tools for finding official publications.
use the tabs on the right, or the contents list below, to find what you are looking for.
Official publications are documents published by national governments or by inter-governmental organisations, such as the United Nations and the European Union.
It is traditional to divide UK official publications into two main types: Parliamentary and Non-Parliamentary. Parliamentary papers are a product of the work of the UK Parliament and also of the devolved parliaments and assemblies. Non parliamentary papers are the reports and other publications of individual government departments and agencies, such as the Department of Work and Pensions and the Highways Agency.
It is harder to find online versions of documents produced by or for government departments but which are not presented to Parliament. Current documents will usually appear on the website of the government department concerned, but sometimes documents have moved or departments have changed names and/or web addresses.
The UK Government Web Archive http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/ part of the National Archives is working to mitigate the effects of such changes.
Not all House of Lords papers and bills may be online.
Please note that many of the major online resources eg UK Parliamentary Papers are only available to you if you logon to FindIt@Bham with your University username and password using the Sign in link at the top right of the screen.
The Stationery Office
Although this is a commercial enterprise trying to sell you publications, it is still useful for tracking down bibliographic details, command papers numbers, etc.
For older materials you can use the HMSO/Stationery Office Annual Catalogues, which cover almost all official publications from 1920 onwards, located in the Research Reserve Social Science Reference Z 2009.E6
The HCPP online database which provides access to over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present day is now available using ProQuest's:
There are online sources for all of the other parts of the British Isles, both historic and current.
For materials since the inception of the devolved assemblies (1999):
The Stormont Papers offers access to the Parliamentary Debates of the devolved government of Northern Ireland from June 7 1921 to the dissolution of Parliament in March 28 1972