<ul><li>Accidental Government Documents  </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian: </li></ul><ul><li>The Basics </li></ul><ul><li>North...
I need to know more about government information! <ul><li>We are doing more with less (i.e. reassigning staff) </li></ul><...
What We’ll Cover <ul><li>The reference process and how  </li></ul><ul><li>government information fits into it </li></ul><u...
Learning Outcomes <ul><li>By the end of this presentation you should have a better grasp of: </li></ul><ul><li>The structu...
Reference is a  process… govt info is just another set of resources <ul><li>Reference interview </li></ul><ul><li>Remain a...
“ Topical” vs. “Known Item” <ul><li>“ Topical”  </li></ul><ul><li>Queries that may benefit  </li></ul><ul><li>from using g...
Where does government information come from? <ul><li>The three branches of government , plus some additional independent a...
What to expect when working with government information <ul><li>Broken links and re-directs  </li></ul><ul><li>are fairly ...
Organization of the Federal Government Legislative Executive Judicial Senate & House President & VP Supreme Court AGENCIES...
“ Don’t Miss” #1 <ul><li>The U.S. Government Manual </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?co...
<ul><li>Created in 1861, the Government Printing Office (GPO)  publishes information produced by (and for) the federal gov...
Superintendent of Documents <ul><li>The Head of GPO (also called the  Public Printer ) selects the  Superintendent of Docu...
Organized by SuDocs Number Government information, whether in print or electronically, is organized by the governmental bo...
Example of a SuDocs Number  and how it works <ul><li>SuDoc numbers beginning with the letters  </li></ul><ul><li>A - T  us...
The exception to the rule… <ul><li>The letters X and Y, however, identify documents pertaining to Congress, such as hearin...
<ul><li>Because it is available electronically, it also has a PURL: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-11...
Congressional Hearings <ul><li>Testimony before committees and subcommittees in the U.S.Congress  </li></ul><ul><li>Can co...
Congressional Hearings <ul><li>Who testifies?  </li></ul><ul><li>Experts on a subject  </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbyists  </li><...
Three Branches of U.S. Government <ul><li>Legislative  (Congress) Laws are made… </li></ul><ul><li>Judicial  (Courts) Laws...
Legislative Branch -- Congressional <ul><li>Senate  http://www.senate.gov </li></ul><ul><li>House </li></ul><ul><li>http:/...
“ Don’t Miss” #2 <ul><li>Best (free) Search Site for Congressional Material: </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas   (Library of Congre...
Numbering of Bills & Laws <ul><li>Bills </li></ul><ul><li>What happens when passed? </li></ul><ul><li>Once passed, a bill ...
Numbering of Bills & Laws, summarized <ul><li>Bill numbers  (H.R.1, H.R.2, S.1, S.2) are  unique only to their Congress </...
U.S. Code <ul><li>Is a “compilation and codification of the federal law of the United States” </li></ul><ul><li>  “ Title ...
“ Don’t Miss” # 3 <ul><li>Many sites have the  U.S. Code . Here’s two: </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Code on FDsys </li></ul><ul>...
ACTS BY POPULAR NAME <ul><li>Available from numerous sites.  Here’s three of them: </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas </li></ul><ul>...
Congressional Record <ul><li>Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Published daily...
<ul><li>Very useful reports created  for   Congress . </li></ul><ul><li>Congress does not readily distribute.  </li></ul><...
<ul><li>http://opencrs.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/CRSR/browse/ </li></ul>Co...
Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress   CRS: R40168  Date:  2010-09-22 Creator:  Yacobucc...
Judicial  <ul><li>Our judicial system rests upon the notion of  stare decisis  -- “to stand by decisions”  </li></ul><ul><...
Judicial <ul><li>Supreme Court  – highest court in the Federal Judicial System </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.supremecourt....
Supreme Court Cases <ul><li>Cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court are collected in the  U.S. Reports: </li></ul><ul><li>...
“ Don’t Miss” #4 <ul><li>For freely available legal materials, at this time, some private sources can be easier to use tha...
Executive Branch <ul><li>The President produces information in a variety of ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Orders  </li...
Executive Orders <ul><li>http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html </li></ul>
(Weekly) Compilation of Presidential Documents  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CPD
Papers of the Presidents <ul><li>FDsys </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=...
