Government Documents

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“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” ~ James Madison, 1822

Kreitzberg Library has been a selective U.S. Federal Depository Library since 1908.

The library collects the required “Basic Collection” materials plus federal government publications related to courses and subjects taught at Norwich University. The Kreitzberg Library also collects major State of Vermont publications.

The library has government information in a variety of formats: paper, electronic, microfiche, maps, CD-ROMS and DVDs. The library’s government publications may be found by searching in the library’s catalog.

The hardcopy, or paper publication collection, is shelved in Dewey Decimal call number order on the Mezzanine Level of the library. These items may be checked out. Some publications are shelved in the reference collection on the first floor of the library and some are in storage in the basement – both are for in-library use (exceptions may be made by the Governments Documents Coordinator). Some USGS publications are in the Geology department, but most are in the library. USGS publications located on the Mezzanine and in storage may circulate.

The microfilm collection is arranged by the Superintendent of Documents classification number and is housed in maroon cabinets near the microfilm collection on the Mezzanine. A microform reader/printer is available in the library to view the microfiche and make copies.

Government CD-ROMs and DVDs are arranged by Dewey Decimal call number and are housed in a beige metal cabinet in the east alcove of the reference area. These items may be checked out. A government documents PC is available in the alcove to view these resources (see the Public Access PC Workstation Policy for additional information about the use of the computer).

Topographical maps are located in the southwest corner of the library. These are for in-library use. Duplicate maps circulate and electronic versions are available free online at http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/.

Helpful links to online government information can be found by using guides available on the Kreitzberg Library’s web site.

Government Documents Research Guide

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