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Library resource guide for U.S. Federal Government Documents

What are Government Documents?

Government Documents are official publications produced by U.S. Government agencies (materials such as guides, statistical data, books, congressional documents/reports, etc.), in any format (print, electronic, websites, microform). The Government Publishing Office (GPO) distributes these materials to designated libraries, Federal Depository Libraries, throughout the United States and its territories.

Federal Depository Library Program

FDLP "The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. Every day the U.S. Government issues congressional bills, laws, regulations, presidential documents, studies, and more on a variety of topics. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The FDLP is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)." 
Source: https://www.fdlp.gov/fdlp-basics

Government Documents at McDermott Library

McDermott Library has been a designated selective depository library since 1956.  Most of the collection has been received through the Federal Depository Library Program.  Publications not owned by the library may be borrowed from other depository libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
 
• Our collection is organized using the Superintendent of Documents Classification Scheme (SuDocs)
• Location of documents:
          4th floor, compact shelving (print) 
          3rd floor, (microfiche)
• Documents received since 1992 are included in the library's online catalog
Most government information received today is in electronic form
Government departments and agencies provide much of their information on the Internet
 
Reference service for the depository library collection is always available to the faculty, staff, and cadets of the Air Force Academy, from the library's service desk, phone, or e-mail. Reference service is also available to the general public via telephone or e-mail.
The SuDoc system groups publications by government author, which are U.S. federal departments, bureaus or agencies.
The first letter/letters of a SuDoc number represents a government department or agency (parent organization).
For example, the SuDoc number:    D 301.82/7:
D = Department of Defense
The letters are followed by a number representing the agency or a subordinate office. 
301 = Department of the Air Force (agency in the DoD)
This number is followed by a period which is not read as a decimal point. The numbers following the period represent the type of document.
82/7 = Air Force History and Museums Program Publications
SuDoc classes are arranged alphabetically based on the leading letter(s). The number between the period and colon is a whole number
D 301.8: would be filed before D 301.13:
Michigan State University's SuDocs Basics provides further explanation and additional examples of the SuDocs system with an interactive quiz. Also, visit University of Minnesota's SuDoc Tutorial video.
Contact the Library Services Desk if you need assistance in locating a document on the shelf, 333-4406/4664.
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Branches of U.S. Government

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Documents on Display

FRUSPrimary resource, Foreign Relations of the United States, FRUSseries is produced by the Department of State’s Office of the Historian. The series began in 1861 and records major, declassified U.S. foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activity. The volumes contain “documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.” https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/about-frus 

 

Click on the link below to read a message in a volume from Abraham Lincoln’s administration: 1863, Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the First Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part I

This is an August 12,1863 Civil War correspondence to Great Britain’s Foreign Consul from William H. Seward, President Lincoln’s Secretary of State detailing the Union’s latest war operations. Seward reviews 1862-1863 battles such as General McClellan on the banks of the Antietam and Potamac; General Buell in Kentucky and Tennessee; General Grant in Mississippi; and Generals Meade and Lee at Gettysburg.

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Free Internet access to all of the volumes in the series: 

USAFA Campus only: HeinOnline

Print volumes in our library: 4th floor, Government Documents collection  (SuDoc call number: S 1.1:)


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Government Documents

Contact:
719-333-4406/4774
libinfo@usafa.edu


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