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Government Documents and Research: General Resources

Guide to Government documents in Osterlin library and online.

Finding Government Documents

Government documents can be found in the Mark & Helen Osterlin library and also through various webpages.  Use the search boxes below to find a relevant source. 

Federal Documents:

As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.

Michigan Documents:

This portal provides access to electronic versions of selected Michigan government publications collected by the Library of Michigan.

NMC and Freedom of Information Act Requests

It is the public policy of the State of Michigan that all persons (except those incarcerated) are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees.

The College's policy with respect to FOIA requests is to comply with State Law in all respects and to respond to FOIA requests in a consistent, fair and even-handed manner regardless of who makes such a request. These requests may also be referred to as Public Record Requests or Open Record Requests as terminology varies from state to state.

Find print books, ebooks, and government documents.

Search the Osterlin Library Catalog:

Finding a Government Document in the Osterlin Library.

The SuDoc number for a publication is issued when the publication is distributed to depository libraries and is utilized by most depository libraries for shelving purposes and by all research finding aids to identify a particular publication.

The SuDoc number is based on issuing agency of a publication and its place the government organization.  All publications of an issuing agency are categorized into series which are numbered.

The system utilizes letters, numbers and punctuation marks to create a unique number.

The number before the colon will place the publication in its series.

The number after the colon is what's assigned to an individual publication and completes the unique number. 

Please note: In the SuDoc system, all the numbers are treated as whole numbers. There are no decimal numbers. The period in the SuDoc number is a period.  It separates whole numbers and is not a decimal point.


Source: University of Rhode Island Libguide.