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.
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 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
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.
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:
|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
An actual SuDoc number may look something like this:
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
- 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)