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U.S. Government Information: Changes in 2009


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U.S. Government Information: Changes in 2009

  1. 1. Kristina Bobe [email_address] November 5, 2009 Keeping Up…
  2. 2. <ul><li>New Government Documents web page </li></ul><ul><li>New or updated research guides </li></ul><ul><li>GEORGE catalog changes </li></ul><ul><li>CD-Roms: weeding, location, circulation </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis Congressional: new resources </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline: new resources </li></ul><ul><li>FBIS database </li></ul><ul><li>GPO’s Fdsys: expanded collections </li></ul>
  3. 3. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
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  5. 5. <ul><li>Home > Resources by Subject > Government, Law, Politics, & International Affairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Declassified Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government & Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislation (updated in 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presidency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tip : check Legislation guide for our access to Bills , Hearings , Laws and Statutes </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Change for congressional publications: location not limited to LAU Gov Docs Stx </li></ul><ul><li>One document, multiple locations </li></ul><ul><li>Drawback: if you limit your search to ‘LAU Gov Docs Dept’ in GEORGE you could miss many newer government documents </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : don’t limit your location! Search on keywords or subject headings so that you don’t miss relevant results OR for expert searchers, browse or search by SuDoc # </li></ul>
  7. 7. Same publications, different locations
  8. 8. Same publication, but 3 entries and available in 3 formats
  9. 9. In Gov Docs Stacks: CR 1.2: R 27/4 In Reserves: CR 1.2: R 27/4/CD Online:
  10. 10. <ul><li>Pre-2009: CD-Roms housed in locked cabinets in Government Documents area </li></ul><ul><li>Now: CD-Roms housed in cabinets in Access Services </li></ul><ul><li>Location: LAU GovDocs CD to LAU Reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Call Number: SuDoc </li></ul><ul><li>Loan Period: 3 days </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : think of this collection when students or faculty ask about data sets </li></ul>
  11. 11. Chucho salva el dia An environmentally friendly dog that speaks Spanish (Not available online)
  12. 12. <ul><li>283,529 MARC records loaded into GEORGE from the LexisNexis Congressional Serial Set </li></ul><ul><li>Documents from 1789-1969 </li></ul><ul><li>Included with our LN subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Annual reports, House and Senate documents and reports, more here… </li></ul><ul><li>Load is almost complete </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : search on a keyword combined with ‘serial set’, limit to E-BOOKS material type </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Full text documents from the Serial Set for those decades now available </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : go to the ‘ Search By Number ’ tab for Senate Documents, Treaty Documents, Reports, Executive Reports, and House Documents and Reports, i.e. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H.doc.96-369, S.Rpt. 96-926, H.Rpt. 96-857 </li></ul></ul>
  14. 18. Congressional Record – full text LexisNexis Congressional database
  15. 20. And find is so much better than search…
  16. 21. <ul><li>MARC records are being loaded for the Digital Hearings Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Like the Congressional Serial Set, MARC records are included with our LN subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Link to full text of hearing </li></ul><ul><li>As with other subscription-based sources, will require authentication from off-campus from to view </li></ul>
  17. 24. <ul><li>Code of Federal Regulations 1938-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Register 1936-2009 (includes U.S. Government Manual, 1935-2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1861-1976 </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. of State Bulletin (1939-1989, Dispatch (1990-1999) </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Federal Agency Library </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Presidential Library </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Statutes at Large 1789-2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : now search by Public Law number! </li></ul>
  18. 25. <ul><li>Taxation & Economic Reform in America: A Historical Archive, 1781-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“ search across tax regulations, laws, and hundreds of legislative histories dating back to the late 1700s! With this new collection, you will have access to more than 900 volumes and 900,000 pages of legislative history material” </li></ul><ul><li>Collection is not static: will be updated with new publications </li></ul>
  19. 26. <ul><li>RefWorks compatible, but ONLY for law review journal citations </li></ul><ul><li>MyHein allows saved data like searches and bookmarks </li></ul>
  20. 27. Legislative history of the ‘Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008’ (6 volumes)
  21. 28. <ul><li>Government publication: translations (into English) of foreign news coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Search by document type (excerpts, speeches, interviews) </li></ul><ul><li>Search by geographic region or browse events </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : look in this database for international views of political events , i.e., the international news coverage of the Lockerbie Bombing, Pan Am flight 103 </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : try variant spellings of names </li></ul>
  22. 30. And finally… A free, centralized source you can trust for government information…
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  24. 33. <ul><li>Exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>