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Basic guide to get you started in researching the federal government resources both online and in the library.



This library 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)"

The FSU Libraries was designated a Federal Depository Library in 1941 and serves the 2nd United States Congressional District of the state of Florida.

Information about the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) may be found here.


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Federal Documents

 1.  What is a government document?

 Government documents are official publications produced by any government agency, such as the Federal government, a state agency or the United Nations. They come in a variety of physical formats, including books, periodicals, maps, microfiche, CD-ROMs, videotapes, and in electronic format on internet sites. 

 2.  What is in the Federal documents collection?

 Strozier Library receives many of the publications available through the Federal Depository Program. Subjects covered include aeronautics, business, demographics, education, energy, environment, foreign affairs, government policy and programs, health, natural resources, technology and more.  We have publications issued by the first Congress and by all subsequent congresses, and publications from every cabinet level department and most other administrative agencies. 

 3.  How do I search for Federal documents?

 Most Federal documents received since 1990 can be found through the online catalog.  Documents issued since 1895 can also be identified through The Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications issued by the Government Printing Office.  The table under the "Uncataloged material" tab lists other places to locate documents that are not in our online catalog.

 U.S. government-sponsored research and worldwide scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information can be identified through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), at or possibly from here.

 4.  How do I find Federal documents on the shelf?

 Practically all of the Federal documents are shelved in compact stacks or microfiche cabinets in the Basement of Strozier Library, which are  accessible  all hours Strozier Library is open.  Most Federal documents are arranged by issuing agency using the call number system created by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc).

 SuDoc numbers are in three parts, separated by a period and a colon, and often include slashes. The part before the period represents the agency responsible for the publication, the part between the period and the colon describes the series or type of publication, and that after the colon identifies the individual piece. Click on the "By agency" tab of this guide for more detailed information.


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