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Government Documents, Information, and Sources: GovDocs at the MLC

A guide to finding and access information produced and published the United States Federal Government Printing Office or other federal and state agencies at OBU and online.

Oklahoma Government Information

Oklahoma State Government Information Server Links to nearly every Oklahoma State Agency and branch. The Employment Security Commission maintains Oklahoma Job Net, which can be accessed from this site.

Excellent way to locate Oklahoma Information! Annotated list produced by Oklahoma State Agencies listed by the producing agency.

Oklahoma Department of Libraries ODL is the official state library of Oklahoma, and is a Regional Depository for Federal and State documents. This site contains ODL publications and program information.

Basic Information

The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. Books, maps, posters, brochures, periodicals--all sorts of materials make up the documents collection in the Mabee Learning Center. But locating a specific document in the library is not always easy. 

FEDERAL DEPOSITORY PUBLICATIONS COME IN ALL FORMATS 

While many Federal Depository Publications are available online, other documents continue to be issued in a tangible format. Some are paper, others are issued in microfiche (found on the north wall of the Periodical Room), on CD-ROM (on the north wall of the Documents Room) and on DVD and videotape (also on the north wall of the Documents Room). Maps and posters may be in binders, or in the Map Cabinets on the north wall of the Periodical Room. One of the easier ways to locate documents, either online or in tangible format is through the library (MLC) catalog. 

NOT ALL FEDERAL DEPOSITORY PUBLICATIONS HAVE BEEN CATALOGED 

We are currently in the process of adding all of our Federal Depository Publications to the Library Catalog. The prefix DOC in the library catalog means that an item can be found in the Documents Collection. 

FEDERAL DEPOSITORY PUBLICATIONS ARE LOCATED IN THE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS ROOM

Federal Depository Publications are shelved in the Government Documents Room. Along with printed publications, some braille documents, CD/DVD, and other media can be found in the Government Documents Room.

FEDERAL DEPOSITORY PUBLICATIONS HAVE THEIR OWN CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM 

Instead of being arranged on the shelves by subject, Federal Depository Publications are organized by agency. All Federal Depository Publications issued by the Department of Commerce are shelved together, no matter what their topic. Information about poverty may be under L (Labor), HE (Health), ED (Education), Y (Congress)--or somewhere else. If you're looking for a specific Federal Depository Publication, be sure to copy the entire classification number--there may be many items with similar numbers. 

MANY FEDERAL DEPOSITORY PUBLICATIONS MAY BE CHECKED OUT 

Any Federal Depository Publications which is not stamped “DO NOT CIRCULATE” may be checked out. Requests for special short-term check-out of materials that do not normally circulate will be accommodated whenever possible. Ask at the Library Hub. 

INTERLIBRARY LOAN 

MLC is a Selective Depository--we receive approximately fifteen percent of the Federal Depository Publications distributed by the United States Government. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (
Oklahoma City),http://libraries.ok.gov/us-gov/, and Oklahoma State University (Stillwater),http://library.okstate.edu/about/locations/departments/special-collections/government-documents/ are Regional Depositories. They receive and keep all federal documents, as well as many Oklahoma State documents. Most items which we do not regularly receive may be obtained from a near-by library using Interlibrary Loan. Fill out an ILL request, or contact the Denise Jett, Interlibrary Loan Librarian. 

ASK FOR HELP 

The Documents Department is staffed week-days from 8 am to 5 pm, or call 405-585-4524. After hours and on week-ends, the on-duty Librarian can help with searches involving documents. We'll be glad to help you find what you need--just ask. 



For information, contact the serials/government documents assistant, Stephannie Davis, at 405-585-4524 or 
 stephannie.davis@okbu.edu


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