GPO Monthly Catalog

Revised 11/8/2003

Database name: GPO

Short database name:  GPO1

Available on: FirstSearch Test Server and Production Server

Why select this database?

  • GPO Monthly Catalog contains more than 600,000 records for documents printed by the U.S. government.
  • It covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).
  • Each record contains a bibliographic citation.
  • It is produced by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
Subjects included
Any subject of interest to the U.S. government.

Coverage/update frequency

Covers July 1976 to the present.

New records are added monthly.

Record display information

List of FirstSearch fields for GPO Monthly Catalog and the MARC fields to which they correspond:

Field Name MARC field(s)
Control Number 001
Control Number Identifier 003
Date and Time of Latest Transaction 005
Fixed-Length Data Elements 006
Physical Description Fixed Field 007
OCLC Number in binary 009
Dates 008
LC Control Number 010/a,z
National Bibliography Number 015/a,2
National Bibliography Agency Control Number 016/a,2
OCLC Control Number Cross-Reference 019/a
ISBN 020/a,c,z
ISSN 022/a,L,y,z,2
Standard Technical Report Number 027/a
Other System Control Number 029/a,b
CODEN 030/a,z
Coded Cartographic Mathematical Data 034/a,b,d,e,f,g
Source of Acquisition 037/a,b,c,f
Cataloguing Source 040/a,c,d
Language Code 041/a,h
Authentication Code 042/a
Geographic Area Code 043/a
Local Holdings 049/a
LC Call Number 050/a,b
Geographic Classification 052/a,b
National Library of Medicine Call Number 060/a,b
NAL Call Number 070/a,b
Subject Category Code 072/a
GPO Item Number 074/a
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 082/a
Government Document Classification Number 086/a,z
Report Number 088/a
Locally Assigned LC-type Classification Number 090/a,b
Locally Assigned Dewey Classification Number 092/a
Local Free Text Classification Number 099/a
Author 100/a-e,g,q,u
Corporate Author 110/a,c-d,k,n,p,t
Conference or Meeting Name 111/a,e,k,n,t
Uniform Title 130/a,d,f,k,l,n,p,t
Abbreviated Title 210/a
Variant Access Title 212/a
Key Title 222/a,b
Uniform Title 240/a,d,g,k,l,n,p
Translated Title 242/a
Title Statement 245/a,b,c,f-h,n,p
Varying Forms of Titles 246/a
Former Titles 247/a,b,f,p
Edition Statement 250/a
Cartographic Mathematical Data 255/a-d
Computer File Characteristics 256/a
Imprint 260/a,b,c,e,f
Physical Description 300/a,b,c,e
Current Publication Frequency (Serials) 310/a,b
Former Publication Frequency (Serials) 321/a,b
Dates of Publication/Volume Designation 362/a
Series Statement—Corporate Name 410/a,v
Series Statement 490/a,v,x
General Note 500/a
"With" Note 501/a
Dissertation Note 502/a
Bibliographic Note 504/a
Formatted Contents Note 505/a
Restrictions on Access Note 506/a
Scale Note for Graphic Material 507/a,b
Creation/Production Credits Note 508/a
Citation/Reference Note 510/a
Participant Note 511/a
Type of Report and Period Covered Note 513/a,b
Numbering Peculiarities Note 515/a
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note 518/a
Abstract 520/a
Target Audience Note 521/a
Supplement Note 525/a
Additional Physical form Available Note 530/a
Reproduction Note 533/a,b,c,d,e
Funding Information Note 536/a-d,f,h
System Details Note 538/a
Language Note 546/a,b
Issuing Body Note 550/a
Cumulative Index 555/a
Linking Entry Complexity Note 580/a
Source of Description Note 588/a
Subject Added Entry, Personal Name 600/a-e,q,t,u,v,x,z
Subject Added Entry, Corporate Name 610/a-d,k,n,p,t,v,x-z
Subject Added Entry, Meeting Name 611/a,c,d,n,v,x
Subject Added Entry, Uniform Title 630/a,d,k,p,t,v,x
Subject Added Entry, Topical 650/a,b,v,x-z,2
Subject Added Entry, Geographic 651/a,v,x-z
Index Term, Uncontrolled 653/a
Genre Index Term 655/a
Local Subject Added Entry, Topical 690/a,b,x-z
Local Subject Added Entry, Geographic 691/a,b,x-z
Added Entry, Personal Name 700/a-e,p,q,t,u
Added Entry, Corporate Name 710/a,c-e,n,p,t,u,x
Added Entry, Meeting Name 711/a,e,t
Added Entry, Uniform Title 730/a,d,f,g,k,l,n,p,s,t
Added Entry, Uncontrolled Related Title 740/a,n,p
System Details 753/a,b,c
Main Series Entry 760/a,g,t,x
Subseries Entry 762/t
Supplement Issue Entry 770/a,g,s,t,w,x,z
Supplement Parent Entry 772/a,s,t,w,x,z
Host Item Entry 773/a,d,g,t,x,z
Other Edition Entry 775/a,b,i,t,w,z
Preceding Entry 780/a,s,t,u,w,x
Succeeding Entry 785/a,s,t,u,w,x
Nonspecific Relationship Entry 787/a,b,g,s,t,w,x
Series Added Entry, Personal Name 800/a,d,t,v
Series Added Entry, Corporate Name 810/a-d,n,p,t,v
Series Added Entry, Meeting Name 811/a,t,v
Series Added Entry, Uniform Title 830/a,d,l,n,p,t,v
Electronic Location and Access 856/a-d,f-n,p,q,s-w,y,z,2,3,6,8
Indexed Document Type 945/f
GPO Internal Accession Number 946/p
Library Holdings 948

