Using Government Information Sources: Print and Electronic

Using Government Information Sources: Print and Electronic

Using Government Information Sources: Print and Electronic

Using Government Information Sources: Print and Electronic


"It will find a welcome place on the ready-reference shelf of any librarian or researcher who uses government information on a regular basis". -- ARBA

For the discriminating researcher and scholar, and for the librarian who assists them, this is the resource of choice. Using Government Information Sources covers the many recent changes in accessing and using this material, including information sources available on the Internet and online databases, electronic bulletin boards, CD-ROM products and diskettes, and telephone hotline numbers. Four chapters have been added, covering astronomy and space, state and local government statistics, transportation statistics, and judicial reports.


Change is the nature of life, and it is most certainly the nature of U.S. government publications. Since the first edition of this book, there have been many changes. Titles have changed, classification numbers have changed, and the content of existing publications has changed. Some publications have been discontinued, and new publications have been introduced. Changes in government publishing patterns in the 1980s caused some individual standard titles to disappear entirely, sometimes without mechanisms for obtaining the information included in those titles. Timely depository distribution, particularly of microfiche titles, has been a chronic problem.

Perhaps the most striking change of all is the proliferation of electronic formats for government information. Electronic publishing is playing an increasingly important role in access to government information. This is reflected in the expanded coverage of electronic titles in many chapters throughout this edition.

All of the chapters included in the first edition have been updated; many have been expanded. Four new chapters have been added: "Astronomy and Space," "State and Local Government Statistics," "Transportation Statistics," and "Judicial Reports."

The structure and concept of the book remain the same. Its purpose is still to provide a guide to the most commonly used government information sources and an introduction to related research strategies.

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