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Superintendent of Documents Classification System

Government documents received by the Western Kentucky University Libraries through the Federal Depository Library Program are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDoc). Briefly, the SuDoc system is an alpha-numeric call number scheme that places materials together on the shelves according to the agency that issued the document, reflecting the organiztion of the government. Microfiche are filed in cabinets using the SuDoc class system as well.

The major agency designations for the SuDoc classification and a SuDoc number are described below. A more detailed explanation of the SuDoc classification is available from the Federal Depository Library Administration page of the Superintendent of Documents' web site.


Major Agency Designations for SuDoc Classification
 

      A .................Agriculture Department
      A 13. ....... ...Forest Service
      AE ........... ...National Archives and Records Administration
      C ................Commerce Department
      C 3. ............Census Bureau
      D .................Defense Department
      E .................Energy Department
      ED ..............Education Department
      EP ..............Environmental Protection Agency
      GA ..............General Accounting Office
      GP ..............Government Printing Office
      HE ..............Health and Human Services Department
      HH ..............Housing and Urban Development Department
      I ...................Interior Department
      I 19. ............U.S. Geological Survey
      J .................Justice Department
      JU ..............Judiciary
      L .................Labor Department
      LC ..............Library of Congress
      NAS ...........National Aeronautics and Space Administration
      NS .............National Science Foundation
      P ................Postal Service
      PM ............Office of Personnel Management
      PREX ........Executive Office of the President
      S ................State Department
      SBA ...........Small Business Administration
      SI ..............Smithsonian
      SS ............Social Security Administration
      T ...............Treasury Department
      TD ............Transportation Department
      VA .............Veteran Affairs Department
      X, Y ...........Congress
      Y 3. ...........Congressional commissions and independent agencies
      Y 10. .........Congressional Budget Office


SuDoc Number Explained

Electronic Capabilities of Federal Depository Libraries.

Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995.

    GP 3.2:El 2/2

       GP - Issuing agency, Government Printing Office
          3 - Designation for subordinate office, Superintendent of Documents
         .2 - Publication type or category, general publication
 :El 2/2 - Identifies the specific title, El in

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