Sociology Research Guide

Finding Federal Documents

The NCSU Libraries has an extensive collection of Federal government documents. Those that have been published since 1976 can be searched in electronic databases. The most comprehensive of these electronic versions of the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is available from OCLC.

The D. H. Hill Library Federal documents collection contains approximately 86% of the publications listed in the Monthly Catalog.

Many of the publications in the library's Federal documents collection are older than 1976 and can not be searched electronically. For material issued prior to 1976, use the printed Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications shelved in the U.S. Documents Reference area on the second floor, north tower, to obtain call numbers for this material.

The Federal documents collection is shelved in the second floor tower stack areas of the library. The collection is arranged by a separate classification system -- the Superintendent of Documents (or SuDoc) classification scheme -- which arranges material by the government agency responsible for the publication. Such an arrangement is not good for browsing since many agencies may have published books on a given topic.

Examples:

Threat posed by the convergence of organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorism : hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, second session, December 13, 2000. (66 p.)
U.S. Docs. Y 4.J 89/1:106/148

Illegal aliens : INS participation in antigang task forces in Los Angeles (2000, 71 p.)
GAO-01-78
Electronic access; needs an Adobe Acrobat reader.

Homelessness : programs and the people they serve : findings of the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (1999, 1 v.)
U.S. Docs. HH 1.2:H 75/54/REPORT

Service coordination : elderly persons and people with disabilities (1998?, 137 p).
U.S. Docs. HH 1.6/3:EL 2/5