The Departments/Agencies <ul><li>Agency web sites are helpful for contacts and current services of the agency </li></ul><u...
Department of Education
Many agencies do provide excellent standard titles electronically …
“ Don’t Miss” #5 <ul><li>Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>https://www.cfda.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>...
“ Don’t Miss” #6 <ul><li>CIA World Fact Book </li></ul><ul><li>https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook...
“ Don’t Miss” #7 <ul><li>SEC EDGAR </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Information about p...
“ Don’t Miss” #8 <ul><li>http://www.science.gov/browse/topiclist.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway to government science infor...
Statistics <ul><li>Statistical Abstract of the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Bureau of the Census  </li></ul><ul><li>( Ameri...
FedStats  http://www.fedstats.gov/
Don’t Miss #9 <ul><li>Statistical Abstract of the United States  http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ </li></ul>
The ‘Regulatory’ Environment <ul><li>Regulations are not law,  but they have the force of law. </li></ul><ul><li>Federal R...
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) <ul><li>The codification of the  </li></ul><ul><li>general and permanent  </li></ul><ul>...
Don’t let the word  “Code” throw you <ul><li>Yes, the U.S.  Code  is the law of the land, created by Congress </li></ul><u...
FDsys http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ formerly GPO Access <ul><li>What was……. </li></ul><ul><li>Is now……… </li></ul>
 
Tools – What to Use and When <ul><li>GPO Access, now  FDsys </li></ul><ul><li>USA.gov  (formerly FirstGov.gov) </li></ul><...
Tools – GPO Access, now FDsys <ul><li>Excellent for  known items  of relatively recent vintage (Congressional hearings go ...
Tools  USA.gov  or  Google U.S. Government Search?  <ul><li>Which to use?  It’s a bit of a wash. But let’s take a closer l...
Tools, cont.: USA.gov or  Google U.S. Govt. Search <ul><li>Both are helpful when you are doing a  topical   search </li></...
Tools, cont.– topic is  elder abuse <ul><li>USA.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Google U.S. Government </li></ul>
Tools, cont. – given a choice…….. <ul><li>USA.gov (at this time) has a cleaner interface, especially for ‘consumer’ -- rat...
Worldcat.org Helps us get stuff we don’t have  --  especially specific, older items not available electronically <ul><li>E...
Pulling It All Together <ul><li>I want to see the hearings and reports associated with the Challenger accident </li></ul><...
Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) <ul><li>There are more than 1,200 depository libraries in the United States and ...
Learning More/Getting Help <ul><li>1. Examine the “Don’t Miss” examples  </li></ul><ul><li>2. Examine quality library guid...
<ul><li>Contact info: </li></ul><ul><li>Bryna Coonin </li></ul><ul><li>Joyner Library </li></ul><ul><li>East Carolina Univ...
Tell Us What You Think <ul><li>Please use the link below to let us know what you thought of today’s presentation.  It will...
<ul><li>Title: Genealogy Using Government Information </li></ul><ul><li>Date: May 11, 12:00-1:00 </li></ul><ul><li>Present...
Upcoming Accidental Librarian Webinars <ul><li>May  11: Genealogy and Gov Info (Jane Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>June:  </li...
