University Libraries at Texas State University has tangible government documents located at the Alkek Library and at the Archives and Research Center. This page explains how to access documents located at the Alkek Library.
Print Government Documents, other than maps, are located on the 4th floor in compact shelving:
Please feel free to contact the Checkout Desk or Ask Alkek staff for assistance.
Federal government documents located in the Alkek Library are organized by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification scheme, not by the Library of Congress call numbers used in the rest of the library.
The Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system is an alphanumeric classification system for U.S. federal publications. This system classifies each document by an institutional author (Congress or a government department or agency), rather than by subject. In other words, it is organized by who created the document.
A SuDoc number consists of two major parts divided by a colon (:). The first part, the stem, identifies the government department or agency that issued the publication. The second part, after the colon, is a book number that is specific to that document.
The following example for SuDoc number I 29.9/5: 125 illustrates this system.
|I||=||Department (Department of the Interior)|
|29||=||Agency (National Parks)|
|9||=||Type of publication (type of document, e.g. an annual report, newsletter, bibliography, etc.)|
|5||=||More information about the type of publication|
The University of Texas at El Paso has created a fantastic tutorial regarding SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) classification scheme.
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