A government publication is published by and for the U. S. government. It is written by government officials. It can be a book, a magazine or journal, a brochure, a map and more. The format of the publication can be tangible - paper, microfiche, DVD, but the information can also be electronic - digitized and freely accessible on the Internet. There are many types of U.S. government publications, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).
Preston Library is a designated selective depository of U. S. government publications. The collection is located on the 650 level arranged by the Superintendent of Documents Classification. Publications on microfiche are located in the microform area of the 500 level in metal cabinets appropriately labeled.
Paper documents can be checked out just like other printed materials while the microfiche must be used in the microform area.
U. S. government publications have been cataloged and can be found by searching the library's catalog, WorldCat @ http://vmi.worldcat.org/advancedsearch
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