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The Government Publications Library is a Regional Depository - we receive and permanently keep all depository publications of the U.S. Government. We have been a depository since 1907. Publications published in 1976 or after are all cataloged in MNCAT and selected pre-1976 publications are as well. Specialized indexes for publications not in MNCAT are available; ask at the General Reference Desk.

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Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/coredocs.html
Provides American citizens direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society - a core group of current and historical Government publications - for free, permanent, public access.

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Core Indexes and Databases, 1774-present
  • Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (Chadwyck-Healey)
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/11335
    January 1895 - June 1976, updated monthly. Issued by the Superintendent of Documents for the Government Printing Office, catalogs all publications of the United States government, including those of the Congress and all executive departments (with the exception of administrative and confidential or restricted documents). The government prints thousands of documents each year, and many of these are sent to depository libraries.
  • MNCAT
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?mode=Basic&institution=TWINCITIES&vid=TWINCITIES&tab=default_tab
    Search with MNCAT Classic to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by SuDoc call number, keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic. MNCAT Classic lacks the faceted searching of MNCAT Plus, but can be easier to use if you already have a good idea of what you're looking for.
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Indexes and Databases
  • ADAMS
    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html
    Resource Temporarily Unavailable The ADAMS system is back up, but not all documents have been restored.
    ADAMS has the full text of regulatory and technical documents and reports written by NRC, NRC contractors, or NRC licensees. Documents include NRC regulatory guides, NUREG-series reports, correspondence, inspection reports, and others, all searchable and accessible from the NRC Web Site.
  • Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3056
    Indexes articles, news items, and editorials in approximately 80 English language military and aeronautical periodicals.
    (See also printed version, for earlier years...WILSON Quarto TL501 .A5571x)
  • Army Electronic Library
    http://www.apd.army.mil/
    Consolidated index of Army publications & blank forms; electronic libraries of publications & forms provide official electronic versions of Army forms & publications. Search by entering key words or publication numbers such as "AR 1-1". Users may also use the Series Title and Proponent Collection pulldown boxes.
  • Digital National Security Archive
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/13253
    Access primary documents central to United States foreign and military policy since 1945. Material is arranged by topical collection produced by the National Security Archives at George Washington University. Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and more.
  • Energy Citations Database
    http://www.osti.gov/energycitations
    Contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Includes bibliographic records of literature in related disciplines such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and computer science. Includes links to the full text of some recent publications.
  • Environmental Impact Statements: Full-text and Digests
    Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) are documents that help the government and the general public understand the effects of developments on the environment and to decide whether developments should go ahead.Full text statements are available from 2003-present and digests (summaries) are available from 1985-present.
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  • ERIC
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=1472
    Education Resources Information Center
  • Federal Agency Directory
    http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/index.html
    Based on the entries in the US Government Manual, this site includes a very complete listing of federal agency sites.
  • Google U.S. Government Search
    http://www.google.com/ig/usgov
    Google's Government Search appears to search the vast majority of government websites. It certainly includes all *.gov, *.state.*.us, *.mil and some *.org sites.

