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HIST 4337 (Dr. Elizabeth Clark): Nazi Germany (Govt Docs)

HIST 4337, Dr. Elizabeth Clark: Nazi Germany - Research for U.S. Government Documents

Searching Online Catalog (1995 - )

All Texas depository items in the Government Documents unit are cataloged.

All U.S.  items published since 1995 are in the library's online catalog.

The advanced search will allow you to limit the search to items located in Government Documents.

Be flexible with your search terms.  For example, besides "Nazi Germany", you could search world war 1933 1945 sources in the Subject.

Another search example is reconstruction germany as a keyword search.

Online Catalog - Browse Subject

Another handy way to search the online catalog is to use the basic search to browse the subject list for Germany:

As always, when you find one good book, you can click on its subject heading for a new search:

You may use this information to develop a new search strategy for government documents, such as using the online catalog advanced search to search for the words germany 1945 in the subject and limit results to government documents:

Monthly Catalog - Print (1913 - 2004)

The print edition of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications began in 1895 and ended in 2004.

It is the oldest continuously published catalog of U. S. government publications. The Monthly Catalog includes both Congressional and government agency publications.

While it was a sales catalog, it can be used to find that certain older documents were published.

  • Cornette Library has print editions from 1913 – 2004
  • Most annual editions have a subject index
    • editions are “fiscal year” from 1913 to 1934
    • (i.e., July 1913 through June 1914 = “14”)
    • 34A indicates July-December 1934
    • No annual subject index for June 1906 – December 1908
  • Beginning in July 1924, items were listed with SuDoc numbers
  • Beginning in January 1974, three separate indexes were published: author, title, and subject.
  • After 1995, better to use the database GPO Monthly Catalog

When a similar publication (the Documents Catalog) was discontinued, the following supplements to the Monthly Catalog were published. They filled in a gap from 1940 to 1947. Declassified publications were included.

  • S42 = 1941-42 Supplement
  • S44 = 1943-44 Supplement
  • S46 = 1945-46 Supplement
  • These are bound in one volume: Supplement 1941-46

Monthly Catalog - Print Indexes (1900 - 2004)

The Monthly Catalog indexes are located near the “Shelflist” card catalog.

  • Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of United States Govt Publications, 1900-1971
  • “Decennial Digests”
    • 1941-1950
    • 1951-1960
    • 1961-1965
    • 1966-1970
    • 1971-1976
  • Annual editions of Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications
    • each edition has an annual subject index
    • published 1913 – 2004
    • no SuDoc numbers listed before July 1924

Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog - Quirks

Entries from September 1947 and On

Entries for items printed after September, 1947 show entry/item numbers, such as this example: (62)24093:

  • (62) = year 1962
  • 24093 = item number 24093 in the 1962 Monthly Catalog

Entries before September 1947

Entries for items printed before September, 1947 show page numbers, such as this example: (26)638:

  • (26) = for fiscal year 1925-1926 Monthly Catalog
  • 638 = information about item is somewhere on page 638 of the 1925-1926 Monthly Catalog

Tips and Warnings

Tip: An entry in the Subject Index is informational—it is NOT the same as the title of the item in the Monthly Catalog

Warning: sometimes there are typos in the Cumulative Subject Index!

Shelflist Card Catalog: Items Published Before 1995

If you read about an item and it included a SuDoc number:

  • Items older than 1995 may not be in library's online catalog
  • You may look it up in the old Shelflist Card Catalog in Government Documents
  • Shelflist is an inventory of items as they appear, in order, on the shelves
  • Look up item by SuDoc number—no cards for subject or title
  • If there is a card, it will indicate where the item is located (US Docs, microform, etc.)
  • Even if there is no card, double-check for the item on the shelf!

GPO Monthly Catalog - Online (July 1976 - )

You may search for U.S. documents published since 1976 in the database GPO Monthly Catalog. It is an online version of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications from the Government Publishing Office (GPO).

Type in search words, such as world war 1939 1945 sources. Search options include subject, title, etc.

On a results list, items the library definitely has are displayed with a logo:  West Texas A&M University, Cornette Library

The library may or may not have other items on the list.  So your next step may be to search for items in the shelflist card catalog or the actual shelves.  You can find the SuDoc number by clicking on the title of the item and reading the Class Descriptors information.

Some items may be available for free online:

The GPO Monthly Catalog database is also available for free from the GPO as the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).