When searching for local information, be aware of the size of your community and the resources available.

Unfortunately, not all government information is available online.  Some information can only be obtained by visiting your local government office or your public library.

This page was created by Matt Weaver, Lyn Ballam and Scott Nicholson

Copyright 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006 by Scott Nicholson

Searching for Government Information:
Searching for a local issue?

Be prepared to search the local government web page for your needed information.

To find your local government on the web, the following options are available to help you locate web pages.
 
Advanced Google Search

Using Google's advanced features will quickly narrow your search.  Use the "Exact Phrase" box to input what branch of government you are looking for.  For example: City of Sacramento, Buffalo New York, or San Diego County.

While you can limit your searches in search engines to particular domains, like “.gov”, “.org”, and “.us” in order to refine the search, do not assume “.com” is solely for commercial entities. Some government entities use “.com”

Ask.com

Ask.com allows you to ask a natural language question, like: Who is on my city council?

Do not put quotes around the question, and then add the city and state in quotes afterward. [for example:

Who is on my city council? “South Euclid, Ohio”]

For problems with your local government, an advance Google search on the terms "Your State ombudsman" with the domain ".us" will find your state's Ombudsman office.

Other resources that might help you with this question:
American FactFinder - Local demographic and economic data.

State and Local Government on the Net

Public Library Locator

Project Vote Smart - to find candidates and voting information
SmartVoter - to register to vote online



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