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Sojourner Truth Library's guide to finding government information.
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Help from a Librarian

If you need further assistance from a librarian, there are several ways to get assistance.

You can talk with a librarian in person either by calling the reference desk (257-3710) or coming to the library. You may wish to check the library hours first. You may also ask a librarian online.

You can schedule an appointment in which you meet one-on-one with a librarian experienced in your subject by filling out a Research Consultation form.

Finally you can immediate help though AskUs 24/7, anytime day, night, weekend or holiday, by clicking on the button below. Please be aware, however, that the librarian assisting you may not be a librarian at SUNY New Paltz, so please be patient as they may be unaccustomed to navigating the resources at the Sojourner Truth Library.

Government Information @ New Paltz

The Sojourner Truth Library has been a selective federal depository library since 1965. Federal and New York State government publications in print can be found in the library by searching the online catalog.

Library Catalog Government Documents Search

To do a search like this on the library catalog:
Go to advanced search and in "More Collections" select "US Documents"


Print government documents may be found on the bottom floor of the library. Documents in microfiche format are located on the main (top) floor. If you have difficulty locating these materials, please ask a librarian at the reference desk for assistance.


    General Sources

    • Federal Digital System (Government Printing Office)
      GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, you can search for documents and publications as well as browseby collection, Congressional committee, date, and Government author.
    • Browse Topics
      Browse Topics is a resource designed to be the pathway to publicly-accessible government information. Maintained by volunteer librarians, Browse Topics helps the public locate data, conduct research, and learn about various government Web sites.
    • United States Government Manual
      Information on agencies of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. Also includes information on international organizations in which the United States participates, boards, commissions and committees. Also found in print from 1973/1974 to current in Compact Shelving JK421 .A3. Latest issue is behind the Reference Desk.
      A source for Federal and global government information administered by the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy.
    • FedWorld
      Created by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) which is an agency of the Department of Commerce. This is a good site for accessing government sources on scientific, techincal, engineering and business-related information.
    • The American Presidency Project
      Available from University of California-Santa Barbara, this website compiles and shares a vast number of digitalized Presidential documents.
    • Library of Congress
      Home Page of the library of Congress. Notably the American Memories section offers access to historical maps, movies, pictures and sound recordings that are viewable online.
    • Registry of U.S. Government Publication Digitization Projects
      Features 180 government digitization projects on a variety of topics. While many a focused on specific topics, such as Texas Soil Surveys, many others serve a broader audience, such as the Congressional Record (1989-1994) or Private and Public Laws (1989-1994).


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