Providing Internet access to Government information has been the mandate of many policies. Unfortunately, some of the polices contradict each other and public access to information has been delayed. The results are a hodge podge of accessible information with little inter-agency cooperation. Locating federal information takes time and persistence.
Before starting your search, decide on what Department or agency would most likely have the information for which you looking. For example, news on current legislation would be found on the Thomas web site. If your question is about medical coverage, you would search the Department of Health and Services web site. If you were looking for tax law then you would need to visit the Internal Review Service web site.
Please be aware that not all information is posted on the web. If you cannot find what you are looking for online, you should consider visiting your local government office, public library, or University Library.
This page was created by Matt Weaver, Lyn Ballam and Scott Nicholson
Copyright 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006 by Scott Nicholson
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Before starting your search for Federal information, please read the
blue side bar for strategies for defining your search. A few minutes
of planning will make your search a successful effort.
Thomas (Legislative Information on the Internet)
Google's Uncle Sam (Indexes U.S. Government Web pages and state government Web pages)
Federal Depository Libraries (Access government documents that are not available online)
Federal Courts Finder (Web sites of all Federal courts, listed by state, with a map for U.S. Circuit courts)
Defense Technical Information Center (Department of Defense Web sites and other federal databases)