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Government Information:
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1. Why should you use Government Information Sources in your assignments and papers?

  1. Government Information Sources provide authoritative, accurate, and current information on hundreds of subjects.
  2. Online Government Information Sources are available 24/7, as long as you have Internet access. This is information you can access even when the library is closed.
  3. You have already paid for this information through your tax dollars.
  4. All of the above.

The correct answer is:
d) all of the above. Government Information Sources do provide authoritative, accurate, and current information on hundreds of subjects. Plus, online Government Information Sources are available 24/7, as long as you have Internet access and yes, you have already paid for this information through your tax dollars.

2. What is the best way to find the Web site: "The American Memory Project?"

  1. Search for it in the library catalog.
  2. Search for it on www.usa.gov.
  3. Find it in Journal Finder.
  4. Any of the above.

The correct answer is:
b) www.usa.gov. You can find the American Memory Project there by searching the term "American Memory Project" in the search box or you can also find it by topic under "History, Arts and Culture."

3. Search for "Fishery Bulletin " in the library catalog. Are the 2005 issues available through the library at the University of Maryland College Park Campus?

  1. Yes, in print only.
  2. Yes, both online and in print.
  3. Yes, online only.
  4. No.

The correct answer is:
c) online only. There is a link from the catalog holdings to the the url for the journal. The electronic version began in 2001 and while the print version still exists, at College Park it is only available electronically.

4. Government documents are organized by?

  1. The Library of Congress Classification System.
  2. The SuDocs Classification System.
  3. The Dewey Decimal Classification System.
  4. The Goethals Library Classification System.

The correct answer is:
b) the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification System, which is the system used by the Government Printing Office to classify or arrange government documents. Documents are arranged by the agency that produced them.

5. The main U.S. Government information portal is?

  1. www.usa.gov
  2. www.forms.gov
  3. www.irs.gov
  4. www.whitehouse.gov

The correct answer is:
a) www.usa.gov, which is the United States government's official information portal. From this web site, you can search various agencies, across agencies or by topic.

6. Federal Depository Libraries?

  1. Are located only in Washington DC.
  2. Are found all around the country.
  3. Only provide materials in print format.
  4. Are usually closed to the general public.

The correct answer is:
b) all around the country. The Federal Depository Library Program has established a network of depository libraries across the country to ensure citizens have access to government information. The McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland College Park is the Regional Depository Library for Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. This means they receive all federal documents that are published through the Government Printing Office.

7. What isn't an example of Government Information?

  1. Sound recordings of Native American music.
  2. Postage stamps.
  3. Photos from space missions to Mars.
  4. Information on experiments with a new arthritis medicine.

The correct answer is:
b) postage stamps. Government agencies such as the Library of Congress will have sound recordings of native american music. The United States Post Office is technically not part of the US Government, but rather a corporation wholly owned by the government. However, the United States Department of the Treasury does have a Presidential Commission on the United States Postal Office in order to "...advise the President on the state of the United States Postal Service, prepare a report articulating a vision for the future of the United States Postal Service, and recommend the legislative and administrative steps necessary to enact reform needed to ensure the viability of postal services." Therefore, even though stamps can be considered historical information they are not considered government publications (information courtesy of UC Irvine library's government information quiz).

8. Which SuDocs number would come first?

  1. A 57.2
  2. A 57.14
  3. A 57.10
  4. A 57.20

The correct answer is:
a) A 57.2. Because the SuDocs Classification System is a whole number system, not a decimal system, each number that comes after a period is to be treated as a whole number. As such 2 comes before 10, 14, and 20 when you are counting.

9. Can you check out a Government Document from a USMAI Library?

  1. Yes.
  2. No.
  3. Only if you are a US citizen.
  4. Sometimes.

The correct answer is:
d) sometimes. Some documents can be checked out, others can not. Check the library catalog for its circulation status.

10. Who should you ask for assistance with Government Information Sources if you can't find what you need?

  1. A Washington DC bureaucrat.
  2. A reference librarian.
  3. Fellow classmates.
  4. No one, You're on your own.

The correct answer is:
b) a Reference Librarian. Reference librarians are always available to help you find the resources you need whether they are government information sources are not. In addition, many libraries have librarians who specialize in government information who can assist you.