Online Government Documents

Posted on October 13, 2015. Filed under: Information, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , |

Oakton Community College Library is one of the nation’s nearly 1,250 designated libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with government information. Oakton Community College Library has participated in FDLP since 1976.  The FDLP was established by Congress in 1813 to ensure the American public’s access to its Government’s information.

Due to space constraints, Oakton found it necessary to cut its FDLP collection significantly in 2012. Even in consideration of the 5 years’ retention rule, Oakton’s collection of over 600 titles in tangible format remained overwhelming for our limited space. When FDLP initiated the “All Online Depository Library Option” in November 2014, Oakton, being a smaller depository library, found this prospect appealing. After choosing to implement this option, the library is now able to retain its FDLP selections by replacing most of these titles in tangible format with catalog accessible titles in electronic format. By doing this, Oakton Community College Library is now able to make more efficient use of its space without sacrificing the depository services to our patrons. Why not check out some of our digital offerings?

book cover for Occupational Outlook HandbookOccupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook is  one of our most popular Gov docs titles. It is the government’s premiere source for career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations—such as Architecture and Engineering, Construction and Extraction, Legal, Military, Transportation and Material Moving, etc.

book cover for World FactbookThe World Factbook

This government document is created by the United States CIA to provide facts about every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world. It provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities (description from CIA website).

book cover for Crime in the United StatesCrime in the United States

An annual publication in which the FBI compiles the volume and rate of violent and property crime offenses for the nation and by state. Individual law enforcement agency data are also provided for those contributors supplying 12 months complete offense data. This report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data (description from FBI website).

– posted by Mingyan Li

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With the digital world expanding, this is a great way to make this important collection available to the Oakton community. Rose

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