Frequently Asked Questions
How do I locate government information?
- Use the search forms on the Gov Info home page.
- Use our Statistical Guides to browse our recommended sources.
- Ask a staff member at the Information Desk on the first floor or use the Here to help! tab.
How do I request a document that UCO does not own?
If a document cannot be found in our collection, you or a staff member may use Interlibrary Loan to request it from another library. Ask a staff member at the Information Desk on the first floor or use the Here to help! tab for help placing your request.
How do I read a SuDoc number?
Government Information is classified using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) system. Michigan State University has a SuDoc Basics guide to help you learn how to use it. Or you may ask a staff member to help you find something on the shelf. Since many documents are only a few pages, finding something on the shelf can be difficult.
May I borrow government information documents?
Most paper documents may be borrowed with a UCO ID Card. Government documents less than 15 pages, published before 1945, in poor condition or fragile, and journals do not circulate.
How do I cite government information?
Resources to help cite government information:
Examples of the different style guides: