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Government Documents: Finding Aids

This guide to Government Documents at Fordham is intended to provide you with information about accessing government documents and to help you find governmental resources useful in your research.

Sudoc Call Number System

Here is an outline of the Sudocs Call Number System:

A    Agriculture

AE  National Archives 

B    Broadcasting Board of Governors

C    Commerce

CC   Federal Communications Commission

CR   Civil Rights Commission

D     Defense

E     Energy

ED   Education 

EP   Environmental Protection Agency

FA   Fine Arts Commission

FCA  Farm Credit Administration

FHF  Federal Housing Financing    

FM    Federal Mediation and Conciliation

FMC  Federal Maritime Commission

FR     Federal Reserve System

FT     Federal Trade Commission

FTZ  Foreign-Trade Zones Board

GA   Government Accountability Office

GP   Government Printing Office

GS   General Services 

HE   Health & Human Services 

HH   Housing & Urban Dev.

HS   Homeland Security

I      Interior 

ID   US Agency for International Development

ITC  International Trade Commission

J     Justice

JU   Judiciary

L     Labor

LC   Library of Congress

LR    National Labor Relations

MS   Merit Systems Protection

NAS  National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NC   National Capital Planning Commission

NCU  National Credit Union Administration

NF    National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities

NMB  National Mediation Board

NS    National Science Foundation

OP    Overseas Private Investment Corporation

P     Postal Service

PE    Peace Corps

PM    Personnel Management Office

PR   Presidency

PREX Exec. Office of President

PRVP Vice President of the United States

RR    Railroad Retiremenet Board

S     State

SBA  Small Business Administration

SE   Small Business Administration

SI    Smithsonian

SSA  Social Security

T     Treasury 

TD    Transportation

TDA  U.S. Trade and Development Agency

VA    Veterans Affairs Department

X     Congress 

Y     Congress

CRS Reports


GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) is an advanced digital system that will enable GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government.

FDsys is available as a public beta during migration of information from GPO Access. The migration of information from GPO Access into FDsys will be complete in 2010, until this time GPO Access will contain all content.

Federal Legislative History

Catalog of Government Publications

The Catalog of Government Publications (CGP) is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.

Fordham Library Catalog

Search catalog for books, ebooks, periodicals, government documents, videos, maps etc. held by Fordham at all campuses.

Metlib Search

Historical Bibliographies

 Descriptive Catalogue if the Government Publications of the United States, September 5, 1774-March 4, 1881 - first comprehensive bibliography for government publications not published until 1885. Under the leadership of Benjamin Poore.

Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government, 1881-1893 - John Griffith Ames is responsible for thispublication that arranges materials alphabetically and includes an index. 

Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789 - 1909 - another useful publication from Ames that useful for examining the scope of a particular agency's publishing from its establishment to 1909.

Reference & Instruction Department

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