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Government Information: Federal

guide to federal, state, local and international government information resources

Federal Government Information

 Finding Tools

Numerous finding tools are available through federal government agencies, library databases, and Internet Search Engines and Directories. Many government publications in Briggs Library can be identified through the library catalog, as well. 

Tangible Documents are located on the Lower Level of the library and classified under the SuDoc classification system.This classification system arranges materials by the issuing government agency. The Guide to U.S. Government Publications is a standard reference source for federal agency classifications and class chronology and can be found in the Documents Collection Index Area. (Lower Level: Z1223 .Z7 A5gud). 

Checking out Documents

The mission of the FDLP is to disseminate information from all three branches of government to participating depository libraries. Those libraries designated as depository libraries maintain federal information products and make those products freely accessible to the general public. As a depository library, Briggs Library provides access to government materials in multiple formats: paper, audio/visual, CD, DVD, VHS, microfiche, microfilm, and web based. 

Most government publications can be checked out at the Library Services Desk with a valid SDSU ID card or a guest patron card. Library Circulation services and policies apply to most tangible government publications (excluding microforms). Non-circulating government materials may be used in the library during regular library hours. Assistance is available either from Documents Department Staff or the Library Services Desk.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Adler, J.B., ed. (1975). CIS U.S. Serial Set Index. Washington, DC: Congressional Information Service, Inc. GOVT DOC/LOWER LEVEL J74 .C66 Doc Index

The Congressional Information Service (CIS) provides comprehensive coverage of a wide range of subjects covered in Congressional committee reports, journals, manuals and administrative reports, Executive reports and The American State Papers. Miscellaneous Executive branch publications indexed include reports, bulletins and annual reports of Executive agencies and some serial publications.

United States Congressional Serial Set. (1846- ). Washington: GPO. GOVT DOC/LOWER LEVEL. LOCKED COMPACT SHELVING.

Briggs Library has an extensive historical collection of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. Included within this collection are annual reports of federal agencies dating back to the 1800s including annual reports of the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Ethnology. Please ask for assistance in the Government Documents Office.


Featured Resources

PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress. The PILOTS Database is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS Database is not limited to literature on PTSD among Veterans.

Digital Public Library of America The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) have partnered to provide free online access to the Government information available through the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).

HathiTrust Digital Library HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

TRAIL Technical Report Archive & Image Library The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) identifies, acquires, catalogs, digitizes and provides unrestricted access to U.S. government agency technical reports.

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