"Government documents" is a blanket term used to categorize any information disseminated by a government agency. As such, material produced by government bodies at the local, state, federal, and internation level, in addition to government-funded agencies and organizations, are all considered government documents.
This research guide is designed with the intention of helping you discover what type of information is available to you from federal government agencies. All of these resources reflect the core collection available in the library, and are categorized by publishing agency. While a good portion of the collection can be accessed electronically, this is not yet true of all of it. Their location in the library, and online when applicable, is provided.
This Research Guide was created by Jennifer Kulka, Law Library Intern
What are SuDocs?
The Superintendent of Documents uses an alpa-numeric classification system which assigns a SuDoc number to each publication. This system classifies each document by an institutional author (Congress or a government department, agency or commission), not by subject.
A SuDoc number is composed of two major parts divided by the colon: the stem, which identifies the government department or agency (the author) that issued the publication and after the colon a book number which is specific to that document.