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US Government Publications: Books

Oxford has a wide range of ebooks and printed books on US government studies, including the main collections at the Vere Harmsworth Library (VHL) and Social Science Library. This page will discuss: 

  • Key books of US government documents. 
  • Tips for finding government records and other useful books whilst browsing the shelves and using SOLO. 
  • Useful finding aids. 

Using bibliographies to find journal articles and books

Key Finding Aids

Finding US government studies books...

On the shelf

The majority of your books will be located under the J shelfmark (Political Science). Specific topics in this area include:

  • J - General legislative and executive papers
  • JK - Political institutions and public administration - United States of America
  • JV - Colonies and colonization (including the early American Colonies). Emigration and immigration (includes immigration policies) 

Other shelfmarks you may want to browse include: 

  • E - History of the United States, including historic information on the American Founding, national political figures/presidents and wider historic background. 
  • F - United States local history - focusing on specific states or counties, such as historical background, information on local political figures. 
  • KF - American Law (note that most of these holdings will be in the American Law Library), such as records connected to the Judicial branch, records related to the Supreme Court, copies of state constitutions and other local legislation. 


Using SOLO

Below is some general advice for finding certain resources within SOLO: 

  • Personal papers of Presidents and other key figures - when searching, search for the individual's name, and the word "papers". So for example: Franklin AND Papers. 
  • Departmental documents: check via government pages for the historical names of the specific organisations you are looking for. Use brackets so that your search comes up with the exact phrase or name you wish to find: e.g. "Bureau of Education," "the Church Committee" 

Key titles of US Government Publications