Finding Government Information
information affects our lives in many ways. Health and safety issues,
education, transportation, career choices, business and economic development,
and environmental issues are just a few of the many areas in which government
information can be useful.
Since Maag Library and the Public Library
are very different in terms of how their collections are arranged, refer
to the sections below for assistance in navigating through the information-seeking
Finding government information has never been easier! There are thousands of official government agency web sites on the Internet. Many agencies now publish reports directly to the Internet and no longer issue reports in print.
This information is free and accessible to the public. An Internet connection is required. Both depository libraries provide Internet access.
Due to the vast amount of information available on the Internet, it is recommended that you begin your search with a search engine that looks for information only on government web sites. Some suggestions:
|FDsys (Federal Digital System) (a search engine for government publications)|
|BrowseTopics.gov (key agency web sites grouped by topics; sponsored by the Government Printing Office)|
|USA.gov (a new service provided by the government for one-stop web information access)|
Maag Library's Government Documents Collection
Welcome to the world of government documents! Government publications can be a valuable resource for papers and research projects. They are timely, authoritative, and diverse--covering topics from business, energy, drug abuse, education and civil rights, to many other political, scientific, and social areas of study. Documents are published in ALL shapes and sizes as well as in a variety of formats--print, microfiche and electronic (CD-ROM and Internet).
Documents from the following departments
and/or agencies are collected most heavily:
Our collection is located on the sixth floor and consists of over 300,000 documents in print, microfiche or CD-ROM. Maag Library is also a depository for selected Ohio documents. Public access is available to the latest information on the Internet such as federal regulations and census data.
Finding older documents (those published prior to 1976) involves using print indexes such as the Monthly Catalog. Our print holdings begin with 1948. The Monthly Catalog is shelved in the Historical Research section of Government Documents. This section is located after the Hearings (Y 4's). For a complete listing of Maag's research resources, consult Finding Older (pre-1976) Documents.
The Monthly Catalog is also available in an electronic version:
Finding Documents on the Shelf
Helpful overviews of the SuDoc system:
An actual SuDoc number may look something like this:
L = Department of Labor
L 2. = Bureau of Labor Statistics
L 2.44: = Compensation and Working Conditions
L 2.44:46/3 = Volume 46, issue no.
Compensation and Working Conditions, a series
Resource lists for agency designations:
Govt Docs J 29.9/2:993 Criminal
Victimization in the United States 1993
Micro Docs A 93.21:1848 Estimating
the Opportunity Cost of Unpaid Farm Labor
Maag Library receives a variety of publications from state agencies such as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
All of these documents are shelved at the very beginning of the collection on the 6th floor. Ohio documents use a classification system beginning with O. For example, OH is the designation for the Ohio Department of Health; OHS is Ohio Department of Human Services.
Many, but not all, Ohio documents are cataloged and can be found by searching MaagNet. Most Ohio agencies are also publishing documents full text on their web sites.
For more information, consult Finding Ohio Documents. Another helpful source is the Cumulative List of Ohio Publications issued by the Documents Department of the State Library. A good place to begin is with the listing of departments and agencies on the State of Ohio web site.
The collection is open for use during all Maag Library hours which includes Saturdays from 9:00 - 5:00 and Sundays from 1:00 - 9:00 during the regular academic sessions. For current information regarding hours, see Maag's hours.
The documents librarian is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 5:00. Contact Jan Schnall (330-742-3126) for more information.
The collection is open for use by all residents of the 17th Congressional District, but borrowing material is limited to patrons who qualify for a library card or a Friends of Maag Library card. Reference materials, such as Census data, must be used in the library. The circulation policy of the Government Documents department reflects the general circulation policies of Maag Library.
Information at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County seeks to educate the citizens of the 17th Congressional District, especially the residents of Mahoning County. Government documents provide part of the materials which the Public Library offers, including documents on health, the census, criminal justice, and government.