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Government Information: @NSULA Libraries

Provides an overview of the FDLP and GPO. Also links to other government information sources/portals for librarians and the public.

State Government

City of Natchitoches

Head of Government Documents and Access Services

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Michael Matthews
913 University Drive
Watson Memorial Library
Room 201-D

What We Have

Watson Library is a 35% selective depository for Federal Government documents.  Designated as a depository in 1887, Watson Library is one of the oldest depositories in the state of Louisiana.  As a heritage depository, our collection mingles new documents with historical items.

Government information covers a wide range of topics including Agriculture, Business, Education, Health, History, Science, and Statistics.  When searching the library's online catalog for these and other topics, expect to find government documents listed in your results.  Many government documents are now issued in electronic format, so look for a URL link when accessing government information.  Documents published in electronic format are not necessarily websites, but are merely published works distributed through the Internet.

In compliance with Title 44 U.S.C. §§1901 -1916 (2010), all Federal Depository Library content is available for free use by the general public including all people in our region and Congressional District.  While only Northwestern State University affiliates or Friends of the Library may check documents out of the library, there is a scanner available for anyone to scan library material free of charge and save it to a flash drive.

Watson Library is a selective Louisiana State Documents Depository.  Search State documents through the library catalog.  Most State documents are located in the Cammie G. Henry Research Center located on the third floor of Watson Library.  For uncataloged and ephemeral documents, see the Research Center staff.

How To Find It

All government documents published 1976-Present, which are held by Watson library are listed in the library's online public access catalog (OPAC).  This includes electronic-only titles as well as documents published in paper, microfiche, video, and DVD/CD formats.

Click on the URL provided to access electronic-only titles.  Otherwise, note the location and the call number to find items located in the Government Documents Reading Room on the first floor of the library.

For government documents published before 1976, you may use the print indices in the Reference Room on the second floor of the library.

When in doubt, consult the reference librarian on duty.

Using The Library Catalog

How To Search For Government Publications In The NSULA Library Catalog

1. Go to the Advanced/Power Search either from the library's web page or through the library catalog

2. Enter your topic or keywords

3. Select Natchitoches Campus Library

4. Select Government Information Collection

5. Click the Search button