No. Although the call number for government documents has both letters and numbers in it, as do the call numbers for books, it is different. It doesn’t reflect a subject but the agency that created the document.
The following is a citation for a journal article in AMA style. You can see more information on citation styles on the citing sources page.
1. Friedman BJ, Waters J, Kwan OL, DeMaria AN. Comparison of magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography in determination of cardiac dimensions in normal subjects. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 1985; 5:1369-1376. Available from: Science Direct. Accessed January 15, 2013.
Here is a citation for a journal article in APA 7th edition.
Curtin, J.A., & Robinson, P.D. (2007). Blue blood. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 43(3), 184-185.
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. https://doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyy
And a book:
American Psychological Association. (2020). Concise guide to APA style: The official APA style guide for students. American Psychological Association.
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name.
DOI (if available)
IEEE reference lists are in order of first apperance in the paper. In text they are noted with a number in brackets, 
An example of a periodical citation:
 J. K. Author, “Name of paper,” Abbrev. Title of Periodical, vol. x, no. x, pp. xxx-xxx, Abbrev. Month, year
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Here are two citations for journal articles in MLA.
Gorman, David. "The Future of Literary Study: An Experiment in Guesswork". Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, 2011, pp. 1-18.
Fang, Karen. “Britain’s Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire, and Aesthetics in Nineteenth-Century Britain”. Victorian Studies, vol. 53, no. 4, 2011, pp. 751-3. Academic Search Complete. 27 Oct. 2015.
And a book:
MLA Handbook. 8th ed. The Modern Language Association, 2016.
Call number: REF Z253.G53 2016.
If you are unsure of what type of document that you would like, but know you want to find government information, try USA.gov. This search will narrow down your documents to things published by the US. A new search provided by the government printing office is GPO Metalib. This search will narrow your results to federal documents only while still allowing you to search multiple agencies.
If you have a specific journal title in mind, we might already have it! Go to Electronic Resources on the right side of the Library home page and scroll down to E Journals Search. Click on the link and type the journal title in the search box.
E Journals Search
All library databases and the library catalog have a link (in databases it reads "Find it at Oregon Tech") that accompanies the article record. This link will open an online form for you to fill out. Most of the time all the information about the article is already in the form. Submit the form, and the link to the article will come to you in the email after 3-4 days.
Oregon Tech librarians are happy to come to your classes for course- and assignment – tailored instruction. To schedule an instruction session, fill out this online form. You can find it among other services provided to faculty here.
Please allow us at least 2 weeks’ notice to prepare for the class. It is always helpful when instructors send us a copy of the syllabus, a specific assignment and a list of topics chosen by your students. It will help us to tailor the library session to your assignment and your students' needs.
Every term Oregon Tech librarians participate in online classes. Contact Erika Veth or Carrie Dickson at the Online Education Department to invite a librarian to your online class.
If Oregon Tech Library doesn’t own a book or a journal you need, there is an option to order it from another library. The Library catalog provides links to the online form for you to fill out. Another way is to go to Find tab on the Library home page and from there to Borrow From Another Library. Select the option Request Using Our ILL Request Form. You will get notification by email when the book arrives at the Library. Document Delivery service for articles will send you the PDF of the article by email.
Borrowing From Another Library
There are many ways to pick a topic, A good paper or project often comes from a topic that interests you. Try some of these suggestions:
Contact Access Services Manager, Jan Abeita at 885-1778 to put your print or electronic class materials on reserve for a particular term. The course reserve materials will be available to your students for a 2-hour checkout inside the library only.
Try searching the library catalog. Select Oregon Tech only from the search scopes, and books from the tabs available. When you see your results, if you only want to see physical items, select available at OIT on the left side of the results screen.
Yes. You may use the OHSU library resources. You will first need an OHSU ID, then just go to the library page at: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library.
Nested citations allow a writer to group citations on a specific topic. For example, if your paragraph mentions concepts from three articles on cholesterol testing chemicals, you could use an endnote at the end of that section in the text. Then at that end note in the reference list, include all three articles. Fore example:
1.(a) Jones, J.; Jones, B.; Smith, S. Transfusion 2011, 51(4),1120-1133. (b) Smith, P. Clinical Chemistry New York, NY. Pearson 2014. (c) Anderson, T.A.; Reeves, K. Che. Matrix Bul. 1999, 20(6), 9-14.
