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Federal Depository Library ProgramThe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code). The King Library is one of over 1,300 libraries in the United States designated as a federal depository library. The library joined the depository program in 1962 and serves California's 16th U.S. Congressional District.


Understanding Government Publications Call Numbers

Citing Government Publications

Two sources for citing: DocsCite and RefWorks. Arizona State University has set  up an interactive program, called DocsCite.  Use this to cite in either APA or MLA style. RefWorks also has a government publication module.


Finding Government Information

How to search for Government Publications at the King Library

  1. From the library's classic catalog, click on the Advanced Search tab, next to the Basic tab.
  2. Type in your key words, this example is looking for Congressional Hearings on Health issues.
  3. Limit location to SJSU
  4. Limit to Government Publications: Federal (or state,etc.)


  Try our online Catalog to find a government publication! search

Federal Digital System (Fdsys)

The Federal Digital System provides free access to publications from all three branches of the federal government.  You can search or browse for any reports and download the information.

For help in using this system please click on this link to access tutorials on searching FDsys.


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    Location Map for Government Publications at King Library


    Government Publications Catalog

    A meta-database from the federal government, the Government Publications Catalog  is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online. 

    The HathiTrust has digitized copies of the Monthly Catalog of Government Publications these are catalogs going back to the early 1900s.


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