U.S. Government on the Web: Getting the Information You Need

U.S. Government on the Web: Getting the Information You Need

by Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, John A. Shuler, Robert E. Dugan, John A. Shuler
     
 
This guide to finding government information on the web serves as a directory, but also as a map to the government's structure and as a play-book outlining strategies for locating information. The material is organized according to the branch of government and agency, the means of finding it, the type of information, its subject, and its audience. The authors

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This guide to finding government information on the web serves as a directory, but also as a map to the government's structure and as a play-book outlining strategies for locating information. The material is organized according to the branch of government and agency, the means of finding it, the type of information, its subject, and its audience. The authors include librarians, library administrators, and professors of library science. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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School Library Journal
This book identifies quick and useful paths to inexpensive and reliable information for students and teachers. The use of blue for URLs and section headings improves the appearance of this new edition and makes it very user-friendly. It includes the Bush administration and the 107th Congress, a detailed analysis of policies regarding e-government, expanded coverage of the Freedom of Information Act and examples of Web sites devoted to it, and statistics on specific topics. The question about why a print source is needed to navigate the Web is answered with methods for conducting a search that will have the best chance for locating information to meet a specific need. The author reminds us that we may miss valuable content by not differentiating between a report and a hearing. "Search Engines: Negotiating the Information Maze" presents the "why" of using government sources as well as a discussion of general search engines and Internet portals. "Web Pages for the Nation's Youth" will be of special interest. This broad heading includes aeronautics, alcohol and drugs, art, coping with natural disasters, energy and the environment, maps, geography and earth sciences, museums, social studies, transportation, and wildlife in captivity. The book concludes with an overview of Web-browser hardware and software.-Mary Lankford, Texas Education Agency, Austin Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
A guide to finding information through some 1,400 federal government Web sites. Overviews US government agencies and their online publications, and gives background material on branches of government and the information they disseminate, along with descriptions of Web sites. A substantial chapter is devoted to government sites aimed at youth, parents, and educators. This second edition is updated with the latest information from the new administration and the 107th Congress, and features a detailed analysis of information policies governing e- government, expanded coverage of the Freedom of Information Act, and directions to sites that provide subject-specific statistics. Hernon teaches at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563087578
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
07/15/1999
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

PETER HERNON is Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Academic Librarianship, Founding Editor of Government Information Quarterly, Co-Editor of Library & Information Science Research, and an internationally acclaimed author of numerous books in the area of government information.

ROBERT E. DUGAN is Library Director, Mildred F. Sawyer Library, Suffolk University, Boston.

JOHN A. SHULER is Documents Librarian/Department Head Documents, Maps, Microforms, and Curriculum Department University Library, University of Illinois, Chicago.

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