B. New Jersey Documents have their own separate section upstairs. Unlike the Federal Documents, there is no fancy numbering system for them. Instead, they are divided up by subject words and placed alphabetically according to subject.
There are a variety of ways to find government documents. One way is to use the Online Catalog, OCCat, to locate items within the Ocean County College Library.
1. Use the Catalog
Many relevant Gov Docs are cataloged and placed in the regular collection of the library.
2. Use the US Government Publications Catalog
Now even though it says "OCC Library" under holdings that doesn't mean we still have the document. If it's over 5 years old, we probably no longer have it.
Once you've established that OCC does select a particular item, first check the catalog to see if it's cataloged in the regular library collection. If it isn't, then it's housed upstairs in the Government Documents area.
3. Understand How the Upstairs Government Documents Area is Arranged
The Gov Docs located upstairs are currently NOT in the library catalog. These items are arranged according to the Superintendent of Documents classification system (SuDoc).
SuDoc is very different from the Dewey Decimal system, which is how the rest of the library is arranged.
First of all, a SuDoc number begins with a letter or series of letters. Like so:
Second - SuDoc is NOT a decimal system like Dewey. So the numbering might be a bit different from what you're used to.
|Dewey Example in order||SuDoc Example in order|
|342.34||C 61.34: 987|
|342.347||C 61.64: 999|
|342.64||C 61.347: 2000|
|342.642||C 61.642: 2001|
4. How to Find New Jersey Documents
A. Certain New Jersey Documents, like many Federal documents, have been places in the regular collection and cataloged.
5. Finding Government Documents on the Internet
There are a variety of indexes and portals to government information online. (You can find a lot of them in the links section of this page). We will look at two main ones here.
Google Uncle Sam
Like the regular google, only better. Google Uncle Sam searches only .gov and .mil sites, so it will only bring up Government Webpages. (a bit of caution. Some government webpages, such as www.oceancountygov.com end in .com instead of .gov, so Google Uncle Sam will not pick them up.)
GPO Access is the Government Printing Office's (GPO) official portal to government information online. The main page often contains links to recent hot button items, like the 9/11 Commission Report. Those "Featured Items" change from time to time. The rest of the site stays the same