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Arizona State and Local Government Information: Getting Started

A guide to Arizona government information at the state, regional, county, and local levels.

Morrison Institute

Morrison Institute for Public Policy Established in 1982, Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a leader in examining critical Arizona and regional issues, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research and public outreach to help improve the state's quality of life. 

Arizona Indicators - Organized in 11 broad content areas, Arizona Indicators presents interactive data visualizations and mapping tools, public opinion data, and timely policy analysis. 



ASU Library makes a concerted effort to acquire the valuable materials published by our state and local agencies. The Arizona State and Local Government Documents collection currently consists of over 45,000 documents published since 1912. The collection, shelved in a separate section of Government Documents Service, is filed by a classification system developed by this library. This system, like the Superintendent of Documents classification system, arranges materials by issuing agency rather than by subject. Included are annual reports and budgets for state and local agencies, Arizona Revised Statutes, and the Arizona Administrative Code as well as state legislative materials. The collection also contains state and local government annual reports, budgets and other financial reports, planning documents, and significant reports on topics such as crime, transportation, health, and other areas which affect local governments, as well as journals such as Arizona Wildlife.

Access to the Arizona State and Local Government Documents collection is through the ASU Library Catalog. All publications are fully cataloged and entries are integrated into the Catalog. Records indicate AZDOC as the location.

The current policy for acquisition of materials for this collection focuses on state agencies, all 15 Arizona Counties, several incorporated cities and towns, and various associations of local governments. All formats of publications are collected, with permanent housing of print materials available on Level 3 of Hayden Library and electronic materials available directly through the ASU Online Catalog. Specialized assistance is available in-person, over the phone, or via email.

This PowerPoint presentation may be useful in understanding the varieties of local governments.  And Local and regional government information : how to find it, how to use it may be useful as well.

Getting Started

For an excellent introduction to understanding local government in Arizona, Arizona Local Government located in Government Documents Service, is highly recommended. For the bigger picture of local governments in the United States, please refer to the Census of Governments. For the latest Census data on local Arizona please refer to the State Data Center.

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