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Government & Law

This guide will help you find articles, books, websites and other information concerning both state and federal governments and laws.

Getting Started

Start by getting familiar with basic information about your topic.

  • Review background and general information
  • Identify important people, places, events, time frame

How to find this type of information?

  • Use the following general encyclopedias
  • Use the Gale Reference Library to find subject specific encyclopedias and other reference books.
  • Use the catalog to find subject specific encyclopedias

Please note, information found in general encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Britannica or Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia cannot be cited or used as a source for your research project.

How to Choose a Topic

Created by David Taylor, University of Maryland University College.

Research Process

Watch this PowerPoint created by EasyBib to get tips on how to do a research project. Information includes how to create a topic, using keywords, narrowing your search, finding information, taking notes, creating an outline, plagiarism, and citations.

The Federal Eye

Photo of American Flag and Conress


News from the Washington Post.

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