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Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014     Views: 45

ECU Library Classic Catalog

To look for government documents located in Joyner Library, use the ECU Library Classic Catalog. Items that are located in the Documents Collection will have "Joyner Docs Stacks" as their location. The Documents collection, located in the basement of Joyner Library, includes over 500,000 items, with another 570,000 documents available on microfiche (Joyner Docs Microforms).

  • To search just for government documents, select the Advanced Search option, and limit your search by Collection - Joyner Federal Documents Collection.

Please be aware that a large portion of our Government Documents collection is not yet listed in our library catalog. Most of what we have in print, with some exceptions, was published between 1950-present. While everything produced from mid 1994 to the present is in the catalog, most of what was published prior to this period is not.

ASK AT REFERENCE DESK - When this phrase displays instead of a Gov Docs call number, click the details button, click on change display, change the view of display to All, click OK and click the Catalog tab. The call number is labeled Gov Docs Number.

GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free on-line access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, you are able to:

·          Search for documents and publications — FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.

·          Browse for documents and publications — FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, date, and Government author.

·          Access metadata about documents and publications — FDsys provides information about Government publications in standard XML formats.

·          Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats — With FDsys, users can download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of federal government publications available on-line which are not included in either the ECU Libraries or GPO catalogs. To find these publications, try the following:

·         Federal Governement Information Research Guides: Offer detailed explanations for how to find information on a variety of topics, both within Joyner Library and on the Web. Subjects covered include election information, international studies, census information, and genealogical material.

·         Use Google site search, and search within the .gov domain. Retrieves federal, state and local government publications. Example search: “census records”

· is the federal government's official search engine. also offers a comprehensive portal to federal government sites by agency.

·         Use a cross-agency Web portal: browse or search government Web sites and databases from multiple agencies covering a particular subject. Examples of such resources include, and Cross-agency portals are especially useful for finding on-line government information not indexed by search engines like Google. Joyner Library's Government Information Web Directory is a good source for finding cross-agency portals.

·         Try the "agency approach": browse or search the Web site of a government agency that publishes material on your topic. Louisiana State University has created a comprehensive list of agency Web sites.

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