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ERIC Number: ED412909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
How To Effectively Locate Federal Government Information on the Web.
Cruse, Patricia; DeDecker, Sherry
Information from the U.S. Government is appearing with increasing frequency on the Internet. In many cases, the Internet is the only place to locate important government information. Virtually all agencies maintain their own web pages, which include linked statistical data, news releases, and other full-text publications. In the future, more data will be in online format rather than standard print sources, and searching the Web will become the primary means of locating government data. This paper shows how to maximize retrieval of federal government information on the Web. It first describes and illustrates the organizational structure of the Federal Government, knowledge of which is one of the keys to finding federal information on the Web. The paper then addresses: using search engines and subject indexes to locate federal information; tips on how to locate government agencies on the Web; search strategies to locate government regulations and legislation; and how to find statistics, demographics, and other useful data. Some of the major issues associated with government information in an electronic environment are explored. Includes 27 search questions and answers for practice in searching for government information. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Databases, Demography, Federal Government, Government (Administrative Body), Government Publications, Governmental Structure, Internet, Legislation, Online Searching, Online Systems, Search Strategies, Statistical Data, User Needs (Information), World Wide Web
Electronic version: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/universe/dedecker.html
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at "The Universe at Your Fingertips: Continuing Web Education." Conference Sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Friends of the UCSB Library, and the Black Gold Cooperative Library System Reference Committee (Santa Barbara, CA, April 25, 1997). For papers from the proceedings of this conference, downloaded and printed out from the UCSB Web site, see IR 018 545-561.