Field 948/a gives the ISO country code information for each library holding the item. Additional detailed holdings information is available in FirstSearch Z39.50 Configuration Guide - Element Set Names.
Document Type 949/i
OCLC Display Type 949/x
Record Type 964/t
OCLC Load Date 980/g

Notes for the subject phrase indexes (cf=, de=, na=, su=)

Each portion of the subject heading (e.g., subheading in 650/a,x,y,z) will be handled as a distinct phrase search.  The suggested strategy in searching for records that contain those subheadings is to and those terms together.

Example:  650 #a Nuclear Power Plants #x Safety Measures is searched by entering:

nuclear power plants and safety measures.

If: Use attribute:
cf= 5611
de= 5650
gc= 58
nc= 5610
su= 21

Indexes

What follows is a list of FirstSearch indexes and the combination of USE and STRUCTURE attributes that can be used to access them.

  1. For any FirstSearch label where multiple USE attributes are listed all the attributes will provide the exact same search result sets.
  2. Any USE attribute that is not marked as a restrictor is available via the SCAN service.
  3. Restrictors are specially implemented indexes and are not available for scanning. Terms for these must be ANDed with other terms to limit the size of the result set. See the table provided for each restrictor to determine valid terms and their associated meaning.

FirstSearch Indexes and USE and STRUCTURE attributes used to access them:

Index Description Use Attribute Structure Attribute Indexed Fields and Subfields
Keyword (kw) Any 5110 2

110/t

111/t

130/ad,f,Lnp,t

210/a

212/a

222/ab

240/a,dL,np

242/a

245/ab,np

246/a

247/ab,f,p

500/a

501/a

502/a

505/a

507/a

508/a

511/a

513/ab

518/a

520/a

525/a

530/a

533/abcdef

536/abcd,fh

538/a

550/a

600/abcde,qtuvxyz

610/abcd,knp,tvxyz

611/acd,n,vxz

630/adk,p,tvx

650/ab,vxyz

651/a,vxyz

653/a

655/ab

690/ab,xyz

691/ab,xyz

700/t

710/t

711/t

730/a,df,L,np,st

740/anp

760/t

762/t

770/st

772/st

773/t

775/t

776/st

777/st

780/st

785/st

787/st

Keyword All



Any

1016

2

100/abcdequ

110/a,cd,np,t

111/a,en,t

700/abcdeqtu

710/acdenptu

711/aet

130/ad,f,Lnp,t

210/a

212/a

222/ab

240/a,dL,np

242/a

245/ab,np

246/a

247/ab,f,p

500/a

501/a

502/a

505/a

507/a

508/a

511/a

513/ab

518/a

520/a

525/a

530/a

533/abcdef

536/abcd,fh

538/a

550/a

600/abcde,qtuvxyz

610/abcd,knp,tvxyz

611/acd,n,vxz

630/adk,p,tvx

650/ab,vxyz

651/a,vxyz

653/a

655/ab

690/ab,xyz

691/ab,xyz

730/a,df,L,np,st

740/anp

760/t

762/t

770/st

772/st

773/t

775/t

776/st

777/st

780/st

785/st

787/st

Abstract (ab) Abstract 0062 2 520/a
Access method (am) Electronic location 5856 2 856/u
Author (au, au=) Author-name 1003 1, 2

100/abcdequ

110/a,cd,np

111/a,en

700/abcdequ

710/acdenpu

711/ae

Named Conference (cf=) OCLC Defined 5611 1 611/acd,n,vxz
Conference Name (cn) Author-name-conference 1006 1

