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Government Documents: Federal Documents

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.

   • Maag Government Documents: 6th Floor
   • Maag Ohio Documents: 6th Floor
   • Microform Documents: 6th Floor
   • Maag Govt. Docs. CDROM Case: 6th Floor
   • Maag Govt. Docs. Pamphlets: 6th Floor
   • Maag Govt. Docs. Atlas Case: 6th Floor
   • Maag Govt. Docs. Map Box: 6th Floor
   • Government Documents Reference: 6th Floor
   • NE Regional Depository Special Collections: Ask at Reference

Some government documents are currently held in our shared storage at the NE Regional Depository in Rootstown, OH. To obtain these materials, click on "Request" from the item record and enter your YSU ID and password. The Government Documents Librarian can request this material on your behalf.

Many government documents not available through Maag can be requested (physical copies) or accessed (electronically) through the OhioLINK Library Catalog.

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.

MetaLib
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
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

FINDING PRINT GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS / SUDOC CLASSIFICATION

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
Y
  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
    (997, 998...).
  • Nothing comes before something (for ex. AE 1.102:G 28 precedes AE 1.102:G 28/2/Trans.7)