Government Information

A variety of links and suggested search strategies for finding information from national, provincial (territorial or state) and municipal (region, city, town) governments - and from many international government organizations.  Links have been gathered together based on subject and jurisdictional themes. 

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Government documents: comprehensive databases & portals

 

Publications from many national, provincial (territorial or state) and municipal (region, city, town) governments - and from most international government organizations (IGOs) - can be found on the Internet, with a simple Google search. But not all publications are online and often, Google search results are too large to properly sift through. 

For a more controlled searching experience or for finding documents that have been gathered together based on subject or jurisdiction, try the following for your searches:

 

Canada

 

  • Omni  Use Advanced Search to find government documents; include geographic location (e.g. Canada or Ontario) as an "Author/Creator".

 

  • Canadian Research Index  Federal, provincial and municipal government documents available on microfiche (1982 to present); check Omni or the internet to find publications in print and/or online.

 

     

     

     

     

    Ontario

     

     

    • AMCTO Municipal Google Search  A basic search engine crawl across 420 of Ontario's municipalities, as set up by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO)

     

     

    United States

       

      • GovInfo  "Free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government."

       

      • USAGov Publication collections, as issued by individual departments.

       

      • PAIS International (1915 to present)  Select "Government & Official Document" as a "Document type".

       

      • Omni  Use Advanced Search to find government documents; include geographic location (e.g. "United States" or Hawaii) as an "Author/Creator".

       

       

      United Kingdom

         

         

        • U.K. Parliamentary Papers  Digitally scanned Sessional Papers from the 18th century (1701-) through to the 2009/10 parliamentary session & supplementary material from Great Britain's House of Commons. (Some House of Lords papers, if presented to the House of Commons.)  

         

        • Hansard Online  Full text of UK members’ debates, 1803 to the present. Includes both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. View Full Description

         

        • Omni  Use Advanced Search to find government documents; include geographic location (e.g. "United Kingdom" or "Great Britain" or Scotland) as an "Author/Creator".

         

         

        International

         

        • Omni  Use Advanced Search to find government documents; include geographic location (e.g. Australia or "United Nations") as an "Author/Creator".

         

         

        • UN-iLibrary: Freely available United Nations "publications", from 1945 to present.

         

        • OECD iLibrary  Access to books, journals, reports, papers and other resources from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

         

         

        • PAIS International (1915 to present)  Select "Government & Official Document" as a "Document type".

         

        Statistics & Data

        Canada

         

        • Omni  Use Advanced Search to find government documents from statistical agencies in print, microfiche and electronic format; for Statistics Canada publications, include "Statistics Canada" as an "Author/Creator".

         

         

        Statistics Canada: popular web resources on their site

           

          • The Daily: released Mondays to Fridays at 8:30am, this site provides announcements of new statistics and data, publications, surveys, scholars and initiatives.

           

          • Analysis: statistical tables, articles, journals, reports and other publications.

           

           

           

           

            Statistics Canada: publications (not noted above)

             

             

            Government data (results from official Canadian government numerical surveys) can be found through these sites:

             

            • <odesi> "A web-based data exploration, extraction, and analysis tool...(that) lets you search for survey questions (variables) across thousands of datasets held in a growing number of collections, and supports basic tabulation and analysis online....Statistics Canada‘s public-use survey data forms the core of <odesi>’s social survey data holdings,...(and) key polling data collections include the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA), Canadian Gallup, and Ipsos Reid."

             

            • Open Data Open access Canadian federal data.

             

             

             

            United States

             

            • Omni  Use Advanced Search to find government documents from statistical agencies in print, microfiche and electronic format; for publications from American government agencies, include "United States" as an "Author/Creator".

             

             

             

             

            • Data.gov "The U.S. Government's open data. Find federal, state, and local data, tools, and resources to conduct research, build apps, design data visualizations, and more."

             

             

            United Kingdom

             

             

             

             

            International

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            • Omni  Use Advanced Search to find government documents from statistical agencies in print, microfiche and electronic format; for publications from foreign countries' government agencies or from international government organizations, include the name of the country or the organization as an "Author/Creator".

             

             

            Popular international statistical resources:

             

            United Nations

            • UNData  Large, comprehensive statistical database covering all countries of the world. Pulls together statistics from all the major UN sources.
            • United Nations Statistics (Department of Economics and Social Affairs, ECOSOC)  Includes demographics, social indicators, vital statistics, disability and national accounts.  Explore these links in the drop-down menus:

             

            OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

            • OECD.stat
            • OECD iLibrary  Access to books, journals, reports, papers and other resources with statistical information, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

             

            World Bank

             

            European Union

            • eurostat  From the European Commission

             

            World Factbook (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)

            Very basic statistical information on select countries of the world, updated regularly.