The Federal Depository Library Program publishes everything from coloring books to advanced scientific research. Every month, Cook Library receives hundreds of documents, reports, maps, databases, and streaming video from the United States Government Printing Office.
The best way to search for Towson University’s federal documents is through the TU Library Catalog: Open the Cook Library Home Page at http://libraries.towson.edu.
At the Quick Tools Menu on the left side, choose the TU Library Catalog.
Choose Advanced Search.
Enter some Keywords for your topic: Try Chesapeake and Watershed:
Below the search boxes, find the Location menu and open it. Select Government Documents.
In the results, most of the records will come with an Internet link on them. They will likely include the element “PURL”. It stands for Permanent URL, a place marker that opens the item, without having to find it on the web.
PURL example: http://purl.fdllp.gov/GPO/gpo26392
The link will likely open the PDF document directly
This document is a map, showing the entire watershed, reaching across the boundaries of six states.
Other documents can be downloaded to your hard drive, converted to Word, or else sent to your email, all using the function tabs on the Adobe Reader.
Not all documents are PDF. Some are databases or web documents. Not all our documents are electronic. Many print documents reside in our regular catalog going back decades. Our Government Information Subject Gateway has many more resources:
If you need further assistance or have any questions about our federal documents program, contact the Cook librarian with specialized knowledge in this area:
Carl P. Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-704-3267
Research Help Desk: 410-704-2462
Cook Home Page: http://libraries.towson.edu/.
TU Catalog: http://catalog.umd.edu/F/.