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.
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