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U.S. Government Information: Getting Started

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)

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. On the home page select "Online Forms" (the icon is a checkmark).

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.

To reqest a publication from the Library Annex you must have a SuDocs call number. You should consult with a librarian before making this kind of request.

Finding Government Information: Catalogs

Finding Government Information: Locations

Search DELCAT or WorldCat Local (the library catalogs) for your topic or for a particular publication. The catalogs have information for online, print, and microfiche U.S. Documents.  Most of the print documents are in the Library Annex, a remote storage area.

Common locations:

  • Library Annex (use the Library Annex Request Form)
  • Library Annex U.S. Documents (use the Library Annex Request Form)
  • U.S. Documents Microfiche (Morris Library Lower Level)
  • U.S. Documents Reference (Morris Library Lower Level)
  • Morris Library Census Area (Morris Library Lower Level)

Documents received 1994 to present will be in the library catalogs and selected documents prior to that date will also be included.

If you do not find what you are looking for consult the page: Government Publications Prior to 1994 or ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

Limit to Government Agencies in DELCAT Discovery

Advanced Search

Enter your search in the Keyword, Title, or Subject box. Example: smoking AND health

 

 

 

On the left menu, look for the section titled: Refine Your Search. Government agencies are listed under the heading: Author. The authors are arranged by number of publications.

Restrict search results to government publications

Use the Advanced search option. In keyword box, type:

mt:ngp

mt:sgp

ngp = national government publications (not just U.S.)

sgp = state government publications (also retrieves University Presses)

Subject Guide

Rebecca Knight's picture
Rebecca Knight
Contact:
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H
(302) 831-1730


Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.


Education:
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

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