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Ignacio: USF Libraries Online Catalog

Includes:

  • Government Documents Reference
  • Government documents shelved throughout Gleeson Library | Geschke Center in locations such as Reference, Stacks, and Periodicals.
  • Federal government documents received after 1/1997 and shelved in Government Documents Stacks (paper format)
  • Almost all Government Documents Media (DVD-ROMs, CD-ROMs and diskettes)
  • Federal government documents received after 1/1999 and shelved in Government Documents Fiche (microfiche)
  • Government documents in Law Reference and Law Stacks at the School of Law Library
  • Electronic only government documents collections, such as STAT-USA.

Go to the appropriate shelving location and call number to locate the documents. If an Internet version of the document has been identified, the record in Ignacio will provide a link to the electronic copy.

Maps and the remainder of the CD-ROMs and diskettes are currently being cataloged for Ignacio.

Some federal government documents in paper format and on microfiche received prior to 1999 and shelved in the Government Documents room have been cataloged and appear in Ignacio. We will gradually include more and more of these documents.

Federal Government Pamphlet File

Includes:

  • Grants and other applications
  • Internal Revenue Service Publications
  • Social Security Administration pamphlets and guides
  • Many National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maps and brochures
  • Other miscellaneous pamphlets, generally 20 pages or less

The pamphlets listed in the database are located in a file cabinet in the Government Documents room.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

You may use the following catalogs to identify U.S. Government documents in the Federal Depository Library Program.

  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications -- U.S. Government Printing Office. Catalog of all U.S. government documents in the Federal Depository Library Program from 1976 to present.
  • Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications -- U.S. Government Printing Office. Catalog of all U.S. government documents in the Federal Depository Library Program. The library has this print catalog for the years ranging from 1951 to 1976. DOCUMENTS REFERENCE Z1223 .A18.

Once you have identified documents, look in the appropriate Government Documents shelving location by SuDocs number.

Please note: As USF is a 30% selective depository, we only have some of the documents in the Federal Depository Library Program.

A large number of unclassified federal documents were not distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program. If you do not find what you are looking for in these catalogs, use other indexes or databases that contain government documents on your subject.

Specialized Indexes or Databases

If you are looking for a federal government document, you may also check a catalog or specialized index in order to locate the SuDocs number. You may then check the appropriate shelving location for the document. Several specialized indexes for older documents or specific agencies are available in Documents Reference and Documents Stacks in the Government Documents room. You may also locate them by searching in Ignacio or in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

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For a Known Title

First, check to see if a record for the document is available in the library catalog or included in our pamphlet database. See above for a description of documents included in Ignacio and the Federal Government Pamphlet File.

Next, if you do not find the document in Ignacio and it was recently published, you may wish to check the Internet to see if it is available full-text online.

If you are looking for a federal government document, you may also check a catalog or specialized index in order to locate the SuDocs number. You may then check the appropriate shelving location for the document.

Several specialized indexes are available in Documents Reference and Documents Stacks in the Government Documents room.

Several databases are also available via the library Databases list.

 By Subject

You may search by keyword or subject in Ignacio or in the catalogs and indexes. You may search for words in the title in the Federal Government Pamphlet File.

For Statistics

You may wish to start your research in the Statistical Abstract of the United States, also available at REFERENCE HA202 .Un58. For more detailed statistics, see the Statistics research guide.

 

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