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1. The Universe of Federal Government Information

2. Depository Libraries

3. SuDoc numbers

4. Federal Document Shelflist

5. The NCSU Libraries on-line catalog

6. Monthly Catalog

7. Monthly Catalog cumulative indexes

8. 1909 Checklist

9. CIS

10. Other Congressional Sources

11. Specialized Indexes

12. Patents and Trademarks

13. Periodical Indexes

14. Web sites

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Federal Government Documents Tutorial

Federal Documents Shelflist

Until 1999 records contained in a card file were the only mechanism we had to determine which documents our collection contained.  Now our document holdings, from 1986 (and for some specific titles earlier than that), have been added to The Libraries on-line catalog.  You'll find these more recent documents in the catalog by searching titles, keywords, and LC subjects as you would use to search for books.  But for older documents you still need the information contained in the "shelflist."

The federal document shelflist is located on the second floor, in the documents collection adjacent to the I 1.'s, in the southwest corner of the second floor bookstacks.  The documents shelflist was "frozen" in 1999:  we ceased to add receipt information to the shelflist at that time.

The cards in the shelflist contain a single reference to each federal document in our collection, either on a separate card, or on some sort of numbered/dated check-in card.  The cards are arranged by SuDoc number.  The card file is called a shelflist because the cards are in the same order as the documents are on the shelves.

To make use of the shelflist most effectively, you need to know a document's SuDoc number, and - most commonly - that is the piece of information you lack when searching for a publication, or a subject, in a library.  The paper or electronic Monthly Catalog, described below, is the best place to begin your search for federal government documents.  Once you have in hand the SuDoc numbers for titles of interest, the shelflist will show you whether a specific document is in the library, whether it's in paper in the document stack areas on the second floor, in microfiche in the Microforms Room on the second floor, East Wing, or in CD-Rom cabinets by the Reference Desk.

You need not use the shelflist if you've found call numbers for documents using The Libraries on-line catalog.

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