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Government Information & Statistics: Welcome - About Gov Info


Welcome to the Government Information & Statistics guide. This guide is designed to help you find government information and statistics from around the world. Select the tabs above to navigate through the guide.

If you have any questions, or to set up a research consultation appointment, please contact the Government Information Librarian.

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About Government Information & Statistics

About Government Information at the R.P. Bell Library

Description | Location | Finding Gov't Info. | Borrowing


Government documents are defined as information in any format, published, authorized or sponsored by a government body. The R.P. Bell Library is a full depository for Canadian federal publications. The documents of other levels of government and other countries, as well as international organizations, NGO's, and other types of organizations are selectively collected. See the Collections Development Policy, Appendix A, for more detail.

The library is also a member of the Data Liberation Initiative, providing Mount Allison University faculty and students with access to Statistics Canada data files and selected geospatial data files.


Most government documents are located in the basement of the R.P. Bell Library (call numbers: CA1 - CA9). Others are integrated into the main collection, the Reference collection, or are kept with other, similar formats (maps, microfiche, CD-ROM, etc.) The online library catalogue indicates the location and call number of each document, and links directly to online publications.

Finding Government Information in the R.P. Bell Library:

Use the online library catalogue. Government bodies and organizations can be entered as an author. If you are not sure of the exact format, enter a keyword search in the author field or a combination of keywords (e.g. royal commission and canada and banking). The full record of each physical item will include its location and unique call number. Write this number down to find the item on the shelf. A guide to understanding government document call numbers is posted in the basement, on the first few book cases of the Government Documents collection. The record for online documents will include a link to the full text of the document.

Other finding aids to government information, government search engines, key web sites and databases are listed under the appropriate tabs in this guide.

Borrowing Government Documents:

Most government documents can be borrowed for the same period as "stack" books in the library. The exceptions are periodicals, Statistics Canada publications, and some rare and fragile materials and those designated as "Reference".