Answered By: Library Staff
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016     Views: 66

We are not a Federal Depository Library: we do not have a large separate collection of Government Documents. Look for what documents we do have by searching the Library Catalog as you would for any book. There is no special shortcut for searching for documents in our catalog, so you must search the catalog by author, title or subject, etc. If you knscreenshot from the Library Catalogow of a government agency that produced the document, you can try an AUTHOR search on the name of the agency (examples):

·        united states bureau of mines

·        california dept of motor vehicles

·        united states dept of agriculture

Notice that the word "department" is often abbreviated. If the AUTHOR searches fail, try them as KEYWORD searches.If you don't know the exact author, try a KEYWORD search using any combination of words from the author and/or title:

·        surgeon general smoking

·        united nations production yearbook

·        agriculture dept** commodities

The double asterisk (**) includes wild card endings of a word stem in the search. Other strategies you can try:

·        You can search the GPO Monthly Catalog database from our Databases Page to identify a particular document and then request it via our Document Delivery service.

·        Many government agencies have their newer publications available for free on the web; see http://www.usa.gov/  the us goverment portal on the web.

·        If you are willing to travel, nearby Depository Libraries include the Claremont Colleges, Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Fullerton. A fuller list can be had at Federal Depository Library Directory

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