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Annex Request Form

The Library Annex is a remote storage area. Materials in the Annex can be brought to the Morris Library. The Library Annex Request Form is on the Library Web. Scroll to the bottom of the home page, and select "Forms" under the heading "Quick Links."

The first line of the form asks for a UD identification number. If you are not affiliated with UD, type multiple zeros.

Most of the U.S. Documents in print are located in the Library Annex.

If you cannot find a publication in DELCAT Discovery, you can request the item from the Library Annex -- but only if you have a SuDocs call number. You should consult with a librarian before making this kind of request.

 

Directories

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United States Government Manual
The official handbook about the United States government. Describes the major agencies in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the government, as well as many quasi-official agencies and commissions. Includes organization charts of the departments and of selected agencies. Began publication in 1935. Knowing the organization of the government can be the clue needed to find an elusive publication.

Federal Regulatory Directory
Provides an overview of the regulatory process and current trends in regulation. It describes the federal agencies involved in regulation, the agency's history, authority, organization, and information sources. Useful appendices include a reprinting of some major acts, such as the Freedom of Information Act, and a description of how to use the two major sources of government regulations: the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations.

 

From Off Campus

Most Library online resources can be accessed from off campus by current UD faculty, staff, and students. When using links on these pages, you may be prompted for your UDelNetID and password. Please report any issues you encounter while accessing Library databases, e-journals, or e-books.

 

Federal Depository

The University of Delaware Library is a Federal Depository Library.

"A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but as Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
– James Madison, "Letter to W. T. Barry" (August 4, 1822)

 

Federal Publishing and Libraries

The federal government is one of the world's largest publishers of statistical information and legal information, including state, local, national, and international data. In addition to legal and statistical information, government publications cover art, history, science, and many other areas. Most federal government publications published today are available on the Internet.

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) functions as a bridge between government agencies and the public. Government publications are sent to depository libraries free of charge and the libraries make the publications accessible to the public.

The University of Delaware Library is an officially designated Federal Depository Library (FDL) and has been a depository since 1897. The Depository number is 0087. The liaison to the Federal Library Depository Program (at the Government Printing Office) is John Stevenson. The government information subject specialist is Rebecca Knight.

Liaison to Depository Program Subject Specialist
John Stevenson, Associate Librarian
Coordinator, Government Documents and Maps Processing Unit
Student Multimedia Design Center
(302) 831-8671
varken@udel.edu
Rebecca Knight, Associate Librarian
Reference Department
(302) 831-1730
knight@udel.edu

Currently, the Library selects about 51% of the publications included in the Federal Depository Library Program, most notably hearings published by the Senate and House Committees on which members of Delaware's Congressional delegation serve.

 

Guides

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Guide to U.S. Government Publications ("Andriot")
This guide presents "A Practical Guide To the Superintendent of Documents Classification System." The guide lists government agencies and subagencies and identifies the SuDocs class for major series of documents.

Usually called "Andriot" -- the name of the original editor.




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USA.gov
The official government portal site. Breakdowns by topics and by audience groups offer links to resources from all government agencies. Includes links to partner sites, such as science.gov.

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Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information (GODORT)
From GODORT (Government Documents Round Table) of the American Library Association.





 

The Call Numbers (SuDocs Classification)

U.S. documents are arranged by a call number system specifically designed for federal documents, called the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system.

The SuDocs call number system is based on the government agency which released the document. For example, a publication from the Department of Agriculture begins with an "A," such as A 1.114:92 and a publication from the Department of Education begins with the letters "ED," such as ED 1.209 Sp1.

Agencies or bureaus under departments have the letter or letters for that department (the "parent agency") and a number unique to the sub-agency or bureau. For example, "A 13" is the Forest Service and "A 93" is the Economic Research Service, both of which are agencies under the Department of Agriculture.

The next part of the call number identifies the series or type of publication. The remaining parts of the call number identify the individual publication.

The call numbers file alphabetically by letter and then in numerical order by the first group of numbers, then the next group, etc. All numbers are whole numbers. Unlike the Library of Congress call number system used in most of the rest of the library, THERE ARE NO DECIMALS.

 

Examples of SuDocs Call Numbers

First the letter or letters at the beginning.

Note: "Nothing comes before something."

A 1.1:985
AC 1.1/2:975
Then numerically by the number, stopping at the period. C 2.2:207
C 21.12/2:966
Then numerically by the whole number down to the next slash, period, or colon. C 55.13:826
C 55.13/2:26
If at any time after the first period you must choose between a number and a letter, letters go before numbers. Y 4.Ec7/a:92
Y 4.Ec7/2:86
Continue looking by the whole number or letter up to the next punctuation mark until the end of the call number. Y 4.F49:92-47
Y 4.F49:857

Subject Librarian

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Rebecca C. Knight
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Associate Librarian, Reference and Instructional Services Department,
(302) 831-1730
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Address:
Reference and Instructional Services Department, Room 117H
University of Delaware Library
181 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE 19717-5267
 

Recommendation for Library Purchase

The Library welcomes suggestions for books, journals, videos and other material. Please use the Recommendation for Purchase form to send your suggestions.

 

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Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

Libraries across the country participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The program's goal is to provide government information to the public (or DTTP, documents to the people). The program supplies government publications in electronic and tangible formats and provides continuing education for the dedicated librarians who assist the public.

Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

  • University of Delaware Library  •  181 South College Avenue   •   Newark, DE 19717   •   USA
    Phone: (302) 831-2965   •   © 2014

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