When information professionals are asked questions involving government information, they often experience that “deer in the headlights” feeling. Mastering United States Government Information helps them overcome any trepidation about finding and using government documents.
Written by Christopher C. Brown, coordinator of government documents at the University of Denver, this approachable book provides an introduction to all major areas of U.S. government information. It references resources in all formats, including print and online. Examples are provided so users will feel comfortable solving government information questions on their own, while exercises at the end of chapters enable users to practice answering questions for themselves. Additionally, several appendixes serve as quick reference sources for such topics as congressional sessions, the most popular government publications, federal statistical databases, and citation of government publications. It serves as a practical and current guide for practitioners as well as a text or supplementary reading for students of library information studies and for in-service trainings.
- Acts as a training book for public and academic librarians who provide reference services
- Includes background, with exercises, for professors needing a text to teach government information
- Provides coverage of the newest electronic resources, with references to print resources
- Offers exercises to assist in the learning process for these challenging topics