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Government Information: Accessing Tangible Documents at Alkek

Welcome to Alkek Library's Government Information unit. This guide was created to assist researchers who might use publications or resources published by the federal or state government.

Catalog Search for Government Documents

Patrons may search for government documents by using the library catalog and choosing Government Documents from the drop-down menu.


Requesting Retrieval of Government Documents

Patrons with NetIDs and passwords may request government documents to be pulled for them and held at the Checkout Desk or sent to the Round Rock Campus by searching for items in the library cataloging and clicking a button.

Request Gov Doc

Understanding Superintendent of Documents Call Numbers

Federal government documents 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 University of Texas at El Paso has created a fantastic SuDoc classification tutorial:

The Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification 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.

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
125 =
Book number

What is a SuDoc Number?

A SuDoc number is a call number assigned to a government publication. SuDoc is an abbreviation for Superintendent of Documents.