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Types of Government Documents

Laws and Regulations

Executive Speeches and Directories

Court Decisions



Consumer Information











Finding Gov Docs in the GIL Catalog

GIL Catalog contains records of print and electronic government documents available via GSU.

To search by keyword:

Enter search term and select a field from the drop-down menu, or leave at default (All Fields)

On the left side of the page, select narrowing options such as Location--Library North 4, Government Document

The individual record of a government document will indicate call number and location, including online links if available (for these, click on the Online Access link within the record).


How to use this guide

This guide offers an overview of government documents and is designed for the ELMT 7130:Select & Use Reference Sources course but is also relevant for any education researcher using government documents.   The guide features materials available via University Library in print and electronic format to assist in locating credible, quality sources to support your research.

Use the tabs above to navigate within the guide.   Here is a quick guide to what you will find in each tab:

Overview and Sources: An quick guide to government documents and how to search for them in GSU's GIL catalog and sources with education government content.

Government Information:  The GSU research guide for government information-helpful if you want additional sources or more in-depth coverage of government documents.

Feel free to contact me if you need additional information about these resources and how to use them.  My contact information is on the right side of each page in the guide.


What are Government Documents?

Materials published by a government agency, such as the Department of Education.

Are catalogued differently than other library materials: The Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDocs) is used instead of the usual Library of Congress (LC) classification system.

Organized by agency creating the document.   Call number example from a GIL catalog government document record: ED 1.336:SCH 6 .

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