The Superintendant of Documents Classification System
Government Publications are cataloged in the library catalog and are classed according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) Classification System. The SuDocs call number system is based on the names of the issuing federal department. See the following charts and images for explanations of the sudoc number structure.The SUDOC number is also a shelf number and is how documents are arranged in the library stack
National Park Service
Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Library of Congress
General Accounting Office
National Aeronautics & Space Admin.
Heath and Human Services Department
Executive Office of the President
U.S. Geological Survey
An Example of the SuDoc Number structure (from Boston College)
Location of Government Documents in Adams
The bulk of the government publications collection at Adams Library is shelved on the 2nd floor (the quiet study area) however, many government documents have also been added to the Library's general collections. These documents are assigned standard call numbers appropriate to their subjects and to the collections in which they are found. The titles below are examples of documents shelved in other areas.
Most government publications these days are also electronic. There will usually be a link within the library catalog record to the online version. Click on the titles below to view the HELIN record which shows the call number for the print and a "View Online" link.