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Government Publications on Social Issues: Overview

Why Use Government Information?

Government publications are outstanding sources of information on many controversial issues. Why? Decisions are made by Congress and other government officials to implement policies and programs to solve social problems. To do this, government agencies collect statistics and have experts do research on the extent and cause of problems. Knowledgable persons testify about the current situation and provide ideas about how to improve conditions. Many government publications are primary sources. Some are in PDF format (free Adobe Reader available).