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Resources Helpful for Federal Depository Library Administration: Textbooks

This guide includes GPO and other resources useful to staff managing Federal depository operations and services.

Major Textbooks, Including Recent and Classics

If you're new to government information librarianship, having a textbook or two nearby is always handy. 

Numerous textbooks focusing on U.S. Government structure, processes, and resources are listed below. Please note publication dates. 

Boyd, Anne M. United States Government Publications. 3rd ed. Revised by Rae E. Ripps. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1949, reprinted 1952.

Caro, Susanne, ed. Government Information Essentials. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018.

Ennis, Lisa. Government Documents Librarianship: A Guide for the Neo-Depository Era. Medford, NJ: Information Today. 2014.

Forte, Eric et al. Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources. 2nd ed. Chicago: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2016.

Garvin, Peggy, ed. Government Information Management in the 21st Century: International Perspectives. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2011.

Guide to U.S. Government Publications. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, Inc., 2019.

Herman, Edward. Locating United States Government Information: A Guide to Sources. 2nd ed. Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein, 1999.

Hernon, Peter et al. United States Government Information: Policies and Sources. Westfield, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2002.

Latham, Bethany. Finding and Using U.S. Government Information: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Lopresti, Robert, "Chapter 07 - Government Sources" (2016). The Research Process: Strategies for Undergraduate Students. 7.

Morehead, Joe. Introduction to United States Government Information Sources. 6th ed. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.

Morrison, Andrea, ed. Managing Electronic Government Information in Libraries: Issues and Practices. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.

Ormes, Dorothy. Free Government E-Resources for Youth: Inform, Inspire, and Activate. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2016.

Robinson, Judith Schiek. Tapping the Government Grapevine: The User-Friendly Guide to U.S. Government Information Sources. 3rd ed. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1998.

Schmeckebier, Laurence F. and Roy B. Eastin. Government Publications and Their Use. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1969.

Sears, Jean L. and Moody, Marilyn K. Using Government Information Sources: Electronic and Print. 3rd ed. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 2001.

Sevetson, Andrea, ed. The Serial Set: Its Make-up and Content. Bethesda, MD: ProQuest, 2013.

Simons, Alexandra, et al. Sudden Selector's Guide to Government Publcations. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2017.

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