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SuDocs @ CSU, Chico

U.S. Documents are shelved according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification system, which files publications according to the issuing agency. Meriam Library houses U.S. Documents in paper (4th floor), microfiche, CD-ROM's & DVD-ROMs (2nd floor Media & Microforms Collection).

Some common agency prefixes in Superintendent of Documents classification numbers include:

 

A

Agriculture Department

AE

National Archives & Records Administration

C

Commerce Department

C 3.

Census Bureau

CC
Federal Communications Commission
CR
Civil Rights Commission

D

Defense Department

E
Energy Department
ED
Education Department
EP
Environmental Protection Agency
FEM
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FR
Federal Reserve System
FTC
Federal Trade Commission
GA
General Accounting Office
GP
Government Printing Office
GS
General Services Administration

HE

Health and Human Services Department

HH
Housing and Urban Development Department
HS
Homeland Security

I

Interior Department

I 19.

U.S. Geological Survey

J

Justice Department

JU

Judiciary (Courts)

L

Labor Department

LC

Library of Congress

LR
National Labor Relations Board

NAS

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NS
National Science Foundation
P
Postal Service
PE
Peace Corps

PREX

Executive Office of the President

PREX 3.
Central Intelligence Agency
PRVP
Vice President of the United States

S

State Department

SBA
Small Business Administration
SE
Securities and Exchange Commission

SI

Smithsonian Institution

SSA
Social Security Administraiton

T

Treasury Department

T 22.

Internal Revenue Service

TD

Transportation Department

VA

Veterans Affairs Department

X,Y

Congress

Y 1.

Bills, Resolutions, House & Senate Reports, etc.

Y 3.

Congressional Commissions and other agencies not specifically designated in the Executive Branch

Y 4.

Congressional Committees, Hearings

 

Shelving Tips

SuDocs Shelving TIPS:
1. Letters before Numbers:

If both letters and numbers are used for the same class number, shelve letters before numbers.
Here is the shelving sequence:
Y 4.J 89/1:AD 65
Y 4.J 89/1:104/23
Y 4.J 89/2:C 55/2
Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.104-374
Y 4.J 89/2:98/52

2. Whole numbers not decimals: 

Sudocs is not a decimal system, it's a whole number system.
Here is the shelving sequence:
HE 20.40:
HE 20.108:
HE 20.3016:

3. Stem numbers first:

Look at stem number first (before colon), then proceed with remainder of SuDoc No.
Here is the shelving sequence:
HE 20.3612/3:
HE 20.3612/3-2:
HE 20.3612/4:

4. Treat all numbers numerically:

This includes numbers and years (Chico differs from GPO HERE)
This means numbers and years are filed numerically dependidng how they appear in the call number. In the past, the GPO dropped the "1" in the year (eg 952, or 998 instead of 1952 or 1998). Since the year 2000, they began assigning the entire year in the SuDoc number (eg. 2003 or 2005).
Here is the shelving sequence:
ED 1.2:In 8/2
ED 1.2:In 8/965

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