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Citing government sources
We became a Federal Depository Library in 1964, 50 years ago this year. To commemorate this anniversary, the Government Printing Office sent the Library this handsome plaque. We look forward to another 50 years of helping students, faculty, staff, and the general public find and use the information that their government produces!
In the news
This is the report of a blue-ribbon panel appointed by President Obama in August to look into the National Security Agency's (NSA) intelligence gathering activities and to make recommendations for changes.
The report includes chapters on domestic and foreign intelligence-gathering, intelligence and security issues in an environment of rapidly changing communications technologies, and more. Several useful appendices provide legal and regulatory documents that affect the work of the agency, plus a useful glossary to help make sence of these complicated issues.
There's also an executive summary if you don't want to read the whole nearly 300-page report. And here's an even briefer highlights summary in the Whitehouse's blog.
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 the San Antonio area
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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