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U.S. Federal Government Information: A Basic Guide: General & Specialized Indexes

General Catalogs and Indexes

Specialized Indexes and Full Text Databases

Pre-1976 Publications

Many federal documents published before 1976 are not cataloged in the library's online catalog. Some exceptions are the U.S. executive branch documents, 1789-1909 microfiche collection and many serials.

Use the shelflist in the Government Documents department (3 West) to determine if a document published before 1976 is available in the library. The shelflist is organized by Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) call number only. 

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