Spanish-language government sites
Citing government sources
Google offers a patent search (see below). But for serious patent research, expert guidance is needed. The San Antonio Public Library (Central branch, downtown) offers consultations by appointment (see below). And the St. Mary's Law Library has some resources for more in-depth patent research.
Why we're here...
In the news
Leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the assassinating of John Kennedy on Friday, there have been lots of looks back to this traumatic event in the media, and several interesting books have come out.
Some of these productions have been critical of the Warren Commission Report, that purported to solve the mysteries surrounding the assassination for the public, but in fact only generated a half century of conspiracy theories.
The Blume Library has the Report (and the 26 volumes of hearing transcripts!) in the print U.S. documents collection on the 2nd floor. The call number for the report is Pr 36.8:K 38/R 29.
If you'd rather look at an online version of the Report itself, the Government Printing Office's FDSys archive has this PDF. Read it for yourself and decide!
The National Archives has a collection of assassination records you might also find interesting. Many have been digitized and are linked from this page.
Why look for government information?
- Comprehensiveness. With a few exceptions, research in almost any subject area is incomplete without consulting government sources
- Reliability. Government information can be the product of research at the highest level
- Authenticity. Many electronic government publications come with authentication seals
- Primary sources. Much government information—such as hearings, court cases, diplomatic papers—is considered primary source material
- Economy. Almost all government information is freely available to all users, not just members of the St. Mary's community (NOTE: it's free to you because, as taxpayers, you've already paid for it!)
- Responsibility. It's our duty as citizens of a democracy to be informed about governmental actions
Government Information in other San Antonio libraries
Other libraries in the San Antonio area maintain collections of printed government information and have expertise in finding government information online. Below are links to these libraries (you can also see the location on this Google map):
For non-St. Mary's patrons
We at the Blume Library are dedicated to providing free access to government information to members of the 20th Congressional District and the general public, as well as to the St. Mary's community.
Patrons not affiliated with St. Mary's may not check out materials from the Library, but are welcome to use any tangible materials, including government documents in any format, in the Library. Government materials may be requested through the patron's home institution, or the public library, on interlibrary loan. In some special cases, other arrangements may be made with the Government Information Librarian. Her contact information is in the box above.
Non-St. Mary's patrons may use computers in the Library for research involving government websites, provided there are available computers not being used by St. Mary's students, faculty, or staff.
The Government Information Librarian, as well as the other Reference Librarians, are happy to respond to queries and requests for assistance from the general public. Since our first responsibility is to the St. Mary's community, however, there might occasionally be some delay in responding to complex queries.
Visitors to the Blume Library are requested to abide by our Food & Drink Policy while in the building.
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