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Government Information: Agency Searches

Various links to guides, websites, and other points of informational interest on federal, state and local government information.

Find Agency Information

How to identify and find government agencies:

The Agency Approach to Finding Government Information demonstrates a Three-Step "Agency Approach" to finding government information on the Internet.

First: Identify which government agency would be likely to publish the type of information you are looking for.

  • For instance, if you wanted crop information--how about the Agriculture Department? The Department of Education is likely to issue data and information about teaching. The Justice Department would be a good agency for criminal justice resources. The Internal Revenue agency is a good starting place for tax stuff. And for employment information and statistics, the Labor Department is top of the list.
  • You can browse through a list of government agencies to pick out agencies that might issue the information you want.
  • The more research you do in government documents, the more you will become familiar with the agencies and their publishing programs.

Second: Go to that agency's Web home page.

  • A lot of agencies have very easy urls:
  • If you cann't guess what the agency url is, go to Google or any other internet search engine and type in the agency name

Third: Mine that agency's Web pages for information you are looking for.

  • Much of the information on agency websites is NOT easily found on search engines--it's buried in the deep web.
  • Agency home pages have search engines, A-Z lists, and directories to help users plum the depths of their content.

Sources to Help You Identify Government Agencies