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

Government Documents Librarian

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

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)

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NEWS: FREE CENSUS WEBINARS

NEW WEBINARS ADDED!

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU 2016 SUMMER CAMP WEBINAR SERIES

FREE Online Trainings on How to Access and Use our Statistics.

What: The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a series of free data access webinars to all interested data users. Attendees will learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic, housing and business data from the decennial census, American Community Survey, Local Employment Dynamics, economic programs and more.

When: June 1 – Aug. 31, 2016

To learn about and register for our webinars, visit census.gov

These trainings are free, but you must register. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and a Waitlist if available for all sessions.

 

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 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:

Loan periods for 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 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.
  • 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.

What is a SuDoc number? 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.

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 eventually 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