    To use it most effectively, limit your keyword searches by government or agency like this
    - "site:state.mn.us higher education" searches all MN web sites for higher education information and - "site:ed.gov arts funding" searches the U.S. Department of Education for arts funding information. Note: state governments use a mix of naming conventions - see State and Local Government on the Net to get the base address for the state you're looking for.
  • GPO Access
    http://www.gpoaccess.gov
    A service of the US Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library
    https://www.hsdl.org/
    The HSDL collection provides quick access to important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from various universities, organizations and local and state agencies.
  • Index to Current Urban Documents
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2900
    Index to selective reports and research generated by local government agencies, civic organizations, academic and research organizations, public libraries, and metropolitan and regional planning agencies in approximately 500 selected cities in the United States and Canada. State documents that deal specifically with an eligible city or county may be included.
  • LexisNexis Government Periodicals
    Provides bibliographical information about articles in US government periodicals in all fields, and provides links to the web sites for most of the titles. Check periodical title in MNCAT to locate copies in the Libraries.
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  • NASA Technical Reports Server
    http://ntrs.nasa.gov/
    Provides citation with abstracts mostly to technical reports relating to aerospace research. Covers NASA documents published since 1958 and NACA documents from 1916-1958. Many of the reports indexed can be found on microfiche in the Science and Engineering Library.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database
    http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS523
    The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 210,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources, including federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.
  • NTIS National Technical Information Service
    http://www.ntis.gov/search/index.aspx
    NTIS indexes government-sponsored U.S. and worldwide scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related publications with over 2.0 million bibliographic records since 1964. Contents include research reports, computer products, software, video and audio.
  • Proquest Congressional
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/16133
    The Proquest Congressional Research Digital Collection (CRDC) provides full-text access to more than 5,000 Congressional committee prints published from 2004 to present and more than 23,000 Congressional Research Service reports published from 2004-present. The bibliographic records provide controlled-vocabulary indexing, including citations for bills, public laws, and Statutes at Large, and analytical abstracts of the documents. Also includes links to political parties and organizations, news sources, etc. See Overview/Help for useful information on the legislative process.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2222
    Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
  • Public Technical Reports 1955-present
    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/search/tr/str/guided-tr.html
    The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®) Technical Reports Collection includes citations to and selected full-text of JPRS reports from 1955 to the present. The DTIC collection supplements the University of Minnesota JPRS collection, which is only selective in the years prior to the commencement of depository distribution of the reports (1978). Try searching for "FBIS Collection", "FBIS", "JPRS", and the Corporate Author "Joint Publications Research Service Arlington VA".
  • Staff College Automated Military Periodicals Index (SCAMPI)
    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/scampi/
    This database serves as a current guide to articles on military and naval art and science, operational warfare, joint planning, national and international politics, and other areas researched by Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) faculty, staff, and students. Library staff members regularly scan the weekly news magazines, monthly and bimonthly journals such as Military Review, Armed Forces Journal, and quarterly publications, including NATO's Nations and Partners for Peace, RUSI Journal, and the Naval War College Review. Miscellaneous reports from RAND and the General Accounting Office are also indexed for SCAMPI. The index is updated quarterly and more records, current and past are being added. The journals included in the database can be found at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/scampi/list.html.
  • Thomas
    http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php
    This web site maintained by the Library of Congress contains the full-text of U.S. Public Laws, bill texts, committee reports and other legislative information from the 101st Congress (1989) to the present and citations to the same from the 93rd Congress (1973) through the 101st.
  • TRID
    http://trid.trb.org/
    TRID (Transportation Research International Database) is a newly integrated database that combines the records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to over 940,000 records of transportation research worldwide.
  • USA.gov
    http://www.usa.gov/
    USA.gov is the world wide web information portal for the United States Federal Government. It is intended to be your first resource to find any government information on the Internet.
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Historical U.S. Government Publications on the Web
  • Full-Text Historical Databases Containing Government Publications
    • Nineteenth Century Masterfile
      http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2790
      Current Contents of 19th Century Masterfile:

      Series I: Multi-Title Periodical Indexes
      Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, Index to Legal Periodical Literature (Jones and Chipman), Catalogue of Scientific Papers, the Religion Index and more.

      Series II: Indexes to Books
      ALA Index to General Literature, 19th-century bibliographic database and more.

      Series III: Indexes to Newspapers
      New York Times Index, New York Daily Tribune Index, Palmer's Index and more.

      Series IV: Indexes to Individual Periodicals
      Harpers Weekly, Atlantic Monthly, North American Reviews (with free links to full text)

      Series V: US and UK Government Documents Indexes and US Patent Index
      Congressional Record, Papers of the President, Hansard's Parliamentary Indexes and more.
    • Early American Imprints Series I. Evans (1639-1800) Digital Edition
      http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/6898
      Every book, pamphlet, serial, and other printed work of significance published in America 1639 - 1800 with 36,000 items and 2. 4 million page images when complete. Based on Charles Evans, American Bibliography with additions from Roger Bristol's Supplement.
    • Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA)
      http://www.mith2.umd.edu/eada/
      Collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.
    • Making of America
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/moahtml/ncphome.html
      A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. Freely available to all users. Select from either the Michigan site or the Cornell site. For more information, see: https://www.lib.umn.edu/faq/20282
    • Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000
      http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/8926
      This site is intended to serve as a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, the website seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools.
  • About the Government
    • United States Government Manuals 1935-1951
      http://digital.lib.umn.edu/Ebind/docs/govmans.html
      As the official handbook of the U.S. federal government, The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
      • Location(s): Latest Edition: TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Ref) AE 2.108/2:
      Other Editions:
      TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) GS 4.109: (1935-1984)
      TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) AE 2.108/2: (1985-)

      • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph
    • United States Government Manual
      http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html
      As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.
      • Location(s): Latest Edition: TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Ref) AE 2.108/2:
      Other Editions:
      TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) GS 4.109: (1935-1984)
      TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) AE 2.108/2: (1985-)

      • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph
  • Civil Rights
    • Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
      http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/usccr/index.asp
      Since its inception in 1957 the United States Commission on Civil Rights has been at the forefront of efforts by the Federal government and state governments to examine and resolve issues related to race, ethnicity, religion and, more recently, sexual orientation. The Thurgood Marshall Law Library offers access to the historical record of this important federal agency by archiving and/or digitizing many of its publications.
  • Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention
    • Elliot's Debates
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwed.html
      The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution is a five-volume collection compiled by Jonathan Elliot in the mid-nineteenth century. The volumes remain the best source for materials about the national government's transitional period between the closing of the Constitutional Convention in September 1787 and the opening of the First Federal Congress in March 1789.
      • Location(s): TC Law Library KF4502 .E56 1891 Regular Loan
      • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph 003453744
    • Journals of the Continental Congress
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwjc.html
      The First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774. The Second Continental Congress ran from May 10, 1775, to March 2, 1789. The Journals of the Continental Congress are the records of the daily proceedings of the Congress as kept by the office of its secretary, Charles Thomson. The Journals were printed contemporaneously in different editions and in several subsequent reprint editions. None of these editions, however, includes the "Secret Journals," confidential sections of the records, which were not published until 1821. This complete edition, published by the Library of Congress from 1904 to 1937, is based on the manuscript Journals and other manuscript records of the Continental Congress in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.
    • Letters of Delegates to Congress
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwdg.html
      The twenty-six volumes of the Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789 aims to make available all the documents written by delegates that bear directly upon their work during their years of actual service in the First and Second Continental Congresses, 1774-1789.
  • Congressional Debates
    • Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States
      http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwac.html
      The Annals of Congress, formally known as The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, cover the 1st Congress through the first session of the 18th Congress, from 1789 to 1824. The Annals were not published contemporaneously, but were compiled between 1834 and 1856, using the best records available, primarily newspaper accounts. Speeches are paraphrased rather than presented verbatim, but the record of debate is nonetheless fuller than that available from the House and Senate Journals.
      • Location(s): TC Law Library Microform Collection (US Docs) Mfiche X 1-41
      TC Law Library Rare Books US-X 1-42 Non-Circulating
      TC Wilson Library Annex X 43 - X 71
      TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Mfiche) X 43 - X 71
      • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph 003334842
    • Congressional Globe
      http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwcg.html
      The Globe is the third of the four series of publications containing the debates of Congress. It was preceded by the Annals of Congress and the Register of Debates and succeeded by the Congressional Record. The first five volumes of the Globe (23rd Congress, 1st Session through 25th Congress, 1st Session, 1833-37) overlap with the Register of Debates. Initially the Globe contained a "condensed report" or abstract rather than a verbatim report of the debates and proceedings. With the 32nd Congress (1851), however, the Globe began to provide something approaching verbatim transcription.
      • Location(s): TC Law Library Rare Books US-X72-180 Non-Circulating
      TC Wilson Library Annex X 72 - X 180
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    • Congressional Record - Century of Lawmaking
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwcr.html
      The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Printed by the Government Printing Office, it is the fourth and final series of publications containing the debates of Congress. (It was preceded by the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, and Congressional Globe.) The Record is far more comprehensive than its predecessors in reporting Congressional debates. Appendixes appear in most volumes, the earlier ones limited mainly to speeches of members.
  • Congressional Journals
    • Maclay's Journal
      http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwmj.html
      William Maclay was one of the first two senators from Pennsylvania. Within two months of the opening of the first session, he had begun to keep a diary, which he continued almost daily for the three sessions of the 1st Congress. Because Senate sessions were closed to the public until 1795, his is one of the few accounts of Senate floor activity in the early Congresses.
  • Foreign Policy
    • Foreign Relations of the United States
      http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/FRUS
      The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian. The years 1863-1958 have been selectively digitized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with the intent of eventually creating a complete online edition).
      The State Department also makes available the volumes from 1945 - present at Volumes Online.
      • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Docs) S 1.1: Regular Loan 1870 - present
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  • Laws and Other Legislative Materials
    • Bills and Resolutions
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwhbsb.html
      This web site provides digitized versions of bills and resolutions introduced into Congress between 1799 and 1871.
    • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwss.html
      The Serial Set contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. The reports are usually from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. The documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, executive-branch materials were also published in the Serial Set.
      • Location(s): For print versions, ask at the General Reference Desk.
    • U.S. Statutes at Large
      http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwsl.html
      Every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage. Until 1948, all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also published in the set. In addition, the Statutes at Large includes the text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution, treaties with Indians and foreign nations, and presidential proclamations.
      • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Gov Pub (US Ref) AE 2.111: 1789 - present.
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  • Maps
  • Natural Resources
  • Treaties
  • Westward Expansion
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Official U.S. Government Web Sites
  • Federal Agency Directory
    http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/index.html
    Based on the entries in the US Government Manual, this site includes a very complete listing of federal agency sites.
  • {Topics}.gov

