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Choose the Right Tool

This LibGuide will help you select the best types sources of information for your research. Whether it is books, magazine or journal articles, websites, government publications, or other sources, each has reasons to use them.

An Overview of Government Information

The vast majority of people who work in government are not politicians.  Instead, they are people in all sorts of occupations, including scientists and researchers, soldiers and police, doctors and nurses, teachers and librarians, lawyers and diplomats.  The President of the United States is a government employee, as are the crew that picks up your trash every week.  

What governments in the United States (federal, state, local) have in common is that they produce a great deal of information that can be very valuable to someone looking for credible, useful information.   This guide will help you tap into this information.

Washington State Government Information

Federal Government Information