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Overview: Mining the Federal Web
By Barbara J. Saffir
It's relatively easy to find government information on the Internet if you know the name of the federal agency that supplies it. Most people use a directory to find the agency's Web address, because there is no standard naming system for Web addresses, or URLs (uniform resource locators).
If the material you're seeking is not listed on the main home page, try the site's search engine. Search engines differ from site to site, so be patient.
No one Web site lists every federal Web address. If you can't find the site listed in washingtonpost.com's Federal Internet Guide, try one of the meta-sites (Web sites that contain lists of related sites) listed below. They include government and academic sites and feature a variety of search engines.
To research the operation or history of the World Wide Web, see the list of sites at the bottom of this page.
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