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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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Information about the Federal Collection

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. Search Box

Key Library Databases

  • CQ Press on Sage Knowledge
    This database combines many of CQ's most well- known government and political titles into a single searchable database. It includes such titles as the Political Handbook of the world, Elections A to Z, the Federal Regulatory Directory and the Washington Information Directory and covers such topics as International Affairs, Congress, Law and the Courts, Elections and Political Behavior, the Presidency and Politics and History.
  • CQ Weekly
    A complete source for expert coverage of the U.S. Congress: status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, backroom maneuvering, and more. Full-text coverage from October, 1983 to the present. Paper copies located in the Documents Collection of Strozier Library (320.5 C111)
  • Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS)
    Provides access to digitized copies of classified Government Documents as they are declassified.
    Library has 1975-1997 in Mif 439 and guide in Micr Z1223.Z9D4.
  • Demographics Now
  • Digital National Security Archive
    Subscription-based resource linked to the National Security Archive, an independent, non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, which collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive provides the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to US foreign and military policy since 1945.
  • EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements (Full archive)
  • Engineering Information Village
    Provides access to over 6,000,000 summaries of journal articles, technical reports, and conference papers and proceedings dating from 1970 forward as well as more than 10,000 web site abstracts, and 80 full-text searchable handbooks, patents and standards. Also called Ei Village 2.
  • Government Periodicals Index
    ProQuest Government Periodicals Index is your key to unlocking the wealth of material published by the United States federal government. As a publisher of information relating to diverse subjects business, agriculture, national security, the environment, nutrition, transportation and more the federal government offers numerous magazines and newsletters with substantial research value. Government Periodicals Index helps researchers access this type of information through detailed indexing.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
    Print version in STROZIER Documents -- C3.134/2: H62 1789-1970
  • Homeland Security Digital Library
    Quick access to important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from various universities, organizations. In Library Access only for some collections but the following is available to the public: CRS reports; Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports; Congressional hearings, reports, documents, resolutions and public laws; GAO reports, Inspector General reports, Presidential directives, etc.
  • Military and Government Collection
    Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.
  • PAIS International
    Provides access to materials on public affairs from 1972 to date. Includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories about public affairs.
  • Proquest Congressional
  • Social Explorer
    Contains historical decennial census data for the United States from 1790 to the latest census, the American Community Survey, the American Religious Bodies (ASARB), and InfoGroup for latest religion data . Can create reports and download data in convenient formats quickly and easily. Only 1 simultaneous user is allowed.
  • Statistical Abstract of the US
    The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set

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