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Finding Government Information

FAQ's

Call Numbers and Subjects

Government Documents are shelved using the Superintendent of Documents classification system, which is a provenance arrangement. This means that rather than a topical arrangement, items are shelved by authoring agency or committee. Call numbers are most commonly referred to as 'Sudocs' under this arrangement.

The FDLP website provides a guide to understanding the SuDoc classification system

Government Information portals

Govinfo.gov

Govinfo.gov provides public access to government information submitted by Congress, the Courts, and the executive branch, including federal agencies. 

 USA.gov

USA.gov is an interagency initiative administered by the Federal Citizen Information Center, a division of the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

MetaLib 

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.

Georgia.gov

Online access to Georgia government

Federal Depository Library

This library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code). Since its establishment in 1813, the Federal Depository Library Project (FDLP) has collected, organized, and preserved information produced by the government and assisted citizens in finding and using that information.

Accessing government information

Government documents cover a wide range of topics-- from current health issues to sustainability to foreign policy. Many documents contain research data and expert findings not available elsewhere. They are often excellent primary source materials.

Most documents can be located by searching the library's catalog, GIL_Find, by subject, keyword, title, etc. You may limit your search to primary resources with the facets along the left side of the screen from your initial search results. Each record will indicate whether the document is held physically in the library or available online.

All government documents are available for use by members of the Georgia Southern community as well as the general public. Access to government information on the Internet is available via the library's computers; wireless access is available via the campus and public networks. Ask for assistance at the Research Services Desk if you have difficulty identifying or locating the information that you need. We're available in person 8:30am - 12am Mon - Wed, 8:30am - 9pm Thurs, 8:30am - 6pm Fri, Sat & Sun 1pm - 9pm  (See calendar and hours for exceptions, such as shortened summer hours (http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/calendar.html).

For research assistance:

Phone at (912) 478-5032  

IM at http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/libref/imref.html , or

E-mail the Government Documents Librarian at lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu 

Websites