United States federal, state, and municipal government websites are a rich source of information on topics from energy, health, the environment, geography, technology, and more. In addition they can provide access to town reports and policies, local economic information, technical reports, government research and more. But when searching in Google, these sites may not rise to the first page of results. To make your search for US government information more efficient, try one of these Google search techniques:
- Use Google Advanced Search and limit the “site or domain” field to .gov.
- Include the following search syntax in a basic Google search: site:.gov. For example: “hip replacement” site:.gov
Bonus Tip: Information and images produced by the US federal government fall into the public domain which means you can use and share these materials freely and without seeking copyright permission.