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Political Science

This is guide is an introductory guide to Political Science research and resources..

How to Find Government Documents

Government Call Numbers

UNT Libraries is a Federal Repository. Our Government Documents are housed at Sycamore Library in Sycamore Hall and online. You can find government documents in the catalog by using the "Cataloged Books & More" tab. Follow the steps below or contact a librarian for help.

  1. Enter your search terms in the white box, and click on the "search" button.
  2. Then using the "Limit Your Search" on the left-hand side of your screen, scroll down to "Collections."
  3. Click on the drop-down carrot symbol to access our collection options.
  4. Click on "Government Documents."

If your item is a print resource, you can request to have the item put on hold for you, and you can request to have it ready at your preferred library location. If you want to browse the stacks at Sycamore, you will need to write down the SuDoc number. SuDoc numbers are the call numbers given to government documents--they are different from LOC call numbers that you see in your general collection. The first few letters are an abbreviation of the publishing agency. They contain many symbols. If you need help reading them to find your resources, please ask a librarian or the Sycamore help desk.

Online Versions of Government Documents

Did you know that a large percentage of government publications are available online? And it’s not just the new stuff, either.

Unfortunately, though, you can’t just limit your search to “electronic resources” if you’re looking for online government documents. Nor can you limit your material type to “ebooks” or “ejournals”.

To find an online version of a government document, you must do a regular catalog search as if you are looking for a paper book. 

Look for the “related content” button on the browse screen for your title. This signifies that there is a hyperlink of some sort in the record. 

 You’ll probably also notice that the paper book, paper map, and online versions of this title are all together on one record.  Due to the way government documents are issued, we’ve found that it’s easier for patrons to find all the parts and formats of a title if they are all included on the same record. Unfortunately, this also means that limiting searches to a particular format is not always productive.

So remember, if you’re looking for an online government document, don’t limit your search by format or material type.


US Federal Government Resources

International Government Resources

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