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How to Find a Government Publication: Post-1976

This is a guide on how to identify publications of the United States government and how to locate them at the Robert L. Carothers Library & Learning Commons in Kingston.

Government Publications published after 1976

To find a government publication that has been published after 1976, first search the library catalog.

If it's listed, look at the call number and if it's a SuDoc number, use that number to find it on the shelf.  If you need help in using SuDoc numbers,  follow the information in the "How to Read a SuDoc Number" tab.

If the call number is a Library of Congress number and you need help finding it, follow the Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers guide.

The University Library is currently in the process of cataloging all its government publications issued after 1976 so not everything is listed in the library catalog.  If you do not find your title in the library catalog, consult the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.  This database is a catalog of all government publications publsihed since 1976.  Following the directions on the screen, find the record of the desired government publication. Copy down the SuDoc number and use this number to find it on the shelf. If you don't find it on the shelf, consult the shelflist card catalog located in the Government Publications reading area or ask for help in the Government Publications Office.

A list of book stack numbers and the SuDoc numbers shelved on each can be found in various locations in the Government Publications Area.

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