About Government Information
Reference and Instructional Services

The Government Information librarians offer reference assistance in all areas of government information and services via scheduled hours of reference service, individual consultations with a government information librarian subject specialist, e-mail reference and customized bibliographic instruction for courses.

In-person Reference

Government Information reference service is available through the Humanties, Social Sciences and Government Information Department on the second floor. For assistance evenings and weekends, visit the Extended Hours Reference Desk.

Student employees in the Lower Level assist users locating periodical issues and microform, and in the use of microform readers.

Electronic Reference and Consultations

Use our e-mail reference form to submit general reference questions to us. Or contact one of our government information selectors individually, as listed below. Government information librarians work closely with our colleagues in other UC libraries, the California State Library and the wider government information community to acquire material for our local users.

Juri Stratford
International and Foreign Government Information Bibliographer; Data Services Librarian
Humanities and Social Sciences Department
(530) 752‑9783

Customized Instruction

Government information librarians have developed a wide array of web pages and printed guides to assist users in locating government information. We are happy to adapt a guide or prepare a new one for a UC Davis class research assignment. We will also work with course instructors to design a library instructional session based on the specific topics students are exploring. Please contact the librarians listed above for assistance with your class assignments or to develop an instructional session to be offered in your classroom or a library lab.

We also offer classes via the Library Instruction Services. Depending on the quarter, there are one-hour classes on Census data, Congressional and Legislative Information and News Resources, all of which are customizable for individual class presentations. The Library Instruction Services offers basic instruction on Library online catalogs and databases and the use of EndNote.


Government documents circulate on the same basis and for the same loan periods as other material in the General Library. If you have a citation to a publication in the Government Information Stacks, please come to the lower level desk to request it. This service is available during most library hours of service.

The Government Information Stacks are located on the lower level of the Shields Library. Other government documents are located in the Shields Library book stacks, the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library, and the Carlson Health Sciences Library and are checked out from their respective circulation desks. Please contact any of the Government Information librarians if you have a citation to a government document that you can't locate in the catalogs.

Renew Books via the Web:

Click on My Account (http://harvest.lib.ucdavis.edu/F/?func=bor-info) here or from the Library Home page. Log in with your Library Card number and PIN to review and renew the books you have checked out.