The Government Documents Department
Carlson Library has been a selective depository for United States federal and state government documents since 1963. In our fifty plus years of service, we have provided our users information published by every agency of the government. The Government Documents department is located on the third floor of the Carlson Library.
Documents come in a wide variety of formats: paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, and online, and the Documents Department has them all. Certain documents, including many publications used for frequent reference, are located in the Documents Office itself. All government documents on microform are kept in the lower level of the Carlson Library.
Superintendent of Documents Numbers
The Government Documents are arranged by Superintendent of Documents (or SuDoc) numbers. The letters correspond to government agencies. When reading SuDoc numbers, remember that the number after the colon should be read as a whole number... C 2:10 is followed by C 2:11, not C 2:105, for example. A full explanation is available on the Federal Depository Library Project website.
Common Superintendent of Documents Divisions
- A Department of Agriculture
- CCommerce Department
- C3 Census Bureau
- C21 Patent and Trademark Office
- CC Federal Communications Commission
- CR Civil Rights
- CS Civil Service Commission
- D Defense Department
- E Department of Energy
- ED Department of Education
- EP Environmental Protection Agency
- FT Federal Trade Commission
- GA General Accounting Commission
- GS General Services Administration
- HE Health and Human Services
- NH Department of Housing and Urban Development
- I Department of the Interior
- IC Interstate Commerce Commission
- J Justice Department
- LLabor Department
- L2 Labor Statistics
- P Postal Service
- PrEx Executive Office of the President
- S State Department
- SBA Small Business Administration
- TTreasury Department
- T22 Internal Revenue Service
- TD Transportation Department
- VA Veterans Administration
- X Congressional Record
- Y3 Congressional Commissions, Committees, Boards
- Y4 Congressional Hearings
Government Documents Policy
'Depository libraries must provide free access to FDLP information resources in all formats to any member of the general public without any impediments, such as age limitations, technology barriers, or residency status limitations. Providing for free access to the depository collection is a fundamental obligation of Federal depository libraries'.
Minors who do not meet the requirements for accessing the Internet will be provided, upon request, with mediated searching assistance for government information from a library workstation.
"minor" means any person under the age of eighteen(18 U.S. Code § 2256).
Finding Government Information in the UT Library Catalog
All of our government publications have can be searched using the subject term "Government Publications" in addition to your other keywords.
If you just want to see what we have in print documents, these can be found in the UT Library Catalog by searching by keyword and limiting your search Location: Carlson Government Documents. To find government documents in the UT Library Catalog that have links to a web site, combine your keyword with the subject 'electronic government information'.
Government documents can be identified by their Call Number, which will have a colon (:) in it, and by the Location, which will often be Federal Documents, Ohio Documents, Documents Office, or Microform/Media.
UT Library Catalog Search
Finding Government Information on the Internet
Many government agencies publish their information directly on the web. Although the UT Library Catalog contains links to much of this information, you may want to use some of the following web sites to find government information in electronic format:
Finding Government Information in Databases
The libraries have access to several databases that provide government information, especially legislative information.
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