- State, Tribal, & Local
- Relevant Subscription Databases
- CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online
- Congressional Quarterly Weekly
- CQ Researcher
- Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS)
- GPO Monthly Catalog
- Hein Online
- Lexis Nexis Academic
- Lexis Nexis Congressional
- Lexis Nexis Statistical
- PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)
- UA E-Journals
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers
- Selected University Websites
How to Find Government Documents
Why do government documents have different call numbers from other items in the library?
The Library of Congress system, which is used in the main library, is a system that divides up knowledge into different sections (like pieces of a pie). But Government documents are NOT arranged this way. They are arranged according to the agency that produced the document. The following chart shows how to decipher these call numbers.
First Element: A letter representing the Agency publishing the document:
A = Agriculture Dept.
D = Defense Dept.
GP = Government Printing Office
I = Interior Dept.
SI = Smithsonian
PrEx = Executive Office of the President
Y = Congress (in general)
Second Element: Numbers
1 = Chief executive of an agency
2 = sub agencies
A1 = Secretary of Agriculture (the chief executive is always a 1).
Third Element: a period and more numbers designating the type of publication.
.1 = an annual report
.2 = a general publication
.3 = a bulletin
.4 = circulars
.6 = regulations, rules, and instructions
.7 = press releases
.8 = handbooks, manuals, and guides
.9 = bibliographies and lists of publications
.10 = directories
.11 = maps and charts
.12 = posters
.13 = forms
.14 = addresses, lectures, etc.
Please note: Even though the number is read like this: ("Eye nineteen point three"), the "point" is not a decimal point. Numbers after the decimal are whole numbers, not decimals. This means that numbers after the "point" are numbers just like the ones we use in everyday counting (1, 2, 3, 4, ...). Example: I19.3: is located before I19.2001 because 3 is lower than 2001.*
If you need to find out what agency goes with what number, look at the Department and Agency Symbols Currently in Use
For a more complete explanation of the government documents number system, see An Explanation of the Superintendent of Documents Classification System.
How to find government sources on the web?
Where to search for government publications?
- Government publications owned by UAL after 1976 are accessible through the Library's online catalog
- Government resources published after 1976 and may not be own by UAL are accessible through Monthly Catalog
- For recent government publications (published after 1994-preent) use Monthly Catalog via GPO
- Sales publications from GPO see Sales Product Catalog
Other Useful Tools?
List of Classes
Locate Federal Depository Libraries
Item Lister: Current Item Number Selection Profile
Meta-Subject Index to Government Information
Selected Documents Sites?
- U.S. Census Bureau Training Modules
- Instruction to Academic Assistants (Long Island Univ.)
- Citing Government Information Using MLA