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CJ 1060 Technology in Criminal Justice (Dr. Mackey): Government Documents

Your government document will, of course, come from a .gov site, but a .gov site doesn't mean you've located a government document!

 

Your goal is to find a government document.  This page will show you the difference.

This is a .gov website about less than lethal weapons:

https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/police-use-force-impact-less-lethal-weapons-and-tactics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Web Search

The whole search doesn't show in the text box, but the full search string is:

tasers (document or report) “U.S. Department” site:.gov filetype:pdf after:2015

 

tasers tells Google to search for the word "tasers"
(document OR report) tells Google to search for the words "document" OR "report" -- you need the parentheses and the Boolean operator "OR"
"U.S. Department" the quotation marks tell Google only to find instances of these characters appearing together.
site:.gov tells Google to only search sites in the .GOV domain
filetype:pdf
 
tells Google to only search for PDF files [Documents are most likely to be posted to the web as PDFs.]
after:2015 tells Google to only return pages posted to the web after 2015

 

This is a government document:

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/232215.pdf

Google Web Search

“less than lethal” (document or report) “U.S. Department” site:.gov filetype:pdf after:2015

Same search using "less than lethal" as the first item in the search string.  Note: the quotation marks are required.

Google Web Search

“Body armor” (document or report) “U.S. Department” site:.gov filetype:pdf after:2015

Similar search using "body armor"

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/252033.pdf

 

Google Web Search
“5g communication” (document or report) “U.S. Department” site:.gov filetype:pdf after:2015

 

Google Web Search
(Polygraph or “lie detector”) (document or report) “U.S.Department” site:.gov filetype:pdf after:2015
Google Web Search
“Crime mapping” (document or report) “U.S.Department” site:.gov filetype:pdf after:2015