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U. S. Government Documents

The U.S. Government Documents collection is located on the lower level of the library.

The Vande Bogart Library has been a selective U.S. Government Depository since 1980, which means that we receive a percentage of the large number of publications that are issued. With the exception of the few items designated "reference", U.S. Government Documents may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. The MSU-Northern Library Catalog lists the documents owned by this library and provides access to electronic versions of many governmental publications..

FORMATS

U.S. Government publications are printed in a variety of formats (paper, microfiche, and electronic). A microfiche reader is located in the documents area by the microfiche cabinets. A microfiche reader/printer is available near the Circulation Desk on the library's upper level. Portable readers are also available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Documents produced on CD and DVD format may be checked out.

INDEXES

The best indexes for monographic U.S. Government publications are the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications or GPO Catalog of Publications which can be searched via the web. 

The best way to identify articles published in government journals is to consult the electronic journal indexes. The Vande Bogart Library Periodical Listing lists journals held by the Vande Bogart Library.

CLASSIFICATION

U.S. Government Documents are classified by SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) numbers. These numbers consist of capital letter(s) representing the government department or agency, followed by a number(s) representing the subagency; a category number; colon; and numbers indicating a distinct publication.


FEDERAL DOCUMENT AGENCIES
(Department and Agency Symbols that the library receives)

Agriculture Department 

ITC 

International Trade Commission

AA 

Action 

Justice Department

AC 

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency 

JU 

Judiciary (Courts of the United States)

AE 

National Archives and Records Administration 

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Commerce Department 

LC 

Library of Congress

CC 

Federal Communications Commission 

LR 

National Labor Relations Board

CR 

Civil Rights Commission 

MS 

Merits Systems Protection Board

Defense Department 

NAS 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Energy Department 

NF 

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities

ED 

Education Department 

NS 

National Science Foundation

EP 

Environmental Protection Agency 

United States Postal Service

FCA 

Farm Credit Administration 

PE 

Peace Corps

FEM 

Federal Emergency Management Agency 

PM 

Personnel Management Office

FHL 

Federal Home Loan Bank Board 

PR 

President of the United States

FMC 

Federal Maritime Commission 

PrEx 

Executive Office of the President

FT 

Federal Trade Commission 

State Department

GA 

General Accounting Office 

SBA 

Small Business Administration

GP 

Government Printing Office 

SE 

Securities and Exchange Commission

GS 

General Services Administration 

SI 

Smithsonian Institution

HE 

Health and Human Services Department 

Treasury Department

HH 

Housing and Urban Development Department 

TD 

Transportation Department

Interior Department 

VA 

Veterans Administration

IA 

United States Information Agency 

X and Y 

Congress

IC 

Interstate Commerce Commission 

 

 


Last Updated: 10/16/13
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