    Often, multiple agencies have duties that fall within a single broad topic. Because it can be very difficult to determine which agencies do which work within a topic, the Federal government has been working to create "cross-agency" portals that do the detective work for you. These portals emphasize the public service aspects of the agencies included. Currently, these portals are:
    • FAQ.gov
      http://www.firstgov.gov/Contact/Faq.shtml
    • Students.gov
      http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/studentsgov.jsp?WT.z_redir=www.students.gov
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Statistics About the United States
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis
    http://www.bea.gov/
    BEA's national, regional, and international economic accounts present basic information on such key issues as U.S. economic growth, regional economic development, and the nation's position in the world economy. Access to their statistics and the data used to derive the statistics comes in multiple forms, from static tables to downloadable data files for statistical analysis.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
    Provides access to statistical information by subject, publications in print and online, and links to the most current versions of the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    http://www.bls.gov/
    On this site you can view statistical tables, extract statistics and read reports covering the methodology and meaning of the data collected by the Bureau of Labor.
  • Fastats: Health Statistics A-Z
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/Default.htm
    Quick access to health statistics such as: accidents, outpatient department visits and work loss days from the National Center for Health Statistics. This subject index gives users a summary of the most current figures; links to "Comprehensive Data", typically statistical time-series in PDF format and links to related web sites including other government web sites and occasionally including private, non-profit sources.
  • FedStats
    http://www.fedstats.gov/index.html
    More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
  • Historical Statistics of the U.S.
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/13277
    The Historical Statistics of the United States Millenium Edition is a compendium of statistics about the United States produced by the United States Census Bureau since 1790 with additions, revisions and analysis by noted social scientists. This edition includes numerous new topic areas including statistics on migration, poverty, nonprofit organizations, slavery and Native Americans. Tables may be searched and downloaded in Excel or other formats, either individually or in large groups. Users may create custom tables and graphs. Citations may also be downloaded in multiple formats.
  • National Center for Education Statistics
    http://nces.ed.gov/
    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations.
  • Quick Stats: Agricultural Statistics Data Base
    http://www.nass.usda.gov/QuickStats/
    U.S., State, and County level agricultural statistics for many commodities and data series with querying ability by commodity, state(s) and year(s) from 1866-. Results can be downloaded as Microsoft Excel-compatible comma-separated value (*.csv) files.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/
    The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.
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  • USA QuickFacts
    http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html
    Easy access to demographic, business and geographic statistics. Links to more detailed information are built into the system.
  • Government Publications Library Statistics Web Page
    https://www.lib.umn.edu/govpubs/statistics
    A page created by the U of M Government Publications Library staff, you can use it to locate statistics by subject, go to heavily used resources and find answers to common questions.


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