Government Web Sites as Research Tools

When you’re researching a legal topic, don’t forget to look for relevant government web sites; they can be valuable sources of statistical information, policy reports, and links. For example, if your note topic is tracing the historical development of laws regulating sustainable agriculture, then the United States Department of Agriculture hosted site, Alternative Farming Information Center, Sustainable Agriculture Resources, might be helpful. Whatever your topic is, try putting your keywords into Google, and then add site:.gov to your search string. Your search will be limited to government web sites, and you should get very focused results. My search for government resources on sustainable agriculture was:
sustainable agriculture site:.gov