Government Publications


Dr. Todd Gilman
Course Description
Study of city, state, and especially U.S. federal documents with some attention to those of selected international agencies. Problems of availability and of the acquisition, organization, and use of such collections--historical and current--in various types of libraries and in various formats including print and electronic.

Course Objectives

Become familiar with the characteristics and uses of government publications.

  1. Locate and critically evaluate the primary and secondary sources in government publications.
  2. Develop a strategy for presenting information contained in government publications to a specific group of users.
  3. Identify the organization and characteristics of the various types of information and resources that comprise government documents.
  4. Understand the range of problems and questions in the field and the most effective processes and strategies for addressing them.
Joe Morehead, Introduction to United States Government Information Sources, 6th ed. (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1999).

Judith Schiek Robinson, Tapping the Government Grapevine, 3rd ed. (Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1998).

Jean L. Sears and Marilyn K. Moody. Using Government Information Sources: Electronic and Print, 3rd ed. (Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 2001).

Peter Hernon, et al., U.S. Government on the Web, 2nd ed. (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2001).


Bill Tracing Investigation

Application of Concepts

Pamela R. Dennis