U.S. Government Documents
There are many possible locations for government publications. Remember to
ask a librarian if you have trouble finding a publication. Most non-Congressional
U.S. government publications are treated as books or periodicals and are entered
in the Library's general catalogs. In addition, the Newspaper
and Current Periodical Reading Room has a depository set of government documents
beginning in 1979.
Many government reports and reports done by private agencies on government
contract are issued by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). These
reports and those issued by various agencies which preceded NTIS are housed
in the Science Reading Room (they
are not, however, limited to scientific subjects). Such reports are usually
not listed in the Library's general catalogs. They can be identified through
the Government Reports Annual Index and its predecessors, available in the Science Reading Room (1946 to date) and the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading
Room (1979 to date).
U.S. treaties and Foreign Relations of the United States can
be found in the Law Library and in the Main Reading Room. U.S. treaties are
available in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. The Federal
Register and the Code of Federal Regulations are found
in the Law Library. Current issues
of both are also found in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.
Declassified U.S. government documents are available via the Declassified
Documents Reference System, an online collection available at the Library
of Congress and other subscribing institutions. The Microform
Reading Room also has
the microfiche edition of this collection, the indexes for which are
available in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room and the Main
Reading Room. The Microform
Reading Room also has other collections of government documents. Ask a librarian
in the Main Reading Room for assistance in identifying items in those collections.