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Searching for Federal Government Documents

Search for government documents in electronic and/or print format:

MaagNET includes the majority of documents currently held in Maag's collection, both print and online. Titles available online include a direct link in the MaagNET item record. Listed below are possible locations for print government documents, which are noted in the LOCATION field of each MaagNET item record. See a map of the library's 3rd floor below.
   • Maag Government Documents: 3rd Floor
   • Maag Ohio Documents: 3rd Floor
   • Microform Documents: 3rd Floor
   • Maag Government Document Pamphlet File: 3rd Floor
   • Maag Government Documents Atlas Case: 3rd Floor
   • Maag Government Documents Map Box: 3rd Floor
   • Gov Docs Reference

FDsys: Search Government Publications
FDsys: Browse Government Publications

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those available online.

MarciveWeb DOCS: Catalog of Government Printing Office Documents

MetaLib
MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.

GPO ADVANCED SEARCH / OFF CAMPUS ACCESS
A catalog of U.S. government documents from 1976 to the present. The database describes Congressional reports, hearings, debates and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments. It contains records on all subjects of interest to the U.S. government.

GPO MONTHLY CATALOG / OFF CAMPUS ACCESS
Catalog of U.S. government documents from 1976 to the present. Describes Congressional reports, hearings, debates and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments. Contains records on all subjects of interest to the U.S. government.

WORLDCAT / OFF CAMPUS ACCESS

 

Maag Library 3rd Floor Map

 

Finding Print Government Documents

Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification System
Government documents have their own unique identification system known as the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification System.

FDLP Desktop: Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification System
A system of library classification developed in the office of the Superintendent of Documents of the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) at the turn of the 20th century.

Learning SuDocs Call Numbers (Michigan State University)

The SuDocs system follows the organizational structure of the federal government. Publications are grouped according to the issuing departments or agencies (i.e. C for Commerce, L for Labor). Other letters and numbers are added to further identify bureaus, type of publication, series or title.

Current Lettering for SuDoc Class Stems:

A Agriculture JU Judiciary
AE National Archives & Records Administration L Labor Department
B Broadcasting Board of Governors LC Library of Congress
C Commerce Department LR National Labor Relations Board
CC Federal Communications Commission MS Merit Systems Protection Board
CR Civil Rights Commission NAS National Aeronautics & Space Administration
D Defense Department NC National Capital Planning Commission
E Energy Department NCU National Credit Union Administration
ED Education Department NF National Foundation on the Arts & the Humanities
EP Environmental Protection Agency NMB National Mediation Board
FA Fine Arts Commission NS National Science Foundation
FCA Farm Credit Administration OP Overseas Private Investment Corporation
FHF Federal Housing Financing Board P United States Postal Service
FM Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service PE Peace Corps
FMC Federal Maritime Commission PM Personnel Management Office
FR Federal Reserve System Board of Governors PR President of the United States
FT Federal Trade Commission PREX Executive Office of the President
FTZ Foreign-Trade Zones Board PRVP Vice President of the United States
GA Government Accountability Office RR Railroad Retirement Board
GP Government Printing Office S State Department
GS General Services Administration SBA Small Business Administration
HE Health & Human Services Department SE Securities & Exchange Commission
HH Housing & Urban Development Department SI Smithsonian Institution
HS Homeland Security SSA Social Security Administration
I Interior Department T Treasury Department
IC Interstate Commerce Commission TD Transportation Department
ID US Agency for International Development TDA US Trade & Development Agency
ITC International Trade Commission VA Veterans Affairs Department
J Justice Department X
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Congress


List of Classes of U.S. Government Publications Available for Selection by Depository Libraries

GPO Classification Manual

An actual SuDoc number may look something like this:

L 2.44:46/3

L = Labor Department
L 2. = Bureau of Labor Statistics
L 2.44: = Compensation and Working Conditions
L 2.44:46/3 = Volume 46, issue no. 3 of Compensation and Working Conditions

Important Tips:

  • The dot (.) is a period, not a decimal. All numbers are whole numbers (.9 comes before .12)
  • Order: Years, Letters, Numbers
    Before 2000, the first number was dropped from the year, so those years have 3 digits.
  • Nothing comes before something (for ex. AE 1.102: G 28 precedes AE 1.102: G 28/2/Trans.7)
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