Strategies For Finding Electronic Government Documents


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  • “ Government documents continue to migrate to electronic format. Kristina Bobe will update us on recent digitization initiatives of Hein Online and Lexis/Nexis to add backfiles of Congressional hearings and other content useful for answering student and faculty questions. Come learn about new and expanded access to government documents before you send someone to struggle with the microform machine or wait for a title from Riggs Library or Off-campus storage.” BRING TO CLASS Hearing – fiche – serial set volume – cd-rom – dvd – country reports on human rights practices – I wanted to teach this class because it has been a year since I taught 2 KU sessions on Gov Docs, and there have been some updates.
  • Strategies For Finding Electronic Government Documents

    1. 1. Strategies for Finding Electronic Government Documents Kristina Bobe [email_address] November 5, 2008 Keeping Up…
    2. 2. Overview of today’s session <ul><li>Updates on digitization initiatives: what’s complete, what’s still in progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LexisNexis Congressional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HeinOnline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALADIN e-GovDocs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digitization projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forthcoming releases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercises: practice your skills </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. It can be hard to find government documents…
    4. 4. LexisNexis Congressional <ul><li>Collections already available in full text: </li></ul><ul><li>CRS (Congressional Research Service) Reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1916-present </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Committee Prints & Misc. Publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1830-present </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Historical Serial Set + Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1789-1969 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>House & Senate Reports, Documents </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. LexisNexis Congressional <ul><li>Updated Digital Hearings: last year at this time, digitized back to the 1970’s </li></ul><ul><li>Now, for fall 2008: hearings are being digitized back to the 1800’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: citations only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not RefWorks compatible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scans vary in quality </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. LexisNexis Congressional <ul><li>‘Digital Collection’ means full text is available </li></ul>
    7. 7. GEORGE record for hearing GEORGE record shows microfiche holding for Vandenberg Resolution on the North Atlantic Treaty
    8. 11. Found that Defense Appropriations hearing…
    9. 12. HeinOnline – includes full text of… <ul><li>Code of Federal Regulations 1938-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Register 1936-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>American State Papers 1789-1828 </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1861-1976 </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 1789-2005 </li></ul>
    10. 13. HeinOnline <ul><li>The Big News: complete digitization of the Congressional Record </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annals of Congress (1789-1824) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register of Debates (1825-1837) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Congressional Globe (1833-1873) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Congressional Record (1873-2003) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Congressional Record Daily (1994-2008) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 16. Congressional Record November 15, 1918
    12. 17. HeinOnline cont’d <ul><li>Plus: Citation Navigator tool - accurate for known citations </li></ul><ul><li>Minus: Search leaves a LOT to be desired - can be long and unproductive </li></ul><ul><li>Not RefWorks compatible </li></ul>
    13. 18. Some people can be so demanding…
    14. 19. WRLC Government e-Docs <ul><li>Marcive 100% load </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents Without Shelves </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library listed as E-GovDoc </li></ul><ul><li>Location: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US GovPubs Online - Available to All </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus on recent documents (2000 and later) </li></ul>
    15. 20. WRLC Government e-Docs <ul><li>To search only E-GovDocs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on ‘More Limits’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select LOCATION ‘EGovDoc’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on ‘Set Limits’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search using keywords and retrieve only electronic Gov Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GPO titles: no authentication required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most useful for subject areas where our collection is not strong </li></ul></ul>
    16. 22. Internet Archive <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Search on ‘government documents’ </li></ul><ul><li>Collection is continually growing; multiple contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Good internal search </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to be a major archive of full text government documents </li></ul>
    17. 24. Registry of Digitization Projects http:// /
    18. 25. Google U.S. Government Limits results to .gov, .mil, .us internet domains
    19. 26. MARC Records for Serial Set <ul><li>283,529 MARC records will be 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>Full text and coming soon! </li></ul>
    20. 30. MARC Records for Digital Hearings <ul><li>As soon as they are available: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MARC Records will be loaded for the Digital Hearings collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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>
    21. 31. Time for exercises … Any questions?