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How Do I Find Government Publications?

CODOC Call Number Codes

  • Government publications in Mills and Thode Libraries are assigned CODOC call numbers.
  • CODOC numbers group materials on the shelf by issuing body (government department, branch, etc.) rather than by topic.
  • Each element of the call number represents a specific aspect of the publication.
  • For example, the call number CA2 ON MA 160 - 90 M76 means:

CA

Country / Organization Code Canada
2 Level of Government Code Provincial
ON Province Code Ontario
MA Department Ministry of Municipal Affairs
160 Branch Municipal Management Practices Branch
90 Year of Publication 1990
M76 Unique Title/Series Identifier Title begins with "Multiculturalism"

Sample Call Numbers

CA1.. HR.286- 2000P51 Canadian Federal
CA2BC HU....- 99A11 Canadian Province/State/Territory
UK1.. QP...3- 97C89 United Kingdom
UN5.. EL..15- 2002C70 United Nations
US1.. L.101- 95P25 United States
ZZ... ED..85- 2000W13 International Organizations

Common Country/Organization Codes

AS Australia
CA Canada
UK United Kingdom
UN United Nations
US United States
ZZ International Organizations

Level of Government Codes

For Countries:

1

Federal

2

Province/State/Territory

3

County/Region

4

Municipal

5

Interdepartmental - federal level

6

Interdepartmental - two or more levels within country

7

NOT USED

8

Commonwealth Organizations or intergovernmental between countries

9

Colonies or Protectorates

For the United Nations:

1

United Nations

2

General Assembly

3

Security Council

4

Economic and Social Commissions

5

Trustee Council

6

Permanent Court of International Justice

7

Secretariat

8

Autonomous Bodies (e.g., UNICEF)

9

Related Agencies (e.g., FAO, WHO)

Province Codes for Canada

AL

Alberta

BC

British Columbia

MA

Manitoba

NB

New Brunswick

NF

Newfoundland

NT

Northwest Territories

NV

Nova Scotia

ON

Ontario

PE

Prince Edward Island

PQ

Quebec

SA

Saskatchewan

YU

Yukon Territory