There is a hierarchy to the published evidence found. The higher on the Hiearchy of Evidence Pyramid the better the evidence for decision making. THe pyramid includes filtered and unfiltered resources.
Filtered Resources appraise the quality of studies and often make recommendations for practice. Types of filtered sources:
Systematic Reviews / Meta-Analyses (Available in Multiple databases)
Authors of a systematic review ask a specific clinical question, perform a comprehensive literature search, eliminate the poorly done studies and attempt to make practice recommendations based on the well-done studies. A meta-analysis is a systematic review that combines all the results of all the studies into a single statistical analysis of results.
A copyright notice is an identifier placed on copies of the work to inform the world of copyright ownership. The copyright notice generally consists of the symbol or word “copyright (or copr.),” the name of the copyright owner, and the year of first publication, e.g., ©2008 John Doe. While use of a copyright notice was once required as a condition of copyright protection, it is now optional. Use of the notice is the responsibility of the copyright owner and does not require advance permission from, or registration with, the Copyright Office. See Circular 3, Copyright Notice, for requirements for works published before March 1, 1989, and for more information on the form and position of the copyright notice.
A government document is a work published by any government agency. That includes anything from your local government to state, federal, and other countries.
Empirical research article reports on original research based on observations or experiments. It provides facts from actual experience rather than from theory or belief. To ascertain that the article covers empirical research, look inside. See if it includes a study, an observation, an analysis or a number of participants or subjects.
What is Evidence-based Practice?
"Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the conscientious and judicious use of current best evidence in conjunction with clinical expertise and patient values to guide health care decisions." Cook D. Evidence-based critical care medicine: a potential tool for change. New Horiz. 1998;6(1):20–5.
Research + Clinical Expertise + Patient Preference = EBP
See Evidence -based Practice Subject Guide.
Interlibrary Loan or ILL is a way that the library can get articles and books for you that we don't have. The services is free to you. (except in rare circumstances and we will let you know if that happens.) It takes a week or less for most articles, which are then emailed to your Oregon Tech email, and a week or two for most books which will be placed on the hold shelf at the campus you selected for pick up.
More information and item requests
Both are services that you can use to receive items from other libraries. Summit is the combined catalog of the Northwest libraries that belong to the Orbis Cascade Library Alliance. The courier service it utilizes brings you the ordered items much faster that the Interlibrary Loan service that contacts libraries outside of the Northwest region.
When to expect your items? On average, it takes a week for Summit items, 7-10 business days for standard ILL items. The Library will hold the books for 1 week for you; videos and other media will be held for 3 days.
There are no renewals on Summit-requested items, with 6-week check-out on books, and 6-day check-out on videos and other media. Renewals for the standard requests through ILL could be possible. It is up to the lender to grant the renewal or not. ILL-renewal requests should be made within one week of the due date, but not less than 3-days before the due date.
Please address your questions to the Access Services Manager at 885-1778.
Critical appraisal enables you to assess a study's usefulness and if it is trustworthy. One can use the various checklists available to test a study by its type - Diagnosis, Harm, Prognosis, and Therapy, and/or by a research design from the Levels of Clinical Evidence Pyramid: case report, case control study, cohort studies, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews. Be sure and use what is recommended by your instructor when completing assignments. Some sources are the Evidence Based Medicine website and CASP. There are three general questions you will want to consider:
A system used to classify government documents. For more information see http://www.oit.edu/docs/default-source/library-documents/government-documents/sudocs-ordocs.pdf?sfvrsn=4
PubMed (Remember: searching through the OIT LIbrary will include links to paid subscriptions and full text articles.)
Medline (EBSCO Medline with its searching and sharing capabilities is available through the OT Library A-Z list.)
Both Federal and State government documents are shelved behind the reference area, next to periodicals. If you are unsure about finding a specific document, ask a librarian at the Research Assistance desk.
Government documents are much more than simple records of what happens in legislation. They can be detailed reports on subjects of interest such as renewable energy; they can be brief public service documents or instructional manuals such as a Know what to do about the flu or a driver’s manual; they can be patents of inventions new and old, and much more. The legislative documents describing what happens in congress including speeches, and voting records are also quite interesting.