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Politics and Government
Most current state publications are freely available online.
State publications that present historical information are also
available in print format at the library. In
this section, electronic resources are listed first. If they have a
corresponding print publication at the Library, it will be listed below the
electronic version. The print publications are accompanied by a call
number. The call numbers represent an in-house classification system (the Swank system),
which is based on the issuing state agency preceded by the number 39, e.g. 39-E68
(39=Rhode Island, E68=Dept. of Economic Development). State publications with such call numbers are shelved in the
Government Publications area of the Library on the first floor, Ranges A
and B. Rhode Island State publications reference material is shelved in
Government Publications Range D.
If you don't locate the information you are looking for, try searching RI.gov
or the other general information search portals on the first page of
this guide. For further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact a
Directory of Government Officials
Lists names, addresses and biographical information on Rhode Island elected officials. Also lists names and addresses of state agencies and commissions.
Government Owner's Manual
URI State Pub Reference 39-S82 4:G68
Lists names, addresses and biographical information on Rhode Island elected officials. Also lists names and addresses of state agencies and commissions. Older title of this publication was Rhode Island Manual (Sta. Pub. 39-S82 2:) which the Library has back to 1872.
Rhode Island Manual
URI State Pub 39-S82 2:
1872/73-1873/74, 1883/84, 1886/87-1889/90, 1892/93-93/94, 1897/98-1898/99, 1901/01-1919, 1921/22-1967/68, 1971/72-1991/94
Provides the text of the Rhode Island Constitution, lists of all legislators and members of the judiciary, relates laws passed. Continues as the Government Owner's Manual (see above).
Voter Information Handbook
URI State Pub. 39-S82 9: v68
1974, 1975, 1985- (Published in years when a general election is held).
“A guide to state referenda and voting procedures”. Some years also available in Spanish and Portuguese editions.
Presents a statewide summary of election results. Results can be viewed by city or town.
Official Count of Ballots Cast
URI State Pub. 39-E45 5:
List of elections of state officials and state referenda with votes cast by town. No city or town elections are included.
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