Cook Library rejoined the Federal Depository Library Program in 2011. Our catalog now has over 94 thousand publications on our history, government, environment, science, economy and culture. Federal publications are a vast resource for researchers and students.
Internet links to documents are harvested by the Government Printing Office (GPO) (http://www.gpo.gov), the agency charged with federal government publishing. Many can also be found through the Catalog of Government Publications (http://catalog.gpo.gov/F).
Although most special collections are not available in Cook One Search, which draws together publications from many different databases. it is possible to find online federal documents through special search terms.
Many database allow for multiple concepts in a single search, using logical terms like AND, OR, or NOT (also known as “Boolean searches”):
Boolean searches also use parentheses to group these concepts, just like in math:
(mouse OR rat OR squirrel) AND desert – mice, bats and rats are grouped together, then joined with a more general term.
To access Cook OneSearch, find the library’s homepage at http://libraries.towson.edu
GPO document links include the term ‘purl’ which is short for ‘permanent url’. Since most URLs with PURL are federal government documents, these records will also be labeled ‘electronic resource’.
Therefore, ‘purl’ and ‘electronic resource’ are terms you can use in the Cook OneSearch database. Used in combination with other keywords, these will retrieve documents on your topic.
A sample expression would work as follows: (purl AND “electronic resource”) AND Chesapeake
There is a default “Expander” that searches full text . This can get results you may not desire. Click the X next to it to change results.
To access the full text of the report, start by clicking on “Check Online Availability.”
A pop-up window will have options such as “Read full text at…” or “ Check Online Availability…” Full text options appear first, if available. Click on the link listed under “Read full text at” in the pop-up window. T he link will open a window to the document or web site.
Contact the Research Help Desk at 410-704-2462 for further assistance.