About the Department
As part of the Federal Depository Library Program, the Government Documents Department at the Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library is dedicated to serving the needs of library users at the University of West Georgia by collecting and organizing government information products and providing access, instruction, and assistance in the use of these products.
Who Creates Federal Government Documents?
- Executive Branch (The President)
- Legislative Branch (Congress)
- Judicial Branch (The US Supreme Court)
- Federal Departments & Agencies
Don't know where to start looking? Take a look at our "Getting Started" section, below.
Follow that Bird
The eagle logo above represents the Federal Depository Library Program. Libraries participating in the program receive copies of U.S. Government documents and publications at no cost from the Government Publishing Office. UWG's Ingram Library is a Selective Depository, meaning that we receive some, but not all documents and publications made available. For more information about what types of government documents are selected at Ingram Library, please read our Collection Policy under the "Mission and Policies" tab.
How are Government Documents Arranged?
Federal Government publications in our collection are arranged by Superintendent of Documents classification number (SuDocs). Where possible, publications are grouped together by issuing agency (Microfiche and Maps are shelved separately). Therefore, it is helpful to know the issuing agency when searching for U.S. Government documents that may be on our shelves. In SuDocs classification, call numbers are arranged as follows:
PrEx 2.8: 2017
The SuDocs call number above (PrEx 2.8:2017) is for The Budget of the US Government (2017), which is also available online. The first part of the call number represents the issuing agency, the Executive Office of the President. The second part of the call number represents the subordinate bureau within the agency, the Office of Management and Budget. The third component of the call number designates the title of the publication. The final piece of the call number is the year of the publication (in this case, the publication is current for fiscal year 2017).
Where to Start
The following resources can be a good place to begin your search.
The official web portal to the United States Government.
An online database that provides free access to official publications from all three branches of the United States government.
A user-friendly site to quickly find population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
The Charters of Freedom at the National Archives
Explore the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights at this National Archives website.
U.S. Info Sources
Websites and Online Resources
The White House
The official gateway to information relating to the President, the Vice President, the Cabinet, and other executive offices.
The Executive Office of the President
Consists of various agencies that function to serve the interests and goals of the President.
The Federal Register
The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
The official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature are made available.
Code of Federal Regulations
The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
Code of Federal Regulations (Documents Reference: AE 2.106/3: )
The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Also available online.
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (Documents Stacks: AE 2.114: )
The official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature are made available. Years 1991— available online.
Websites and Online Resources
How Our Laws Are Made
Electronic version of a brochure produced by Congress to explain the steps involved in creating legislation.
United States Senate
The official website of the U.S. Senate includes information on members, committees, and more.
United States House of Representatives
The official House website contains information about Representatives, committees, text of the US Code and slip laws.
Contains text of bills from current and previous Congresses. Also has vote information, legislative histories, the Congressional Record, and more.
U.S. Congress Conference Reports
Contains the full text of conference reports from current and past Congressional sessions. (A conference report is an agreement on legislation that is negotiated between the House and Senate via conference committees. It is printed and submitted to each chamber for its consideration, such as approval or disapproval.)
Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
Search for biographies of Senators and Representatives.
Virtual Reference Desk of the U.S. Senate
A clearinghouse of Senate information on the Web and guides to resources in libraries and archives.
Databases provided by UWG
A comprehensive web-based resource for congressional hearings, public issues, legislation, history, and legal research.
Readex U.S. Congressional Serial Set
The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitute a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history.
Congressional Record (Documents Stacks: X 1.1: )
Bound volumes of the official record of proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Years 1994— also available online.
Statutes at Large (Documents Reference AE 2.111: )
The permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. Years 1951-2011 also available online
U.S. Code (Documents Reference: Y 1.2/5: )
The official codification of U.S. Law, published every six years. Simple text versions of 1994 and 2000 editions available online.
Websites and Online Resources
Supreme Court of the United States
The official site for the Supreme Court, containing case information, including decisions.
The Federal Judiciary
Information regarding the components of the Federal Judicial System: the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.
Databases Provided by UWG
CQ Supreme Court Collection
Blends historical analysis with timely updates and expert commentary of Supreme Court decisions, biographies of Supreme Court justices, Supreme Court institutional history, and the U.S. Constitution.
United States Reports (Documents Stacks: JU 6.8: )
Contain the final, official opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States. Years 1991— available online.
The Tax Court of the United States Reports (Documents Stacks: JU 11.7: )
Published opinions of the United States Tax Court that deal with important issues.
Websites and Online Resources
Department of Agriculture
The official website for the Department of Agriculture.
Department of Commerce
The official website for the Department of Commerce.
Department of Defense
The official website for the Department of Defense.
Department of Justice
The official website for the Department of Justice.
Department of State
The official website for the Department of State.
A–Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
An exhaustive list of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, with official website links.
Foreign Relations of the United States (Documents Stacks: S 1.1: )
The official historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Also available online.
Philosophy and Goals
The Map Collection at Ingram Library is provided and maintained to support the University of West Georgia curriculum. The collection is intended to be a resource for the academic programs at UWG, as well as for research and study by members of the UWG community. Local and regional community members also have access to this collection. By preserving, making available, instructing, and assisting the campus community and the public in the use of maps, department staff contributes to cartographic education and ensures the preservation of the map collection for future generations.
The primary selection responsibility for the Map Collection lies with the Documents Associate.
Maps Contained in the Collection
Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Maps
The largest part of our map collection consists of maps acquired through the FDLP. These are primarily United States Geological Survey (USGS) Topographic maps and State Highway Maps, which are housed in map cabinets by state and area. The library also receives other maps through the FDLP, including maps from agencies such as the CIA and the Census Bureau, and these maps may be housed with the regular Documents Collection.
Other United States Maps
Ingram Library also receives maps from other sources such as National Geographic. These maps may also be housed in the map cabinets arranged by Library of Congress Classification.
We have a limited collection of foreign maps, which are found in the map cabinets arranged by Library of Congress Classification.
A small collection of atlases are kept in atlas stands in the map area and in the reference area. These include historical atlases, general U.S. atlases, and limited other national and thematic atlases.
English language materials are primarily collected, but other languages may also be considered and are sometimes the only choice.
Although a small number of Georgia and Alabama maps continue to be maintained in the traditional paper format, the newest topographic maps are available only as PDFs through The National Map (TNM), an official website of the United States Geological Survey.
Historic maps are also available as PDFs through TNM; however, ArcGIS maintains a more dynamic webpage that allows users to overlay topographic maps in order to view changes to a partiuclar area over time.
Geographical gazetteers, map indexes, map use manuals, cartobibliographies, dictionaries, glossaries, map dealers' catalogs, books and periodicals on map librarianship, and other reference works directly related to the map collection and its management and preservation may be acquired.
This collection development policy will be reviewed at least yearly and amended as considered necessary by the Documents Associate. Changes in the FDLP, as well as changes in programs at UWG and the needs of the UWG community, will be reflected in any revisions to this policy.
Last Revision Date: 8 August 2017
Mission and Policies
The Government Documents Department is dedicated to serving the needs of its patrons by collecting and organizing government information products and providing access, instruction, and assistance in the use of these products.
General Purpose and User Community
Ingram Library has been a selective depository for federal documents since 1962, serving the Third Congressional District of Georgia in accordance with the Legal Requirements and Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program. The purpose of the depository is to collect, organize, and provide access to U.S. Government publications in support of the current and anticipated instructional, research, and service programs of the University of West Georgia.
Thomas M. Waters
Government Documents Associate