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Need to Know: Finding Government Publications with Google

A lot of US government information is freely available and searchable on the web. Using Google is pretty effective using the site limiter with your term.  Just type, for example:
biosurveillance site:.gov 
 
This will find any url ending in .gov with biosurveillance in the text.
 
.gov is used by some cities, counties, states and federal government entities use: there are, or course, other urls that may be relevant, such as .tx.us or .org or .mil.  Then just modify the search for these endings.
 
This type of search can also be used to search the longer url:
  • Defense Department info is site:.defense.gov or site:.dod.gov (both are used)
  • French government documents can be found with site:.gouv.fr while Spanish government documents are site:.gob.es
The convention is not universal but it can help locate and narrow information down government information.  State government sites may have various url syntaxes that need to be taken into account:
  • California has site:.ca.gov
  • Texas mainly uses site:.tx.us
  • Florida uses site:.fl.us; however the Governor's site is site:.flgov.com and the various agencies have different url roots.
For some information on the ranking factors Google uses in its search:

Security and Military Policy

US Policy Sources

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International Organizations

United Nations "can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more."

International Monetary Fund "is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world."

World Bank

Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development works "to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems."

World Trade Organization "is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments."

North Atlantic Treaty Organization "promotes democratic values and encourages cooperation on defence and security issues to build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict."

Constitutions and Treaties