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Public Speaking: Government Agencies and Local Info

Library research guide for homeschool students in the Abilene, TX area.

Tips

Government Agencies are one of the most credible sources of information.  When you cite a government agency in your work, that authority reflects well on you.

GoogleGov = painless research.  Try it!

Use Census data to find out how people affected by your issue live.

Government Agencies and Organizations

Government Agencies and Organizations are gateways to a wealth of data and reports. Use these search engines to find authoritative reports online and to identify the primary agencies that publish on your topic. 

GoogleGov 
Convenient ranking of links within home pages.
Caches pages to eliminate bad links.

Data.Census.Gov
Doorway to U.S. Census data. Good for demographics describing the nation, state, or a local city.
 

Note: To create a map, click Map It to display a data table. Click Create a Map near the top of the page, then click the data item in the table you want to show on the map.

 

Nation (U.S.) Quick Profiles (more details via full search)

Social | Map it - Education, Marital Status, Relationships, Fertility, Grandparents ...
Economic | Map it - Income, Poverty, Employment, Occupation
Housing | Map it - Occupancy and Structure, Adequacy, House Value, Costs, Utilities ...
Demographic | Map it - Age and Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Housing Units ...

Abilene Quick Profiles (more details via full search)

Social | Map it - Education, Marital Status, Relationships, Fertility, Grandparents ...
Economic | Map it - Income, Poverty, Employment, Occupation
Housing | Map it - Occupancy and Structure, Adequacy, House Value, Costs, Utilities ...
Demographic | Map it - Age and Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Housing Units ...

International Country Statistics - detail, geographic coverage, and survey dates vary

United Nations Demographic Yearbook

Abilene Local Information

Abilene Reporter News
Some articles are free. Some will require a subscription to read. Ask Us if you find an article here that you can't get to.

Abilene, TX City Search
City departments, City Council minutes, and official municipal workings.

The Optimist, 2002-present
The Optimist, 1912-2012 (some dates missing)
ACU campus newspaper. Use to research local student issues or to reflect local campus attitudes. Search other campus newspapers @ACU for wider comparison.