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Once you find publications, check what the branch location and call numbers are. Most government publications in the Murray Library are on the second floor and are filed by an unique call number system (CODOC) which supports browsing departmental information. Find out how to read CODOC call numbers.
CODOC call numbers are designed to organize government publications on the shelves by keeping all the material published by a single corporate author (i.e. government department or agency) together. Subjects which are similar may be under different call numbers because they come from different corporate authors. For example, a publication on Aboriginal health could be found under Indian Affairs (CA1 IA) or Health Canada (CA1 HE).
Each separate element follows in this order:
Usually the code used for a department is an acronym of its name (Indian Affairs = IA), but sometimes it does not appear to make sense. For example, CA1 BS represents Statistics Canada. This is because at one time it was known as the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Since there are various series still being published that originate from that time, the old department code is still used.
CA1 IA :1988R23 would be broken down in the following way:
CA2SADA 108: D16
Publications issued by a government department as a whole come before those issued by a branch within that department on the shelves. For example, CA1 FR :1998F51 (issued by the Canadian Forest Services) would be shelved before CA1 FR 101:1973R90 (issued by the Newfoundland Forest Research Centre – represented by the 101 – which is a branch of the Canadian Forest Services).
Works that are published on a continuing basis under the same title (serials) do not have a date of publication in the CODOC number and are shelved before single works that have a date of publication. So all of the issues of CA2SADA 185: A56 (Annual Report of the Saskatchewan Sheep and Wool Marketing Commission) come before CA2SADA 185:1977S36 (A single document put out by the same commission).
To find out more about CODOC and the creation of this cataloguing call number system, check out the book, The Bibliographic control of official publications edited by John E. Pemberton.
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