What are Government Documents?
Government Documents are materials produced and published by state governments and the federal government,
either by the Government Printing Office (GPO) or independently by the agency.
About the Collection
Buswell Memorial Library was accepted to
the Federal Depository Library Program on September 28, 1964, although
it had been a repository library prior to 1951. Buswell
Library is a selective federal depository for approximately 29%
of what is produced by the Government Printing Office (GPO). These documents
appear in the Library's Online Catalog and are searchable like any other
Census, Congressional Record, Education, Health &
Human Services, Geological Survey, NASA (see Buswell's
Some of the resources held by Buswell Library include:
- Census Information, 1850 - present (see Buswell's
U.S. Census Collection)
- Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
- Congressional Record and other legislative
- Congressional Record Index
- Federal Budget Information
- Federal Register
- Justice Department Information
- List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)
- Social Security Publications
- Supreme Court Cases & Opinions
- Tax Information
- U.S. Code
- USGS Maps and Monographs
- United States Statutes At Large
Government Documents Staff
Head of Technical Services
Mark A. Levi
Government Documents Assistant
||Using the Government Documents
To get a full listing of federal departments
and agencies with their Superintendant of Documents Classification
System (SuDoc) author symbols for easy browsing of the collection
by department or agency, CLICK HERE.
Materials received from GPO come in a variety of formats:
- Books and Journals - the majority of which
are located downstairs in the Movable Shelving
- Bulletins, Newsletters, Pamphlets and Fliers
- located downstairs in the Vertical File
- CD-ROM/DVD-ROMs, Copyright and IRS Information
- located at the Reference Desk
- Maps - this is one of the most heavily
used parts of our collection. Maps are shelved on the Lower Level
in the map cases.
- Microfiche - located in the Microfiche Cabinets
on the Main Level
- Online Documents - the library's online
catalog provides web addresses for documents available on the Internet.
65% of government documents are now available electronically.
This number is growing, as GPO projects that this ratio will grow
to 80/20, electronic to print, within the next few years.
Searching the Online Catalog
Search for government documents by SuDoc number, keyword,
or government department or agency.
To search for a particular government document by SuDoc
number, go to the Guided Keyword Search in the Online
Catalog. Search by Classification. Enter the
SuDoc number in the corresponding Search for box. Be sure to
search as a phrase.
What the Library does not receive in print, microform,
or CD-ROM/DVD-ROM is often available online via the Internet. The current
U.S. Government follows an aggressive policy to provide access to all
types of federal documents electronically. The library's online catalog
provides web addresses for documents available on the Internet.
- Search our online
catalog. If you know the SuDoc number, try a SuDoc number search
(see Help with Searching).
- If the item is not found in Buswell's online catalog,
it may still be found online by searching the
FirstSearch GPO Database.
- If we do not own the item, we can in most cases get
the item via Interlibrary