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Citing government sources

Patents

cogsGoogle offers a patent search (see below). But for serious patent research, expert guidance is needed. The St. Mary's Law Library has some resources for more in-depth patent research. The closest Patent/Trademark Resource Center is in Austin (see below).

 

Golden Anniversay

50th anniversary

We became a Federal Depository Library in 1964, 50 years ago this year. To commemorate this anniversary, the Government Printing Office sent the Library the 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

Net Neutrality

FCCIf you have kept up with any internet-related news lately, you have to have heard about the Federal Communications Commission's deliberations regarding rules affecting Net Neutrality.

Read the most recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking here. The page also includes a link to the Comission's describing the current deliberations.

For some background, here's an NPR All Tech Considered blog post that lays out all the whys and wherefores. And, this Washington Post blog post is concerned about libraries' need for net neutrality. 

    Looking for old docs or old websites?

    Looking for a document, video, or other information that you know you saw on a government website, but now it's nowhere to be found?

    These three archiving projects might be able to help you out. Note that the archived websites might have broken links or other non-functional content.

     

    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

    booksOther 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 their locations on this Google map):

    Government Information Librarian

     

    National "Ask a Librarian" service

    checkWe hope that folks in the San Antonio area will ask us if they need help finding government information. But if you are somewhere else, or we aren't available, there's another service you can use.

    Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian is a national network of librarian experts who answer questions via chat or email. 

     

    For non-St. Mary's patrons

    booksWe 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.

    computerNon-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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