On April 30, 1803, James Monroe secured an agreement from the French government, then led by Napoleon, to allow purchase of a large section of what we now know as the United States of America. The Louisiana Purchase famously doubled […]
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About Public Documents Masterfile
Public Documents Masterfile makes quality primary research easier. It enables a single search for indexes and records for over 200 years of U.S. Federal government information.
The database contains detailed cumulative index content from 19 sources. Search contemporary documents alongside historical ones. It covers materials directly related to politics and government alongside materials in the physical sciences, technology, law, agriculture, and the social sciences.
By aggregating all the major historical and current indexes to federal documents into one product, Paratext has created an unrivaled tool for comprehensive bibliographic access to US government publications. Public Documents Masterfile addresses this need, and greatly simplifies the process.
Public Documents Masterfile is a unique resource for government information librarians. Moreover, it is designed by people who know the idiosyncrasies of historical finding tools and how to bring them together via a seamless interface.
Public Documents Masterfile saves me about 100 hours a year just in finding SuDoc numbers.
Why Use Government Documents?
The reasons for using government documents can be as varied as the possible types and topics of research. As discussed in our first post in the Government Documents 101 series, they cover a huge range of topics and span an extensive time period so you can track changes and trends for many subject areas just by finding the right government document.
The United States’ government has been offering up primary sources that track the details and progress of what transpires within the government itself, as well as within the many organizations and committees with a government connection, since its earliest days. That leaves us a research goldmine of information on the country’s history and culture.
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