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GOVINFO: Canadian Federal Government Information

General guide for locating Canadian federal government information

Search Techniques

The key to finding government information is identifying the author of the publication.  Government authors include:

  • government agencies
  • government departments
  • government ministries
  • government programs

Although identifying the author of a document is the key to finding it, it is the one element that constantly changes because of new governments and government reorganization.

The sources below will help in determining government authors and will also provide information on the history of the government author so that older documents may be found.

Most searching is done by using keywords.  These words have no meaning and therefore require the researcher to be imaginative and inventive in determining which terminology to use when searching.

Exploring subject terminology, ie., words that have meaning, can make a search more relevant. 

The following sources may help determine subject terminology in a Canadian context: 

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