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Title: United official states of America publications
Authors: Childs, James B
Issue Date: Jun-1962
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: As governments increase in complexity, official publications are attracting more attention as sources of information for the citizen, as pointed out in the Meyriat Study for UNESCO. The United States Government has great complexity of organization and at the same time an endless variety of official publications, some definitions of which are presented. The Superintendent of Documents, 1895 to date, is treated as a central bibliographical and distribution agency. Knowledge of the government in manual form seems a prerequisite for understanding and use. The various publications of Congress in carrying out its functions are described: Congressional record, Journals, Bills, committee hearings, Report, Documents, Directory, etc. Further, mention is made of the publications of laws, codes, treaties, executive proclamations and orders, and departmental orders. The publications of the highest courts are mentioned briefly. Next follow publications furnishing a report on the operations of the executive departments agencies. A note is given as to various guides to government publications. Complexity of organization in the United States has been paralleled by means and efforts to make the official publications and information available for the use of the citizens, thus furnishing a pattern which may be useful not only in it, but in considering the problems of government publications elsewhere.
Page(s): 84-91
ISSN: 0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)
Appears in Collections:ALIS Vol.09(2) [June 1962]

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