Federal Yellow Book
GS 4.109/2 (DOCS)
A directory of the Federal departments and agencies.
Congressional Yellow Book
GS 4.109/1 (DOCS)
A loose-leaf directory of members of Congress, their committees and key aides.
Washinton Information Directory
REF F 192.3 W33
According to the Federal Library Depository Act of 1962, a government document is "informational matter which is published as an individual document at government expense, or as required by law (44 U.S.C. § 1901)." Government documents are published – and made accessible – in variety of formats and venues including books, pamphlets, periodicals, maps, microfiche, CD-ROMs, DVDs, databases, electronic bulletin boards, audiovisual materials, and digitally through the Internet. To qualify as an official government document, it must meet the above definition. Generally, if a government publication is available on the Web, it needs the extension ".gov" or ".mil”.
Government agencies collect, publish, store and maintain a wide range of business-related information including statistical, industry, market, demographic, trade, financial, and economic data. These data provide authoritative information for high-level marketing research. The Census Bureau, for example, collects data on United States populations that include race, age, income, employment, education, geographic, spending patterns, and other demographic-driven information.
The Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system was developed to uniquely identify, logically relate, organize, and physically group together and arrange publications so that all publications of a single agency or department may be found together. The classification system includes a variety of authoring bodies – from Agriculture to Veterans Affairs.
The classification table provides researchers with a list of key compilers of government data at the federal level.