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    1. 1. <ul><li>Accidental Government Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian: </li></ul><ul><li>The Basics </li></ul><ul><li>North Carolina Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Government Resources Section </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2011 </li></ul>
    2. 2. I need to know more about government information! <ul><li>We are doing more with less (i.e. reassigning staff) </li></ul><ul><li>We do not have a gov docs expert on staff, or always available </li></ul><ul><li>More government information is available/visible than previously </li></ul>
    3. 3. What We’ll Cover <ul><li>The reference process and how </li></ul><ul><li>government information fits into it </li></ul><ul><li>Where government information comes </li></ul><ul><li>from </li></ul><ul><li>Freely-available tools to access government information </li></ul><ul><li>Learning more/Getting Help </li></ul>
    4. 4. Learning Outcomes <ul><li>By the end of this presentation you should have a better grasp of: </li></ul><ul><li>The structure of the Federal Government </li></ul><ul><li>The main types of publications produced </li></ul><ul><li>Some strategies for finding government information </li></ul><ul><li>How to learn more/get help </li></ul>
    5. 5. Reference is a process… govt info is just another set of resources <ul><li>Reference interview </li></ul><ul><li>Remain approachable </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify the question </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for locating information </li></ul><ul><li>Learning about the resources available to you is an ongoing activity </li></ul><ul><li>You will never remember them all </li></ul><ul><li>Topical or known item? </li></ul>
    6. 6. “ Topical” vs. “Known Item” <ul><li>“ Topical” </li></ul><ul><li>Queries that may benefit </li></ul><ul><li>from using government </li></ul><ul><li>information but you </li></ul><ul><li>have no specific items in </li></ul><ul><li>mind </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Elder abuse </li></ul><ul><li>“ Known Item” </li></ul><ul><li>Query is for a known item of government info </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Can I see the Senate hearings on the future of Guantanamo Bay? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Where does government information come from? <ul><li>The three branches of government , plus some additional independent agencies, commissions, and government corporations </li></ul><ul><li>For many years, government info was largely organized and distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) </li></ul>
    8. 8. What to expect when working with government information <ul><li>Broken links and re-directs </li></ul><ul><li>are fairly common… </li></ul><ul><li>Freely-available government web sites rarely provide a deep archive (at this time) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Organization of the Federal Government Legislative Executive Judicial Senate & House President & VP Supreme Court AGENCIES (Departments) Agriculture * Commerce * Defense * Education * Energy * Health * Homeland Security * Housing * Interior * Justice * Labor * State * Transportation * Treasury * Veterans INDEPENDENT AGENCIES CIA, EPA, Federal Election Commission, General Services, Small Business Administration, Social Security, etc. Constitution
    10. 10. “ Don’t Miss” #1 <ul><li>The U.S. Government Manual </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=GOVMAN </li></ul><ul><li>Official handbook of the Federal Govt. </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive information on the </li></ul><ul><li>3 branches, agencies, commissions, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes contacts, statement of purpose, </li></ul><ul><li>description of activities, brief history </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Created in 1861, the Government Printing Office (GPO) publishes information produced by (and for) the federal government </li></ul><ul><li>GPO -- the largest publisher in the world </li></ul>Government Printing Office (GPO)
    12. 12. Superintendent of Documents <ul><li>The Head of GPO (also called the Public Printer ) selects the Superintendent of Documents, whose job it is to disseminate the information GPO has produced. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Organized by SuDocs Number Government information, whether in print or electronically, is organized by the governmental body/agency that produces it. In our Dewey classification or LC classifications you can browse for items by call number and expect to find similar items grouped together within those numbers. Not so in the world of government information… The Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) number is the government information “call number.”
    14. 14. Example of a SuDocs Number and how it works <ul><li>SuDoc numbers beginning with the letters </li></ul><ul><li>A - T usually identify the executive dept. or </li></ul><ul><li>agency that  published the document. </li></ul><ul><li>So, A 93.11/2:2009 is a pub by the Dept. of Agriculture. </li></ul><ul><li>S 1.40/2:C 76/2/2010 is from the State Department </li></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul>
    15. 15. The exception to the rule… <ul><li>The letters X and Y, however, identify documents pertaining to Congress, such as hearings and reports.  An example is: </li></ul><ul><li>Y 4 .J 89/2:S.HRG.110-900 </li></ul><ul><li>Y4 denotes a Congressional hearing, in this case one on the legal rights of Guantanamo detainees </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Because it is available electronically, it also has a PURL: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-110shrg53355/pdf/CHRG-110shrg53355.pdf </li></ul>
