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Government Publications & Information: Getting Started

The federal depository collection at DSC

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Link to GIL Find, Roberts Library's cataloghttp://gilfind.daltonstate.edu

Patrons can locate government documents housed in the library through GIL the library catalog. Click on GIL-Find image above.

Most government documents can be checked out with the exception of legal books, some statistical sources, magazines, maps, and microfiche.

FDLP Basic Collection

FDLP Libguides

FDLP LibGuides is a service provided by GPO for depository libraries and the public. Guides are created by LSCM staff on a variety of topics, including those requested by the FDLP community. All guides are available for free use. LSCM staff members review the site and make enhancements to the look and content on a continuous basis. Recent ‘Hot Topics’ guides include African American History and the Civil Rights Movement.

Locating documents in the Library

Government Documents are cataloged in GILFind the Library's Catalog. Many of the documents in the catalog have links to their online versions.

Government Documents are organized using the SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) Classification System. Roberts Library receives approximately 25% of Depository items available. The GovDocs are located on the first floor in the east wing.

How SuDoc Numbers Work

A SuDoc number indicates the document's author (agency and/or sub-agency), and publication type (e. g., series or monograph) using letters, numbers, periods, slashes, and dashes.

Example of SuDoc numbers with each separate part broken down:

 

Example shows that the first letter of the SuDoc is C for Commerce Dept. and 3 is for the subagency The Census Bureau and more narrow to a particular series by the Census Bureau

 

 

FDLP Academy Training Repository

 The Repository contains archives of all FDLP Academy webinars and webcasts. Many of these are geared exclusively toward Federal depository library staff, however there are a variety of resources that patrons will also benefit from, such as Legislative Branch Resources 101, Your Guide to America’s Finances, and Federal Student Aid.

SuDocs

SuDoc Agency Classifications

The first letters of a SuDoc number reflect the department or agency that issues the publication. The issuing agency is considered the author of a document:

SuDoc

Agency

A
C
D
E
ED
GA
HE
I
J
Ju
L
LC
NAS
S
SI
T
X, Y
Y4

Agriculture
Commerce  
Defense
Energy
Education
Gen.  Accounting Office
Health & Human Services
Interior
Justice
Judiciary
Labor
Library of Congress
NASA
State
Smithsonian Institution
Treasury
House & Senate
Congressional Committees