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HIST 3190: The American Indian in History: Government Documents

Guide to library resources--books, journals, newspapers, websites, government information--for the History 3190 class.

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Finding Documents in the Library

With the exception of some periodical titles, federal publications are arranged on the shelf by an alphanumeric system called the Superintendent of Documents Classification Scheme (SuDocs).

Letters stand for the publishing agency, for instance

A for Agriculture
C for Commerce
L for Labor
Pr for President
and so forth

The numbers on the top line of the call number file differently than the Dewey or LC collections. The number following the period is a whole number NOT A DECIMAL.

C 3.9 .nine files before
C 3.44 .forty-four, which files before
C 3.223 .two hundred-twenty-three

Useful Databases & Internet Sites

Useful Print Indexes

Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publicationis 1900-1971
MAIN GOV DOCS INDEXES Z 1223 .A 1973x v.1-15

Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents 1789-1976
MAIN GOV DOCS INDEXES Z 1223 .Z7L47J83 v.1-16

Index to U.S. Government Periodicals, 1975 - 1987
GOV DOCS REF Z 1233 .Z915

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, 1895 - 1976