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Federal Government Information

This guide will help you find information from the federal government. To a lesser degree it will also cover Michigan state government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Federal Depository Collection

The federal depository collection is made up of paper, microfiche, cds, and dvds. You can use Library Search to find material published from 1976 to the present. For earlier material, it is best to contact library staff with your inquiry.

Historical Collections

Over the years the library has purchased large microfiche and online collections of federal documents in order to acquire a more complete collection of federal documents.  These Collections include:

The Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) system

Paper, microfiche, cd, and dvd ocuments are shelved by Superintendent of Documents or SuDoc call number.  Unlike a Library of Congress call number system, which organizes material by subject, the SuDoc number system organizes material by issuing agency. There is always a colon (:) in a SuDoc number.

Lets break apart a SuDoc number

A 13.28:H 94/5   

A - This tells us that this document originates from  the Department of Agriculture.

13 - This tells us that the publication comes from the Forest Service, an agency in the department.

.28 - This is the number for maps from the Forest Service.

:H 94/5   This is what librarians call a Cutter number. It represents a major word  in the title of the document so that all of the maps in A 13.28 file in alphabetical order. In this case the H 94/5 stands for the Huron National Forest.

The title of this document is: Fishing the Huron National Forest.

In addition to cutter numbers, you can find; years, volume and issue numbers, and series numbers after the colon.

     D 114.15:1989                                 This is an annual report covering 1989

     EP 1.23/6:600/R-93/012 C            This is a really long series number