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    Overview

    The University Libraries have been a selective depository for United States documents since 1907, and we hold United States federal documents dating back to the 18th century. More than 1 million federal documents are housed in the collections of Mullins and the Young Law Library.

    Formats include paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, and online.

    Finding Documents

    From 1976 - present most United States documents can be found in the Library Catalog

    Earlier documents may also be found in the catalog or by using print or online indexes such as ProQuest Congressional. However, many pre-1976 documents can only be located by consulting the research desk on the lobby level or documents staff.
    Guide to the contents of ProQuest Congressional.

    Documents in the USDOC collection are arranged according to the Superintendent of Documents classification numbering system (SuDoc). More about the Superintendent of Documents System.

    The U.S. Congressional Serial Set Online offers full text of reports and documents from 1789 - 1980.

    Borrowing Documents

    Most materials (except those labeled GOVREF), including maps, may be requested from the Library Annex and checked out. To check out documents, take them to the main user services desk on the lobby level.

    Depository Library Program

    The University Libraries participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), Designated a selective depository, the Libraries select 80 percent of the titles offered through the U.S. Government Printing Office. Titles are distributed in paper, microfiche, or electronic (Internet; CD-ROM; DVD) formats.

    Arkansas Documents

    The University Libraries have been a depository for Arkansas state publications since 1993. These materials do not circulate but can be found using the library catalog; they are housed in the documents collection on lobby level of Mullins Library.

    Many older Arkansas documents are housed in Special Collections; most are listed in the library catalog.

    International Documents

    Both Mullins Library and the Young Law Library offer collections of United Nations materials. Check the United Nations Official Documents System (ODS) for indexing.