GOVERNING MANKIND (or, how using government information can raise my grades) “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” Aristotle
This brief session will answer the following questions and introduce you to resources that may set you on the road to governing mankind… or more likely to a better mark
Why use government information?
What kind of information do governments produce?
FIRST A LITTLE MADGIC… The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) on the main floor of the Library is the best place to start your search for government information! Today we will concentrate on online resources but remember there is much, much more…
Governments generate information on almost every subject you can think of! Government information is considered to come from an authoritative source (sometimes influenced by political concerns, of course ) Government information is often the most current information on a topic Governments develop policies and publish legislation, reports, and statistics that support these policies BUT WHY SHOULD I USE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION?
Architecture / Biology / Business / Canadian Studies / Chemistry / CivilEngineering /Criminology and Criminal Justice / Cultural Mediations / Economics / Environmental Science / Geographyand EnvironmentalStudies / History / Industrial Design / International Affairs / Journalism and Communication / Law / PoliticalScience / Public Policy and Administration / Social Work / Sociology / Women’sStudies If you are in any of these programs, government information is for you
Information that is collected/published is from:
legislatures (bills, statutes, parliamentary debates and committee reports)
a department or other administrative operation (annual reports, economic statements such as budgets and public accounts)
investigations (commissions of inquiry, task forces)
Information is also collected by special purpose government sources like Statistics Canada (census) or mapping agencies Natural Resources Canada (maps and atlases) WHAT KINDS OF INFORMATION DO GOVERNMENTS PRODUCE?
Government information also comes from international organizations whose members are governments such as: the United Nations the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the European Union World Bank INTERNATIONAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ARE GREAT FOR COMPARISONS
THERE IS SO MUCH INFORMATION, WHERE DO I START?
USE THE LIBRARY’S CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES TO MAKE YOUR WEB SEARCHING EASIER
Use filters to narrow a Google search both within the custom search engines and for a general Google search Click on ‘advanced search’ or ‘search within results’ to get the option to add a domain name, for example gov.uk (to limit search to British government reports) FOR EVEN BETTER RESULTS
YOU CAN ALSO USE OUR GOVERNMENT INFORMATION WEB GUIDES FOR SPECIFIC TOPICS