    17. 17. Congressional Hearings <ul><li>Testimony before committees and subcommittees in the U.S.Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Can cover: </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Research for future legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Oversight of the Executive Branch </li></ul><ul><li>Nominations to high office </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriations </li></ul>
    18. 18. Congressional Hearings <ul><li>Who testifies? </li></ul><ul><li>Experts on a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbyists </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the Executive Branch </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the public </li></ul><ul><li>(…including movie stars) </li></ul><ul><li>Other Members of Congress </li></ul>
    19. 19. Three Branches of U.S. Government <ul><li>Legislative (Congress) Laws are made… </li></ul><ul><li>Judicial (Courts) Laws are broken… </li></ul><ul><li>Executive (The President, Agencies) </li></ul><ul><li>Laws are implemented and enforced… </li></ul>
    20. 20. Legislative Branch -- Congressional <ul><li>Senate http://www.senate.gov </li></ul><ul><li>House </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.house.gov </li></ul>
    21. 21. “ Don’t Miss” #2 <ul><li>Best (free) Search Site for Congressional Material: </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas (Library of Congress) http:// thomas.loc.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Text of bills, resolutions, bill summary and status, and roll call votes. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Numbering of Bills & Laws <ul><li>Bills </li></ul><ul><li>What happens when passed? </li></ul><ul><li>Once passed, a bill is assigned a Public Law number, P.L. 109 -358 </li></ul><ul><li>( 109 th Congress) </li></ul><ul><li>Then published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date it was enacted into law: 120 Stat.2047 </li></ul><ul><li>Both numbers remain unique for that law </li></ul><ul><li>Bill are numbered sequentially, as they are introduced: H.R.1, H.R.2, S.1, S.2, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The sequence begins again with the next Congress </li></ul><ul><li>The bill number is unique only through the sessions of the Congress in which it was introduced </li></ul>
    23. 23. Numbering of Bills & Laws, summarized <ul><li>Bill numbers (H.R.1, H.R.2, S.1, S.2) are unique only to their Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Each bill that becomes a law gets a Public Law number and a Statutes-at-Large number </li></ul><ul><li>Both Public Law and Statutes-at-Large numbers are unique to that law, and remain so, in perpetuity </li></ul>
    24. 24. U.S. Code <ul><li>Is a “compilation and codification of the federal law of the United States” </li></ul><ul><li> “ Title 18” </li></ul><ul><li>Example: 18 USC Sec. 2251 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Sexual exploitation of children” </li></ul>
    25. 25. “ Don’t Miss” # 3 <ul><li>Many sites have the U.S. Code . Here’s two: </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Code on FDsys </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionUScode.action?collectionCode=USCODE </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Code on Thomas: </li></ul><ul><li>http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml </li></ul>
    26. 26. ACTS BY POPULAR NAME <ul><li>Available from numerous sites. Here’s three of them: </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas </li></ul><ul><li>http://thomas.loc.gov / (under “Bills & Resolutions) </li></ul><ul><li>From the House of Representatives </li></ul><ul><li>http://uscode.house.gov/popularnames/popularnames.htm </li></ul><ul><li>From Cornell Law School </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/topn/ </li></ul>
    27. 27. Congressional Record <ul><li>Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Published daily when Congress is in session. </li></ul><ul><li>FDsys </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CREC </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas </li></ul><ul><li>http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php?&n=Record </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Very useful reports created for Congress . </li></ul><ul><li>Congress does not readily distribute. </li></ul><ul><li>So…………… </li></ul>Congressional Research Service
    29. 29. <ul><li>http://opencrs.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/CRSR/browse/ </li></ul>Congressional Research Service
    30. 30. Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles: Issues in Congress CRS: R40168 Date: 2010-09-22 Creator: Yacobucci, Brent D. Description: This report provides an overview of current issues surrounding alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles
    31. 31. Judicial <ul><li>Our judicial system rests upon the notion of stare decisis -- “to stand by decisions” </li></ul><ul><li>Judges are generally obliged to respect the precedents established by prior decisions </li></ul>
    32. 32. Judicial <ul><li>Supreme Court – highest court in the Federal Judicial System </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.supremecourt.gov/Default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Biographies of current justices </li></ul><ul><li>Opinions for the last 5 </li></ul><ul><li>years or so </li></ul>
