Government Documents Short Assignment

Government Documents Short Assignment

The Library’s Government Documents Librarian spoke to our class on 9/16. Though the collection in Branson Library is only open by appointment at the moment, he showed us how to access Government Documents online. Using what you learned, find a Government Document that you are interested in reviewing. Write a thoughtful 500-1000 word essay, providing answers to the following questions:

  • What information is this source presenting to its audience? (Be brief here: 2-3 sentences of summary)
  • Who is the publishing office?
  • Describe the content. Don’t just give a summary; note important sections, data, and conclusions. Don’t just skim. Use the table of contents and section headings, etc. to identify where important content may be located and read around for important details so you can get a good idea of the scope of information. This should take you some time.
  • Who are the consumers of this information and discuss why you think that? Be specific. “Everyone who lives in the United States” is not an appropriate answer to this question. Think critically about it.
  • Provide an APA citation of the resource at the end of the essay. Follow the directions on Purdue OWL for citing Government Documents in APA format. Click here and scroll towards the bottom. There are several possibilities. Choose the one that most closely fits the document you are looking at.

Essay expectations:

  • Standard essay format (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins).
  • Essay should be no less than 500 words, and no more than 1000.
  • Page numbers at the top with the Running Head required by APA format. Click here to see the page on how to do APA format Running Head. For this assignment, use the Running Head instructions in the “Professional Paper” example, rather than the Student paper example.
  • NO title page. Instead, include the following information, left justified at the top of your first page:

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