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Government Information And You



Created for Reference intern training on government information and government documents.

Created for Reference intern training on government information and government documents.



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  • State or county board of elections
  • WHO
  • CDC
  • Institutional research
  • Dept of justice, bureau of justice statistics
  • Dept of State, Background Notes
  • International Crisis Group
  • NC dept of environment and natural resources, division of coastal management

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  • 1. Government Information and You Reference Intern Training Lynda M. Kellam
  • 2. Steps to finding a government document:1. If a student comes up to you with a title and/or SUDOC #, always re-check it in the catalog.2. If they have a SUDOC # and no title, use the Call # Search.3. If you still can’t find it, try to replicate their search to re- find it.
  • 3. Steps to finding a government document:4. Look at the catalog record.  Is the item available online?  Is it on microfiche or microform?  Is it a NC document or a US document?  Note the size of the item (in the Description section).  And make sure you write down the number correctly!5. If you still can’t find it ...  If you can’t find an item that is supposed to be in the gov doc stacks, check the microfiche (and vice versa).  If it’s a large item, check the oversize section.  If all fails, check the shelflist to see clues to its location (for the truly ambitious).  And if you’re still stumped, ask Susan or Lynda for help!
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  • 10. Government Information Brainstorming
  • 11. Levels of Government Local State Federal International Organizations aka Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)  Formed by governments (e.g., the United Nations) and have legal personality by virtue of a treaty  Can be universal (UN), regional (EU), or subregional (Benelux) Non-governmental Organizations  Can be international, national, or local
  • 12. Government Information Pop Quiz
  • 13. Where can I find informationabout my polling place?
  • 14. I needinformation on malaria in Ghana.
  • 15. I’m looking for statistics on cancer in theUnited States.
  • 16. How many students atUNCG live on- campus?
  • 17. I’m trying to finddemographic info on the US federal prison population.
  • 18. I’m working on a paper for my international relations class, and Ineed some introductory info on U.S. foreign relations with India.
  • 19. I’m in a conflictresolution class and I need to find reports on Africa and stability of its regions.
  • 20. I’m trying to findinfo on wetlands inNorth Carolina. Do you know where I could start?