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BIZ 2401: Information Systems

Why use government sources?

Government resources are a gateway to reliable information such as:

  • Legislation, guidelines, and regulations that impact industry
  • Statistics
  • Publicly available data 
    • Useful for market research
  • Reports and whitepapers from agencies
  • Resources to help support small businesses
  • Patent information
  • Public company financial filings
  • Tax information

In addition, this information is free and available to everyone while many business focused resources are subscription based or may be very expensive for a small business or individual.

Recommended Government Sites

Shortcuts and Tips for Basic Google Searches

Search sites or specific domains with site:



Note: Do not leave any spaces between site: and the search term

Use quotation marks to search for phrases or specific words

“to be or not to be”


Type OR between terms if you want to find either word

Hamlet OR Macbeth

Use a minus sign to exclude words

Macbeth –Shakespeare

Advanced Search

Use Advanced Search to limit your search by Language, Region, last update, Domain or site, Terms, SafeSearch, Reading level, File type, Usage rights and more.

Find Advanced Search under “Settings”

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Limit Results by Publication Date

Search for pages published during a specific time period using “Tools”

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Web Searching Tips

For more search tips: