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We have a trial of the ProQuest Congressional Documents - a full-text online database of government documents through June 29.
Since 1813, the United States Federal Government has distributed information to the American people through a system of depository libraries. SDSU and the library have been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1889.There are currently over 556,000 federally deposited documents in the Government Documents Collection at Briggs Library. Materials and reference services are available free of charge to all users of government information in accordance with Title 44 of the U.S. Code. The general public may access government information in all formats in the library including print, microform, tangible electronic, and via the Internet.
Over 125 years as a Federal Depository Library
South Dakota State University was designated as as official U.S. depository library in 1889. Hilton M. Briggs Library holds over 556,000 federal government publications in its collection. Currently, approximately 77% of the materials made available through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) are selected and received at the library. Materials are received in a variety of formats including paper, electronic (CD-ROM, DVD, disk, video, online), and microfiche. These items are housed on the lower level of the library and are arranged according to the Superintendent of Documents classification system (SuDoc).
Our purpose is to provide both the SDSU community and the general public with government information. 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. The FDLP was established by Congress to ensure free access by the American public to its government's information. Depository libraries provide professional, local, no-fee access to government information.
Government Documents are filed using the SuDoc system (short for Superintendent of Documents). Rather than putting items of similar topic together, this system is organized by issuing agency.
|AE||National Archives and Records Administration|
|B||Broadcasting Board of Governors|
|CC||Federal Communications Commission|
|CR||Civil Rights Commission|
|EP||Environmental Protection Agency|
|FA||Fine Arts Commission|
|FCA||Farm Credit Administration|
|FHF||Federal Housing Financing Board|
|FM||Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service|
|FMC||Federal Maritime Commission|
|FR||Federal Reserve System Board of Governors|
|FT||Federal Trade Commission|
|FTZ||Foreign-Trade Zones Board|
|GA||Government Accountability Office|
|GP||Government Publishing Office|
|GS||General Services Administration|
|HE||Health and Human Services Department|
|HH||Housing and Urban Development Department|
|IC||Interstate Commerce Commission|
|ID||US Agency for International Development|
|ITC||International Trade Commission|
|LC||Library of Congress|
|LR||National Labor Relations Board|
|MS||Merit Systems Protection Board|
|NAS||National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
|NC||National Capital Planning Commission|
|NCU||National Credit Union Administration|
|NF||National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities|
|NMB||National Mediation Board|
|NS||National Science Foundation|
|OP||Overseas Private Investment Corporation|
|P||United States Postal Service|
|PM||Personnel Management Office|
|PR||President of the United States|
|PREX||Executive Office of the President|
|PRVP||Vice President of the United States|
|RR||Railroad Retirement Board|
|SBA||Small Business Administration|
|SE||Securities and Exchange Commission|
|SSA||Social Security Administration|
|TDA||US Trade and Development Agency|
|VA||Veterans Affairs Department|
Physical government documents are available whenever the library is open.