Since 1964, the Humboldt State University Library has been a member of the Federal Depository Library Program serving California's 2nd Congressional District. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).
The Library also serves as a depository for documents issued by the State of California.
These documents encompass a wide range of material, including legal, legislative, statistical data, books, reports, research studies, consumer guides, archival material, maps, etc., in electronic, print, and/or microform format.
This Research Guide is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all government documents at Humboldt State, rather it is meant to be a starting place for finding resources published by the U.S government that are available in print at HSU and online.
Not all government documents are cataloged and you may need to use the U.S. Documents Shelflist for pre-1998 documents. This shelflist is available as a card catalog on the second floor by the government documents. If a document is available in microfiche M or MICROFICHE is noted on the shelflist card. Paper copies are noted with a checkmark. In some cases the Library has both microfiche and paper. The catalog is organized by SuDoc Classification. For more information about SuDoc Classification check out the section "How Government Documents are Organized" below.
If you need further help, stop by the Research Help Desk (located on the 1st Floor by the Learning Center), Special Collections (3rd Floor), or ask a librarian today!
U.S. Government Documents are now located primarily on the 2nd Floor, north or in storage (Access can be requested at the Checkout Desk or through OneSearch).
|AE||National Archives and Records Administration|
|B||Broadcasting Board of Governors|
|CC||Federal Communications Commission|
|CR||Civil Rights Commission|
|EP||Environmental protection Agency|
|FA||Fine Arts Commission|
|FCA||Farm Credit Administration|
|FHF||Federal Housing Financing Board|
|FM||Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service|
|FMC||Federal Maritime Commission|
|FR||Federal Reserve System Board of Governors|
|FT||Federal Trade Commission|
|FTZ||Foreign-Trade Zones Board|
|GA||Government Accountability Office|
|GP||Government Printing Office|
|GS||General Services Administration|
|HE||Health and Human Services Department|
|HH||Housing and Urban Development Department|
|IC||Interstate Commerce Commission|
|ID||US Agency for International Development|
|ITC||International Trade Commission|
|LC||Library of Congress|
|LR||National Labor Relations Board|
|MS||Merit Systems Protection Board|
|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||United States Postal Service|
|PM||Personnel Management Office|
|PR||President of the United States|
|PREX||Executive Office of the President|
|PRVP||Vice President of the United States|
|RR||Railroad Retirement Board|
|SBA||Small Business Administration|
|SE||Securities and Exchange Commission|
|SSA||Social Security Administration|
|TDA||US Trade and Development Agency|
|VA||Veterans Affairs Department|
|X and Y||Congress|
WestLaw provides access to documentation for court cases, laws, regulations at the Federal and State levels.
For more information about the organization of the U.S. Government see the chart below. Visit USA.gov's page "About the Organization of the U.S. Government" to learn more about how laws are made, enforced, and interpreted/evaluated in the different branches.