Accessing U.S. Government Information: Subject Guide to Jurisdiction of the Executive and Legislative Branches

Accessing U.S. Government Information: Subject Guide to Jurisdiction of the Executive and Legislative Branches

by Jerold Zwirn
     
 

This much revised and expanded edition guides researchers to sources that provide information about the general and specific subjects which form the jurisdiction of the U.S. Government. A tool that correlates legal authorities, principal offices, and financial resources and clarifies their patterns of interaction, the book points out the most appropriate methods

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This much revised and expanded edition guides researchers to sources that provide information about the general and specific subjects which form the jurisdiction of the U.S. Government. A tool that correlates legal authorities, principal offices, and financial resources and clarifies their patterns of interaction, the book points out the most appropriate methods and authors for accessing all fields of federal data. Students, teachers, public administrators, policy analysts and citizen activists will find that this easy-to-use guide reliably maps out the jurisdictions of government business and policymaking.

This much revised and expanded edition guides researchers to sources that provide information about the general and specific subjects which form the jurisdiction of the U.S. Government. A tool that correlates legal authorities, principal offices, and financial resources and clarifies their patterns of interaction, the book points out the most appropriate methods and authors for accessing all fields of federal data.

This research aid translates the universe of public responsibilities into topical categories that chart the structure and functions of the policymaking branches and their various subunits. By helping students, teachers, public administrators, policy analysts, and citizen activists to understand the role of jurisdiction in the business of government, it enables them to develop their own best research strategies.

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Library Journal
This useful reference work, first published in 1989, links U.S. federal government entities in the executive and legislative branches with their respective jurisdictions and responsibilities. Subject terms are drawn from such widely used sources as the CIS Index (Congressional Information Service, Inc.), United States Code (GPO), and the Code of Federal Regulations (GPO). These terms are listed in the body of the work, linked to government agencies/authors, including parent agencies, their subunits, House, Senate, and joint committees, and appropriations subcommittees. Agencies and committees are identified by abbreviations, whose full names are listed in the indexes. This guide is designed as a ready-reference work to be used as a starting point for a variety of purposes, including literature searches and referral. It would be most useful if it were tabbed to enable quick access to each section and placed next to other basic government information sources such as The Washington Information Directory (Congressional Quarterly, 1995) and United States Government Manual (Berman, 1995). Recommended as a supplemental purchase for academic, federal depository, and public libraries.-Patrick Ragains, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Booknews
A guide to which aspects of individual, organizational, national, and international affairs are under the authority of the US government, and which units of the federal establishment are empowered to pursue which matters, graphically depicting relationships between public services and government sources of information, using a subject and author approach. Lists information by specific and general subject categories; parent agencies; and Congressional committees and subcommittees. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313297656
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1996
Series:
Bibliographies and Indexes in Law and Political Science Series, #24
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

JERROLD ZWIRN is a reference librarian in a branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. He is the author of Congressional Publications, (1983), Congressional Publications and Proceedings (1988), and the earlier edition of this guide published by Greenwood Press in 1989. He has contributed several articles to Government Publications Review. An abiding interest in government decisionmaking and library service has led him to study the relationship between federal business and information output.

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