Like with most information, Government Information can be found in many locations and formats. This guide will direct you to some of the most powerful and heavily used Government Resources available. If you are looking for specific information, especially on local topics, it is certainly possible that none of these resources will guide you to what you need. If you cannot find what you're looking for, please make sure to contact me at Ottavian@geneseo.edu.
In addition, if you have any suggestions about additional resources to add to this guide, let me know and I would be happy to consider making changes.
One of the keys to finding Government information is knowing where to look. Federal Information will be found in different places than State, Local or International Government Information. Unfortunately there is no one place you can go to find all of this.
This guide will give you tips for finding information on all levels of Government.
The following are some of the best resources available when searching for Government Information.
Something to keep in mind when researching Government Information is that a large portion of what you find is considered to be primary information. Resources like the Congressional Record, Congressional Hearings, Census Information, Treaties and Foreign Relations Documents can all give you valuable first hand accounts of an enormous range of topics and events. This barely scratches the surface of the primary information published by the government. For some topics, Government documents will be some of the strongest and most widely available and accessable Primary Sources out there.
Keep in mind however, that Government Information does also include some secondary sources as well. If you have any questions about whether the resource you are looking at is primary or secondary, make sure to contact a librarian.