Strategies for Finding U.S. Documents by Date
The process of finding a U.S. government document
works like this:
Your citation --> Getting a SuDoc classification number --> Checking
The best tool to find a SuDoc number often depends on when the item was published.
We recommend asking a librarian for help to locate items before 1999.
Date is pre-1976:
- Use Cumulative
Title Index to U.S. Public ... or Monthly
Catalog to determine a
- Check the documents shelves
to see if we have a print copy.
- If the item's not there, ask a librarian for help because
we may have it in another format.
Date is between 1976 and 1999:
- Search the GPO Access, WorldCat,
or the NCSU
Libraries Catalog to
get the sudoc number. We may still own the
item even if you don't find it in the NCSU Libraries catalog.
- Check the documents shelves to see if we have a print copy.
- If the item's not there, ask a librarian for help because we may
have it in another format.
Looking for information on a topic:
Many online and print indexes identify federal documents by topic.
Most of the print indexes are in Reference - U.S. Depository Collection
in D. H. Hill, 2nd floor, Stacks. Browsing in that area, you will
discover some useful indexes. The indexes below may be helpful,
but there are many more listed on our Indexes &
Databases web page. Once you have identified appropriate resources,
use the instructions above to see if the item is available at NCSU Libraries
or ask for help.
catalog: You can search by topic keyword and limit
your search to federal government documents.
- Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of U. S. Government
Publications, 1900 - 1971. Compiled by William W. Buchanan
and Edna M. Kanely.
Z 1223 .A183 Reference - U.S. Depository Collection, D. H. Hill,
2nd floor, Stacks
- CIS Indexes: This set of books indexes some
of the print collection, as well as some retrospective microfiche collections.
There are several sets focusing on different types of information, from
Congressional Hearings to Executive Branch documents. You will
find them all in Reference - U. S. Depository Collection, D. H. Hill,
2nd floor. The call numbers begin with "KF" or "Z."
Get in-person assistance from a reference librarian in D. H. Hill Library.