111/a,en

711/ae

Corporate Name (co) Author-name-corporate 1005 1

110/acd,np

710/acdenpu

Dewey Decimal Call Number (dd) Classification-Dewey 13 2 082/a

092/a
Descriptors (de, de=) OCLC Defined 5650 1, 2

650/ab,vxyz

690/ab,xyz

Edition (ed) OCLC Defined 5250 2 250/a,b

254/a
Geographic Name (gc=) Name-geographic 58 1

600/z

610/z

611/z

650/z

651/az

691/a,z

Government Number (gn) Classification-government-publication 50 2 086/a,z

099/a
Item Number (it) OCLC Defined 5074 2 074/a
Library of Congress Call No. (lc) Classification-LC 16 2 050/a,b

090/ab
Map Data (md) Code-map-scale 1024 2 034/abdefg

052/ab

255/a-d

507/ab
Named Person (na) Subject-name-personal 1009 1 600/a-e,q
Named Corporation (nc=) OCLC Defined 5610 1 610/a-d,knp,tvxyz
Notes (nt) Note 63 2

500/a

501/a

502/a

505/a

507/a

508/a

511/a

513/ab

520/a

525/a

530/a

533/a-f

536/a-d,fh

538/a

550/a

OCLC Number (oc) OCLC Defined 5999 2 001
Publisher (pb) Name-publisher 1018 2 260/b,f

533/c
Place of Publication (pl) Name-geographic-place-publication 59 2 260/a

533/b
Personal Name (pn=) Author-name-personal 1004 1 100/a-e,q

700/a-e,q
Report Number (rn) Identifier-report 1027 2 027/a,z

088/a

770/r,u

773/u
Record Type (rt=) Material-type 1031 1 964/t
Series (se) Title-series 5 2

410/a,v

440/a,v

490/a,v

760/a,tx

762/t

800/a,d,tv

810/abcd,np,tv

811/a,tv

830/ad,np,tv

Standard Number (sn) Identifier-standard 1007 2 010/a,z

020/a,z

022/a,y,z

024/a

030/a,z

247/x

400/x

410/x

411/x

440/x

490/x

534/x,z

700/x

710/x

711/x

730/x

760/x,y

762/x,y

770/x-z

773/x-z

780/x-z

785/x-z
Stock Number (st) Identifier-stock 1028 2 037/a
Subject (su, su=) Subject 21 1, 2

600/abcde,qtuvxyz

610/abcd,knp,tvxyz

611/acd,n,vxz

630/adk,p,tvx

650/ab,vxyz

651/a,vxyz

653/a

655/ab

690/ab,xyz

691/ab,xy

Title (ti, ti=) Title 4 1, 2

110/t

111/t

130/ad,f,Lnp,t

210/a

212/a

222/ab

240/a,dL,np

242/a

245/ab,np

246/a

247/ab,f,p

700/t

710/t

711/t

730/a,df,L,np,st

740/anp

760/t

762/t

770/st

772/st

773/t

775/t

776/st

777/st

780/st

785/st

787/st

Year (yr) OCLC Defined 0031 2

008

260/c

Restrictors

The following restrictors can be used only in conjunction with an index search.   They must be added to an index search with the Boolean AND in order to receive results:

Restrictor Type Input Use Attribute Structure Attribute
Year All years

Single year

Range of years
--

19xx, 20xx

19xx - 20xx
31 5
Document Type Book

Serial

Visual

Map

Machine-Readable

Recording

Score

Manuscript
bks

ser

med

map

mrf

rec

score

mss
1001 1

Sorting

Search results in the GPO Monthly Catalog database can be sorted by Author (1003), Title (4),  and Publication Date (30).

General punctuation rules

(exceptions are made, but these are generally correct):

Punctuation Rule Punctuation Rule
" Delete and collapse $ Delete and collapse
' (apostrophe) Delete and collapse % Delete and collapse
. Delete and collapse * Delete and collapse
, (comma) Delete and collapse + Delete and collapse
; Delete and collapse > Delete and collapse
: Delete and collapse < Delete and collapse
() Delete and collapse @ Delete and collapse
<> Delete and collapse ? Delete and collapse
{} Delete and collapse -- Delete and collapse
[] Delete and collapse / Substitute a space
= Delete and collapse - Retain and index
! Delete and collapse & Retain and index
# Delete and collapse

Searching tips

Keyword ALL searches (1016): The Keyword All search finds information in these fields: Extended Author, Extended Title, Notes, and Subject (034/a,b,d-g, 255/a-e, 052/a).

Using limiters: You can limit searches by Year (31) and Document Type (1001).

Copyright

None.