    33. 33. Supreme Court Cases <ul><li>Cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court are collected in the U.S. Reports: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/opinions.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>A typical cite: </li></ul><ul><li>Baze v. Rees , 553 U.S. 35 (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Volume of the U.S. Reports Page on which case begins </li></ul>
    34. 34. “ Don’t Miss” #4 <ul><li>For freely available legal materials, at this time, some private sources can be easier to use than government pages: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.law.cornell.edu/federal/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. nolo .com/ </li></ul>
    35. 35. Executive Branch <ul><li>The President produces information in a variety of ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Orders </li></ul><ul><li>(Weekly) Compilation of Presidential Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Public Papers of the Presidents </li></ul>
    36. 36. Executive Orders <ul><li>http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html </li></ul>
    37. 37. (Weekly) Compilation of Presidential Documents http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CPD
    38. 38. Papers of the Presidents <ul><li>FDsys </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=PPP </li></ul><ul><li>American Presidency Project (UC Santa Barbara) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php </li></ul>
    39. 39. The Departments/Agencies <ul><li>Agency web sites are helpful for contacts and current services of the agency </li></ul><ul><li>But sometimes do not lead to the publications of the agency, beyond those of a consumer nature </li></ul>
    40. 40. Department of Education
    41. 41. Many agencies do provide excellent standard titles electronically …
    42. 42. “ Don’t Miss” #5 <ul><li>Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>https://www.cfda.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Outlook Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bls.gov/oco / </li></ul><ul><li>For hundreds of different types of jobs: </li></ul><ul><li>the training and education needed </li></ul><ul><li>earnings </li></ul><ul><li>expected job prospects </li></ul><ul><li>what workers do on the job </li></ul><ul><li>working conditions </li></ul>
    43. 43. “ Don’t Miss” #6 <ul><li>CIA World Fact Book </li></ul><ul><li>https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ </li></ul><ul><li>History, people, government, economy, geography, communications, time zones, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. </li></ul><ul><li>FBI Uniform Crime Reports </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr </li></ul><ul><li>Annual crime stats, law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, hate crimes </li></ul>
    44. 44. “ Don’t Miss” #7 <ul><li>SEC EDGAR </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Information about publicly-traded companies, foreign and domestic </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Report of the President </li></ul>
    45. 45. “ Don’t Miss” #8 <ul><li>http://www.science.gov/browse/topiclist.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway to government science information </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing over 45 databases and 200 million pages of science information </li></ul><ul><li>The National Map </li></ul><ul><li>http://nationalmap.gov/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>One of the cornerstones of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) </li></ul><ul><li>Science.gov </li></ul>
    46. 46. Statistics <ul><li>Statistical Abstract of the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Bureau of the Census </li></ul><ul><li>( American FactFinder ) </li></ul><ul><li>For NC folks, NC LINC is a ‘don’t miss.’ </li></ul><ul><li>http://linc.state.nc.us/ </li></ul>
    47. 47. FedStats http://www.fedstats.gov/
    48. 48. Don’t Miss #9 <ul><li>Statistical Abstract of the United States http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ </li></ul>
    49. 49. The ‘Regulatory’ Environment <ul><li>Regulations are not law, but they have the force of law. </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Register - official daily </li></ul><ul><li>publication for rules, </li></ul><ul><li>proposed rules, and notices </li></ul><ul><li>The Federal Register grows up to be….. </li></ul>
    50. 50. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) <ul><li>The codification of the </li></ul><ul><li>general and permanent </li></ul><ul><li>rules from the Federal </li></ul><ul><li>Register </li></ul>
    51. 51. Don’t let the word “Code” throw you <ul><li>Yes, the U.S. Code is the law of the land, created by Congress </li></ul><ul><li>The Code of Federal Regulations are the codified regulations of agencies (under the Executive Branch) </li></ul><ul><li>In North Carolina agency regulations are codified into the N.C. Administrative Code </li></ul>
    52. 52. FDsys http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ formerly GPO Access <ul><li>What was……. </li></ul><ul><li>Is now……… </li></ul>
    53. 54. Tools – What to Use and When <ul><li>GPO Access, now FDsys </li></ul><ul><li>USA.gov (formerly FirstGov.gov) </li></ul><ul><li>Google U.S. Government Search </li></ul><ul><li>(formerly Google UncleSam) </li></ul><ul><li>World Cat - OCLC Database </li></ul><ul><li>FedStats </li></ul>
    54. 55. Tools – GPO Access, now FDsys <ul><li>Excellent for known items of relatively recent vintage (Congressional hearings go back only to 1985/86, for example, and most other series only to the early 1990’s) </li></ul><ul><li>FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications </li></ul>
