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Government: Finding Websites

A guide for finding government information.

Finding Government Information Online

A good place to start is USA.gov; it is the official portal of the United States Government

To view lists of additional useful websites, mouseover the "Finding Websites" tab and from the drop-down menu click on the category that best fits your information needs, or click on the links below:

Evaluating Web Sites

How can you tell if a web site is trustworthy or not? It's not always easy, but there are things that you can look for that will help you decide.

  • Who is the author? Are they qualified to talk about this subject?
  • How accurate is the information? You may need to compare what you find with another source to answer this question.
  • Who is the audience? This can influence how much detail is included.
  • What point of view is being represented? All sites have a bias, but is it obvious or are they trying to hide something?
  • How up to date is the site? 

Evaluating Information Tutorial

Library Services has a tutorial on Evaluating Information that can guide you through making good judgement calls on the information you find on the web. It takes only 10-15 minutes to complete and can save you a lot of time in the long run.


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