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Government Information Librarian
The Valley Library
Citing Government Documents: American Psychological Association (University of Nebraska Kearney)
Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style (Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Univ. of Nevada, Reno)
DocsCite (Arizona State University Libraries) helps with both MLA and APA styles.
The Bluebook: a uniform system of citation. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Law Review Association. Valley Reference Desk KF245 .B58 2010 (19th edition)
The Valley Library at OSU is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)
Federal and State documents at the OSU Valley Library can be found in a variety of places. The most recent documents are often online only, and can be located with a search in 1Search; links to these documents are found in the record. Many of our tangible (physical) documents are given a classification number in the Library of Congress (LC) system and located in the regular book stacks with our other items. Others are classified in Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification (or OrDocs in the case of Oregon documents) and are found in the 3rd floor collections (shelves, CD/DVD cases, or microfiche cases). Records for all of them are included in 1Search searches. For documents in physical formats, it is essential to note both call number and location in the record.
What is SuDoc? Many of our federal documents are classified in the Library of Congress (LC) classification system and shelved with the other books, but we do have a significant number of documents classified in SuDoc. This is a system that arranges publications by the agency that produced them, NOT by subject like LC. At the Valley Library, these are all located on the 3rd floor.
Help with searching and finding government documents is available at the Information Desk in The Valley Library. Help via instant messaging, e-mail, text, and phone is available--see Ask Us
Instruction on finding and using government documents is available for classes and groups and can be tailored to the needs of the students or audience. Possible topics include
Classes can be scheduled by contacting the Government Information Librarian, Valery King.
Many government documents are available in electronic form, linked in the library catalog or available directly from government databases or the Internet. The OSU Libraries has a large collection of circulating documents as well. Many of these are located on the 3rd floor; others are cataloged and shelved within the library stacks. Be sure to check the catalog record to find out what format your document is (paper, microfiche, CD/DVD, online etc.) and the physical location of the document. The table below provides location information and circulation status for documents:
|print / SuDoc number||3rd floor Documents section||yes|
|print / LC call numbers||in stacks with other LC call numbers||yes|
|microfiche||3rd floor microfiche cases||no|
|CD-ROM/ DVD-ROM||3rd floor CD cases||most do|
|maps||3rd floor maps cases||yes|
FDsys is the primary public access to Government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. Featured collections include Code of Federal Regulations; United States Code; Federal Register; Congressional Bills, Documents, Hearings and Reports; Congressional Record; Compilation of Presidential Documents; Economic Indicators; Public and Private Laws. More are being added as time goes on.
U.S. House of Representatives
Oregon Congressional Districts (map from the Oregon Blue Book)
State Senators & Representatives: Find Your Legislator at http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/home.htm