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Congress.gov Beta Legislative Site Readies for its Starring Role
THOMAS.gov Will Redirect to Congress.gov Beginning Nov. 19
November 18 - The free legislative information website, Congress.gov, is transitioning into its permanent role as the official site for federal legislative information from the U.S. Congress and related agencies.The site, which launched in beta form last fall and features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation, is replacing the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov.
Beginning Nov. 19, typing Thomas.gov into a web browser will automatically redirect to Congress.gov. @Thomasdotgov Twitter followers will be transferred to the @Congressdotgov account. THOMAS.gov will remain accessible from the Congress.gov homepage through late 2014 before it is retired.
For more information, please see the press release at http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-202.html.
The Government Has an App for That!
September 23 - Did you know that there are an increasing number of apps and mobile sites being developed by various U.S. agencies and their partners? A good centralized place to find these is the Mobile Apps Gallery on USA.gov, at http://apps.usa.gov/.
Here you can get a list by your type of mobile device (Apple, Android, Mobile web or Blackberry OS) or by category like Reference, Education, or Health & Fitness. There are apps by some other organizations here also, like the American Red Cross and the Sunlight Foundation. So go ahead--get that Consumer Information app from the FTC, or see what you'd look like as a Neanderthal with MEanderthal from the Smithsonian. It's all free.
Federal and State documents at the 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 of the library catalog; links to these documents are found in the catalog 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 the OSU Libraries online catalog. As you can see, it is essential to note both call numbers and locations in the catalog 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. To learn more, please see How to Read Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) and Oregon Document (OrDocs) Call Numbers from our friends at OIT: http://www.oit.edu/libraries/library/sudocs_ordocs.pdf
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 has replaced GPOAccess as 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.
FDsys is easy to use, but there are several robust help documents available. There is a User Manual (in pdf, download from http://www.gpo.gov/help/fdsys_user_manual.htm), and searchable online help is available throughout.
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
Redistricting: The Oregon Legislature and the governor approved the Congressional redistricting plan on June 30, 2011. Visit the website to see the changes: http://www.leg.state.or.us/redistricting/
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 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)