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PSAA 608 - Cybersecurity (Spring 2018)

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:
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 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 or (both are used)
  • French government documents can be found with while Spanish government documents are
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
  • Texas mainly uses
  • Florida uses; however the Governor's site is and the various agencies have different url roots.
For some information on the ranking factors Google uses in its search:

Need to Know: How to Cite Data

While a lot of attention is paid to finding and using datasets, it is just as critical to attribute the information properly and cite it.  Each discipline or publication seems to have its own convention for citing either in reference lists or in text.

Here are some sources that may provide assistance:

Data repositories and scholarly data sites may also provide a preferred citation for a dataset. Here are few that are core in policy sciences:

Different citation styles will also offer guidance on how to cite data:

Need to Know: Help with Data Analysis

NEW! Starting in Fall 2016, the Policy Sciences & Economics Library will be providing advanced support for data literacy and analysis. We invite you to request a consultation with the library faculty in PSEL to discuss your project.

The Department of Economics provides tutoring to any student in an Economics class or with Economics-related question. For more information on their hours: 

The Statistics Department also runs a helpdesk to provide statistical advice to students of Texas A&M University who are engaged in unfunded research. Additional information can be found:

The Libraries also have a number of manuals and reference guides online for the various statistical packages:

US Policy Sources

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports are being collected and made available to the general public through Demand Progress in collaboration with the Congressional Data Coalition — a bipartisan coalition founded by Demand Progress and the R Street Institute to promote open legislative information.

Political Risk Data and Indicators