How to Find a Government Document

Most federal documents published since 1976, as well as Louisiana state documents, are accessible in Prescott Library’s online catalog.

  • Federal Documents in paper format are located on the 1st floor of Prescott Library.  Most of these documents circulate for 21 days.
  • Federal Documents in microfiche format are located on the 2nd floor of Prescott Library.  The microfiche do not circulate, but microfiche readers are available on the 2nd floor and microfiche readers/printers are located on the 3rd floor.
  • Louisiana State Documents in paper format are located on the 2nd floor of Prescott Library and do not circulate.  Photocopiers are available on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library.
  • Federal and State Documents in electronic format are located on the 2nd floor of Prescott Library.  These materials have a limited circulation status – see a staff member for assistance.

Another option is to search the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.  This is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to documents that are available online. Most titles date from 1976 forward. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keyword, or click on “Advanced Search” for more options.

Reference assistance is available from the Government Documents staff and from staff members working the Reference Desk.  You can also contact Government Documents staff by phone at 318-257-4989 or fill out an online form at Ask a Librarian.

Other Government Document Tutorial web pages:

What is a Government Document?

How to Read a SuDoc Number…

How to Cite a Government Document…

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