Little Brother Pathfinder

Government Information related to Little Brother

The SFPL Government Information Center has prepared a pathfinder to political issues and government agencies featured in the book, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.  This guide includes suggested searches, relevant books, and websites to visit for more information.

Searching in the catalog for books

Call Numbers

There are a few different ways to search for relevant titles through the library catalog. One of them is by looking for their call number from the Dewey Decimal System. Here are some relevant call numbers to search for information about subjects related to Little Brother.

  • 320.57    Political Ideology - Anarchism
  • 323.042   Citizen participation
  • 323.044   Resistance, repression, persecution
  • 323.448   Right to privacy
  • 323.4482 Freedom from government surveillance
  • 323.4483 Freedom from misuse of information in databases and government records
  • 342.085   Rights and activities of individuals
  • 342.062   Constitutional and administrative law - Chief and deputy chief executives
  • 342.0628 Constitutional and administrative law - Martial law
  • 345.056   Rights of suspects
  • 363.325   Terrorism        

Subject headings

You can also look through their subject headings. This can be more specific than using the call number and can find titles about specific people. Additionally, each book is given one call number in our system, but can have multiple subject headings.

Government or Political books



Right to Assemble

Reference titles


Intelligence Agencies

                In Little Brother, the protagonist is illegally detained by the Department of Homeland Security and then monitored as a suspected terrorist. There are 17 U. S. intelligence agencies, currently.

  1. DHS – Department of Homeland Security
  2. CIA - Central Intelligence Agency
  3. DIA - Defense Intelligence Agency
  4. FBI - Federal Bureau of Intelligence
  5. NSA - National Security Agency
  6. ONI - Office of Naval Intelligence
  7. NGA - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  8. DEA - Drug Enforcement Administration
  9. NRO - National Reconnaissance Office
  10. DNI- Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  11. Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
  12. INSCOM - U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
  13. CGI - Coast Guard intelligence
  14. Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Enterprise
  15. DOE, OICI - Department of Energy: Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
  16. DOS, INR - Department of State: Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  17. DOT, OIA - Department of the Treasury: Office of Intelligence and Analysis

Summary of Bibliography recommendations

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