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Where can I find original documents defining Church teachings?

Question:

Although I know what the Church teaches, I have no idea where to go to find out when and where the Church officially defined its teachings. How can I as a layman find out which councils and papal encyclicals taught a given doctrine? I&#039;d be willing to go to the library and do the research but I wouldn&#039;t know where to begin, nor even if a public library would carry the types of books I&#039;d need (our parish library has nothing that&#039;s helpful). Where can I find such information?

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