Guide to the Research Collections
At present all government publications retained by the library are fully cataloged, with the exception of very minor material. Many important documents are given author and subject entries as well as serial entries. In recent years, however,
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more and more reliance has been placed on published indexes for a subject approach to documents. There are some cards for government publications in most division catalogs, but filing rules are not the same everywhere. Therefore the reader is advised to ascertain that he understands the rules for the catalog he is using; if he does not, he is urged to seek the aid of the reference librarians.
The main listing for government publications in the Research Libraries is found in the Catalog of Government Publications located in the Economic and Public Affairs Division and in book form. This is basically a corporate-author file with no cards for subjects or personal names. The listings for serials and nonserials (monographs) are separated under each corporate entry. First are the serials, arranged in alphabetical order by title, followed by the nonserials, chronologically arranged by date of publication. This arrangement is considered an aid to ready reference, for a preponderance of the titles begin with commonplace words or form phrases which would necessitate a tedious search through a strictly alphabetical arrangement.