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Library Instruction

About Government Publications

The Schurz Library has been a member of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1968. This program provides U.S. Government materials free of charge to libraries in return for the libraries providing public access. As a selective depository the Schurz Library chooses sources in areas which support the curriculum and research interests of Indiana University South Bend and the Second Congressional District. These include sources in a variety of formats including a vast number of online sources, microfiche, and print materials like maps, posters, and periodicals.

The federal government is a leader in a many areas of research and data collection and by law, makes this information available on the Internet and in print. The United States government is the largest publisher in the world, producing thousands of resources every years on almost every subject imaginable. Many government publications contain statistics and information not available elsewhere.

The print and microfiche collections are located in Government Publications on the Ground floor of the Franklin D. Schurz Library. The majority of print government publications may be circulated.

How to locate Government Publications:

Government publications are included in IUCAT. If you are looking for a print or microfiche source in the Schurz Library, you will need the call number, which is a SuDoc or Superintendent of Documents number. For assistance in locating government publications, contact a reference librarian or Linda Fisher, Head of Government Publications, at 520-4442.

Superintendent of Documents Classification System

Federal Government publications are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification number. Publications are grouped together by issuing agency. The example below shows how the SuDoc number C 61.34:987 is constructed.


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Here are the prefixes from the SuDoc classification numbers for some of the agencies that you may be interested in:

A Agriculture Dept.
C3 Census Bureau (Commerce Dept.)
D Defense Dept.
E Energy Dept.
ED Education Dept.
GA General Accounting Office
GS General Services Administration
HE Health and Human Services Dept.
I Interior Dept.
I 19. U.S. Geological Survery
J Justice Dept.
Ju Judiciary
L Labor Dept.
LC Library of Congress
NAS NASA
S State Dept.
SI Smithsonian Institute
T 22. Internal Revenue Service
X, Y Congress
Y .4 Congressional Committees