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Finding government resources at OSU, including Federal, State, and International, Census and statistical resources, and subject specific information.

Federal Depositories

depository logoThe 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)

See Depository Library Information for details about the Federal Depository Library Program and our place in it.

Government Documents Librarian

Valery King
Contact:
The Valley Library
541-737-7318

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In the News

Census Bureau Releases New Data on Oregon and Several Counties from the 2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

The U.S. Census Bureau is sharing the latest statistics about Oregon and several of its counties from the American Community Survey. The same statistics are available for cities with population of 65,000 people or more.

To see how Oregon has changed between 2014 and 2015 just click on any of the tables below:

Oregon: 2015 American Community Survey

The 2015 American Community Survey provides statistics on over 40 social, economic and housing topics for U.S. communities with populations of 65,000 or more. The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as employment, language spoken at home, education and selected housing costs.

If you have any questions about this data, you can contact the State Data Center for further assistance.

To learn more about the American Community Survey — how it works and what it’s used for — you can also visit us at www.census.gov/acs. Or visit these links:

Citing Government Documents

Government documents can be confusing to cite in text or bibliographies, as there are some differences between them and other sources. The number and kinds of authors (personal authors, agencies, or both) can make things complicated; so can the format of the document—PDF articles, websites, databases, microfiche, and paper publications have subtly different requirements.Other than standard reports, there are special formats such as Census, Serial Set, Hearings and Congressional Bills, with unique aspects.

Some basic stuff: 

1.       If a personal author is named, they should be given credit; often there isn’t any author named and the agency is treated as the author.

2.       If the issuing agency is also the publisher, you may eliminate the publisher name in the entry.

3.       Internet-original publications may not have “publisher” information and you can substitute the URL in its place (usually a good idea to include the access date also).

4.       Abbreviate United States to U.S. in the agency name.

5.       Include the report number and/or SuDoc classification number if there is one. These can be very helpful for readers looking for the document.

The style guide for whatever style you’re using (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) ought to have some guidance for citing government documents. There is also a book, The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources (3rd ed.), call number J9.5 .G37 2002.

For basic help online, the University of Delaware Library has a Guide you can consult, at http://guides.lib.udel.edu/c.php?g=85404&p=548852

Government Documents Services at OSU Valley Library

Reference Service

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

Library Instruction

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

  • finding documents through the OSU Libraries' catalog and the Internet
  • searching government databases
  • becoming familiar with government agencies/offices and their publications
  • governments statistics and how to find them
  • assessing government information and web sites
  • citing government documents

Classes can be scheduled by contacting the Government Information Librarian, Valery King.

Checking Out Documents

Many government documents are available electronically, linked in the library catalog or available directly from government databases or the Internet.  The OSU Libraries also has a large collection of circulating documents. Many 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:

Location of government documents
Format Location Circulate?
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 (near Fiche readers) most do
maps 3rd floor maps cases yes

Government Information Locations in the Valley Library

Federal and State documents at the OSU Valley Library can be found in a variety of places. 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 from the record.

  • 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, or the LC section of the microfiche cabinets.

  • Others are classified in Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification (or OrDocs in the case of Oregon documents) and are found in the 3rd floor document collections on shelves, in CD/DVD cabinets, or in microfiche cabinets.

What is a SuDoc number? Federal documents no classified by us in the Library of Congress (LC) classification system are 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.

FDsys: GPO's Federal Digital System

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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.

FDsys will soon be replaced by govinfo, a platform currently in beta release. Visit (and give feedback) at https://www.govinfo.gov/

Locators and Finding Aids

Find Your Legislators

Oregon2012 delegation

U.S. Senate

Senator Ron Wyden (D)
Senator Jeff Merkley (D)

U.S. House of Representatives

District 01 Suzanne Bonamici (D)
District 02 Greg Walden (R)
District 03 Earl Blumenauer (D)
District 04 Peter A. DeFazio (D)
District 05 Kurt Schrader (D)

 

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