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Government Documents: Finding Government Documents

Determining a Document's SuDoc Number or Title

Understanding Superintendent of Documents or SuDoc Numbers:

Each government document has its own classification number that identifies it called a SuDoc number. SuDoc numbers designate the issuing agency, the office, the type of document, and the individual source. For example:

I 29.9/5: 139

  • I = Department of the Interior
  • 29 = National Park Service
  • .9/5 = Handbooks (numbered series)
  • 139 = Number of the individual circular.

(borrowed example from: (last visited Nov. 11, 2016)

Knowing the SuDoc number of a source will help you find the document in another library should Texas Tech Law Library not have it. Contact a Reference Librarian to assist you if needed.

How to Find Government Documents

How to Locate Electronic and Print Government Documents: 

All materials added to the documents collection are cataloged and inventoried on the online catalog which contains the holdings of the University Library, Law Library, and Special Collections. The public may search the online public access catalog from anywhere in the world. In addition to the online catalog, the Law Library provides access to other sources of information about government documents. These include access to the internet, where users can access all of the resources available through the FDLP, as well as other depository collections (e.g. the Regional Depository Library located elsewhere on campus).

Anyone may use the government documents collection. Print documents are located throughout the Law Library and may circulate to users with a library account. Microfiche documents are located in the Lower Basement. A reader-printer-scanner provides copies at no charge. Printing/Copying using the multifunction machines in the Law Library are available for a cost of .10/page, but most things are able to be scanned/emailed for no charge.

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