    55. 56. Tools USA.gov or Google U.S. Government Search? <ul><li>Which to use? It’s a bit of a wash. But let’s take a closer look. </li></ul><ul><li>Originally Google’s government search didn’t pick up government-related sites with .mil, .com, etc. (there are some important ones that are not .gov) but this is no longer the case </li></ul>
    56. 57. Tools, cont.: USA.gov or Google U.S. Govt. Search <ul><li>Both are helpful when you are doing a topical search </li></ul><ul><li>Both have an advanced search page available </li></ul><ul><li>Doing most topic searches produces similar results in each </li></ul>
    57. 58. Tools, cont.– topic is elder abuse <ul><li>USA.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Google U.S. Government </li></ul>
    58. 59. Tools, cont. – given a choice…….. <ul><li>USA.gov (at this time) has a cleaner interface, especially for ‘consumer’ -- rather than academic – information searches. </li></ul>
    59. 60. Worldcat.org Helps us get stuff we don’t have -- especially specific, older items not available electronically <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing before a subcommittee, Eighty-first Congress, second session, on H.R. 5210, a bill to amend the Act entitled &quot;An act to establish a department of medicine and surgery in the Veterans&quot; Administration,&quot; approved January 3, 1946, to provide for the use of qualified optometrists for out-patient eye care. July 19, 1950. United States. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans' Affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>United States. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans' Affairs. 1950 </li></ul><ul><li>English  Book iii, 1819-1835. p. 24 cm. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries worldwide that own item : a library that has cataloged this hearing as a book </li></ul><ul><li>GovDoc: Y 4.V 64/3:OP 7 -- a large library with a deep archive of uncataloged printed hearings can still locate this in their collection using just the SuDocs number </li></ul>
    60. 61. Pulling It All Together <ul><li>I want to see the hearings and reports associated with the Challenger accident </li></ul><ul><li>Who is my Senator and how has he/she been voting on major issues facing our country? </li></ul><ul><li>We hear a lot of about Roe v. Wade . I’d like to read the actual opinion of the Justices of the Supreme Court for this case. </li></ul><ul><li>How many Hispanics live in the U.S. and how many live in my state? </li></ul><ul><li>My neighbor’s husband passed away suddenly, leaving her with two young children. I’ve heard she can get help from Social Security. Is that true? </li></ul>
    61. 62. Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) <ul><li>There are more than 1,200 depository libraries in the United States and its territories. </li></ul><ul><li>In NC many of our large university and public libraries are ‘selective’ depositories. UNC-Chapel Hill is our ‘regional’ depository library. </li></ul><ul><li>Here you’ll find people who can help. </li></ul>
    62. 63. Learning More/Getting Help <ul><li>1. Examine the “Don’t Miss” examples </li></ul><ul><li>2. Examine quality library guides: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Browse Topics” </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.browsetopics.gov / </li></ul><ul><li>Federal websites organized by subject by Oklahoma State University. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Government Information on the Web’ </li></ul><ul><li>St. Mary's University’s Blume Library </li></ul><ul><li>http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib/doc/us/subjects/submain.htm#libs     </li></ul><ul><li>3. FDLP libraries can help </li></ul>
    63. 64. <ul><li>Contact info: </li></ul><ul><li>Bryna Coonin </li></ul><ul><li>Joyner Library </li></ul><ul><li>East Carolina University </li></ul><ul><li>Greenville, NC 27858 </li></ul><ul><li>Ph. (252) 328-0431 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: cooninb@ecu.edu </li></ul>
    64. 65. Tell Us What You Think <ul><li>Please use the link below to let us know what you thought of today’s presentation. It will help us as we prepare future sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCLAGRSTHEBASICS </li></ul>
    65. 66. <ul><li>Title: Genealogy Using Government Information </li></ul><ul><li>Date: May 11, 12:00-1:00 </li></ul><ul><li>Presenter: Jane Johnson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jane Johnson is a Librarian in the special collections area for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room houses genealogical materials, state and local government documents, maps and images. She began her library employment in 1996 and received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 1998. </li></ul></ul>Upcoming Accidental Librarian Webinars
    66. 67. Upcoming Accidental Librarian Webinars <ul><li>May 11: Genealogy and Gov Info (Jane Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>June: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Economic Census (Mary Scanlon) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The New American FactFinder (TBD) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>July: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Agency Databases (Daniel Cornwall) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Military and Dept of Defense Documents (David Durant) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>August: Legal research basics (Jennifer Behrens) </li></ul><ul><li>Brought to you by the North Carolina Library Association’s Government Resources Section. Join us! http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources </li></ul>
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