Welcome to our Finding Government Information Guide!
Drain-Jordan Library provides free, equal, and unrestricted access to government information for all of our library users both from our campus community and the general public.
If you're just getting started, you might want to take a look at our popular online resources. You may also want to visit our library catalog, to search and access the "basic collection" offered by all Federal Depository Libraries.
Where is Government Information located in Drain-Jordan Library?
The majority of government documents today can be found online. However, if you're looking for a physical copy, select print resources (usually books) are cataloged alongside our general book collection. Print resources that are too small to be cataloged in with our general collections are organized by SuDoc number, and are located in their own designated shelving area on the library's main floor.
More information on the Government Documents Collection and SuDoc classification.
What do I do if I'm looking for Online Government Documents, and I can't find them in the Library Catalog?
No worries! Although we provide many government documents online through the Drain-Jordan Library, there are even more that can be found at FDsys: GPO's Federal Digital System. FDsys provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, you are able to:
- Search and browse for documents and publications
- Access metadata about documents and publications
- Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats
Need print materials that we do not currently have?
This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with Interlibrary Loan (ILL) through the Library!
If the Drain-Jordan Library doesn't offer the item(s) you seek, then please consider using our ILL services to request and borrow the information. The delivery process for this service usually takes anywhere from one to two weeks, depending on the format and where the material is coming from. Once our library receives your requested material, you can check it out like any other library material and return it at the end of the rental period.
I don't have time to wait on ILL!
For (possibly) more immediate access to print resources, use the Federal Depository Library Director (FDLD) to locate and/or get contact information for other FDLP libraries in your area. Another FDLP library may have the item you seek in their collection and be willing to fax or email you a copy if you're not able to visit their library in person. West Virginia University is a fantastic FDLP resource, and has been the Regional Depository for the State of West Virginia since 1882. However, many (if not all), of the resources after 1976 can be found online.
If you have any questions or need help finding and using these types of resources, please don't hesitate to "Ask Us!"