Answered By: ESC Sara
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2023     Views: 75

Search tips
Much government information can be found on the Web. When you’re in need of a piece of information or data, form, or report that you know the U.S. federal government produces, but have no idea how to locate it, follow these tips and resources for help:

  • Most federal government sites contain the .gov or .mil (military sites) suffix in the URL. You can often locate a specific department by using the appropriate domain combined with the department abbreviation or name.
  • You can limit a Google search to .gov or .mil pages by placing (or at the end of your search string (e.g.: “mercury emissions”
  • If you need a government document that you cannot find online, you can Locate a Federal Depository Library near you and tap the free collections, tools, and expert knowledge of the librarians there.

Search tools
There are a number of portal sites that can be used to quickly search or browse through government Web pages:

  • – official gateway for all government information; includes sections for data, laws, forms, maps, etc.
  • GPO Access – publishes most official documents produced by all three branches of the government, such as congressional bills, Supreme Court documents and public papers of the President.
  • – especially useful for locating scientific and technical documents.
  • Thomas – find bills, laws, congressional reports, anything related to the legislative branch.
  • U.S. Census: American Factfinder – source for current population, economic, and geographic census information.

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