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Electronic Information from “The Government”

By Brenda Barnes, Head, Government Information

As one of nearly 1250 Federal Depository Libraries, the TCU Library has provided faculty, staff, students and the general public with government information since 1916. For the majority of these 90 years all the information was in a tangible format (paper or microform books, pamphlets, maps, etc.). In today’s world of electronic information, the government’s distribution of information has changed to meet the demands citizens. Since 2001 more than 60% of the titles distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), have been distributed in electronic format.

A search of the TCU Library’s Online Catalog will provide the user with one-click-access to thousands of “electronic documents” from the government. The library currently loads into its catalog approximately 500 government records each month. With 60% of these records now being electronic, the numbers of electronic records are growing quickly. A number of government publications are available in dual format -- paper AND electronic.*

The Library also provides access to electronic databases from the government. A selection of these is provided on the Government Information pages of the library’s website. The staff of the Government Information Department will be happy to provide additional information about government information available – in all formats.

* For an example see: Strengthening Enforcement and Border Security: the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel. The Library has a paper copy of the 107 page document (classed Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.109-71) in the Documents Stacks and an electronic copy of the document is also available by clicking on the “online” link provided.

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