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
To find your local government on the web, the following options are
available to help you locate web pages.
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
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 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”]
Other resources that might help you with this question:
FactFinder - Local demographic and economic data.
State and Local
Government on the Net
Project Vote Smart -
to find candidates and voting information
SmartVoter - to register to vote online
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