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As a federal depository, the Waidner-Spahr Library houses government documents related to a variety of subject areas including: agriculture, geology, elections, government programs, and environmental resources. These are classified using the SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) Classification System, which groups publications together by issuing agency. Our collection is housed in either the Waidner-Spahr Library (upper level), or the Earth Sciences Map Library (Kaufman 129).
SuDoc Classification System:
There are a number of government agencies that publish government document materials. These materials are shelved separately from the general library collection (located on the upper level of the library) and are organized according to SuDoc Classification System, not the Library of Congress classification system. The goal of the SuDoc Classification system is to organize publications according to the agencies producing the documents. Consequently, each government agency is assign a unique letter and sub-departments within that agency receive unique numbers. For example, the SuDoc number for publication by the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service is A.13 where A represents the department of agriculture and 13 represents the Forest Service. To find out more on how to decipher the responsible agency, or how to read the SuDoc number, see the Government Publications Access. The important thing to remember, however, is that Government Documents are located on the upper level of the library, separate from the general collection. For help finding Government Documents ask for a librarian at the circulation desk.
Guide to U.S. Government publications. (2007) Donna Batten, Project Editor. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007.
REF Z1223 .Z7 A574 2007
Federal regulatory directory, 13th edition. (2008) Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
REF KF5406 .A15 F4 2010 The essential guide to the history, organization, and impact of U.S. federal regulation.
Introduction to United States government information sources / Joe Morehead. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited. (1999)
REF ZA5055 .U6 M67 1999
Local and regional government information: how to find it, how to use it. (2005) Mary Martin, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
REF JK2408 .A1 L63 2005
- Jenkins Law Library
- The premiere metasite for finding legal information from government agencies.
- Legislative information from the Library of Congress. Follow Bills, Treaties, and Presidential Nominations as they work their way through Congress.
- GPO's Federal Digital System (FDSys)
- Public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes.
- Federal Government Resources on the web
- University of Michigan Library's guide to locating government information. Includes copyright, budget, and patent information.
- State Library of Pennsylvania
- Maintains a definitive collection of publications of all agencies of the Commonwealth and serves as a Regional Depository for United States Government Publications.
- Federal Register
- Provides information and access to the Executive Branch, including federal regulatory materials, laws, Presidential documents, and federal organizations, programs and activities.
- Up-to-date statistics and data from the Executive Branch in searchable data catalogs.
Finding Journal Articles
Use one of the following databases to locate journal articles related to government documents. If you already have a journal citation, complete with journal title, see Finding Journals.
- Congressional Universe (Lexis Nexis) Contains documents on microfiche from federal, state, private, and international sources and world-renowned indexing, including Congressional, executive, statistical, judicial, environmental, and other publications.
- GeoRef Guide to materials in geology and earth sciences.
If you already have a journal citation, use one of the following methods to locate your journal:
- 1st step: Locate electronic holdings. Search by subject or by journal title in our Journal Locator.
- 2nd step: Request the journal through ILLIAD (Interlibrary Loan). Do this only if the journal can not be located in either of these first two places.
(if you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).