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Government Information: Searching for Government Documents at SU Libraries

A starting point for locating government information and specific government publications.

Overall Collections Content

The government documents collection at Syracuse encompasses all subject areas and are available in different formats. The vast majority of our collection is in the traditional print format, which is what you will see on the shelves when you visit the collection on the 3rd floor of Bird Library. Government documents are also available in our collection on microfiche and on CD/DVDs as well as digital access to documents from numerous websites and databases.

Our collection holdings:

  • Print: Our print collection contains over 275,000 print items
  • Micro: There are more than 2,200,000 microfiche
  • Digital: The collection contains over 3000 CD/DVDs with digital data, documents, and imagery.
  • Online: There are over 80 different links to online databases and search engines available from the Federal Government on the Library's Gov Docs Research Guide.

 

US Documents - Print

Our print documents collection comprises paper publications from every Federal Agency as well as other Executive Branch Departments; All portions of the Judicial Branch and the courts as well as the Legislative Branch including both the House and Senate and Departments that report to them. i.e. Congressional Research Service., Library of Congress and the Government Publishing Office, etc. The vast majority of print documents are legislative hearings and Agency publications, all of which can be discovered using the Library's online catalogs and specific government document related databases. i.e. ProQuest Congressional and Hein Online. Also search for other available databases on the database tab on this guide.

US Documents - Digital

CD and DVDs from the Docs Collection are cataloged and can be found in the Document Collections's Annex next to the 3rd floor service desk. Ask for the disks you need by providing the call number and title to the attendant at the service desk and they will get it for you.

There are numerous online digital resources and website available for Federal documents. Many of the most used URLs and databases are available from other tabs at the top of this guide.

US Documents - Microform

The Microfiche collection is broken down into four sections:

Sec. 1    Cabinets 1 - 15

U.S. Federal Depository Microfiche collection: 1980’s - 2010

Contains depository documents from all three branches of the Federal Government; Agencies, Executive, the Courts and from Congress, and are arranged in the cabinets by SuDoc call number. (A1.1: – Y10: ) Documents on fiche can be found in the Library’s online catalog.

Sec. 2    Cabinets 16 - 26

U.S. Federal Non-Depository Microfiche collection: 1981-1991

Contains non-depository documents from all three branches of the Federal Government; Agencies, Executive, the Courts and from Congress, and are arranged by U.S. Monthly Catalog number. To find documents in this collection you will need to download the PDF Document at the bottom of this box and use the Hein Online database through the Library’s catalog to search the Monthly Catalog. The documents in this collection are from 1981 – 1991 ONLY!

Sec. 3    Cabinets 27 - 40

  • Documents from the State of New York.
  • U.S. Congressional Record (and all earlier titles) dates 1789 – date.
  • U.S. Government Congressional bills, testimony from the 96th to the 106th Congress.
  • United Nations Documents and Publications (1946 – 2012)
  • Great Britain – Parliament: House of Lords & House of Commons (1979 – 2005) Debates and Sessional Papers.
  • IIS (1983 – 2006) International Index of Statistics. The Library Database ProQuest Statistical InSight contains citation and indexing for IIS from 1983 to 2006 but no full-text. Citations from InSight can be used to find the full-text in the fiche collection for these years.
  • ASI (1982 – 1996) American Statistical Index. The Library Database ProQuest Statistical InSight contains citation and indexing for ASI from 1982 to 2003 but no full-text. Citations from InSight can be used to find the full-text in the fiche collection for these years.

Sec. 4    Cabinets 41 – 52

  • ASI (1996 – 2009) See above.
  • CIS National Statistical Compendium
  • NASA/NACA 1915-Date. This collection compliments and supplements the available online NASA publications found in NTRL, NTIS and the TRAIL databases.

New York State Documents

The collection of New York State documents is small and not extensive in coverage. Most documents in this collection are of an historic focus. They are located at the end of stack range #32 in the Gov Docs stacks. New York State documents on microfiche are located across from the print document collection in cabinet #27.

International Documents

PRINT - SUL has an extensive historical collection of documents from the United Nations and the various programs administered by the UN. This collection is located between the US Congressional Hearings and the US Census Collections on the 3rd floor of Bird Library.

DIGITAL - See the International Documents tab on this guide for links to various UN databases, data repositories and websites.

MICROFICHE - The UN microfiche collection is extensive and has documents from the General Assembly and all other sub-agencies of the UN from 1946 - 2012.