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* Political Science & International Relations: U.S. - Federal/State/Local

This guide provides reliable resources pertaining to the study of political theory, international relations, information on foreign governments, U.S. and international policy research, campaigns and elections and more. This guide includes access to books,

Government Documents & Information

For even more or to schedule a research consultation with our Government Documents Librarian, see our library guide on locating Government Information.



New York State

Local (City & County)


Rochester Subway. The Rochester city plan, a report of the organization and operation of the City Planning Bureau of Rochester, N.Y. for 1918-1922. p. 124. Retrieved from {{PD-US}}

Finding background info

Search Google for Official Sites by Locale

Using advanced Google Search features can save you time.  

For country sites, refer to a list of country-specific domains.  Add your topic to Google and add (if Brazil is the country of choice).  Oft times, using Google Translate can come in handy for websites and pdf documents found in other languages.

For state sites, limit the domain to state.state (e.g. or state (e.g. Add your topic to Google and add

For county/city/town sites, the process isn't as cut and dry.  Try adding your topic, the name of the city of interest and limit to the appropriate state.  For example, a Google search might be health Rochester  Some cities/towns will list their websites under of (i.e.  Others will use a .org (i.e.,,  Even still, cities may refer to the broader county is which they're located (i.e.,