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Introduction to Searching the Internet
Information Resources
Human Resources
E-mail
Mailing Lists
Organizing Messages
Digital Resources
Topic-Oriented Research Directories
Search Engines
Primary Document Resources
1. Friends & Acquaintances
2. Academia
3. Government
4. Direct Approach
5. Soliciting Help Through E-mail
6. Search Tools for Finding People

3. Government

Another authoritative source of experts is government: federal, state or province and local. The level of government that you decide to use will depend on the nature of the information you seek. We have already learned that the Monarch flies through specific states, so looking at the governments of those states would make sense.

  1. First of all, we will go to the government web site for a specific state. Remember that most states use a common URL for this page, www.state.mo.us Live Internet Connection Required, where mo refers to Missouri. You would change this to www.state.tx.us to load the Texas state government web page.
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  2. At the Missouri state government page we find a link to the Executive Department of Conservation. There are a series of drop-down menus.   One is for animals of Missouri. We select butterflies, click Go, and find a fabulous page about butterflies and how to make a butterfly garden.
     
  3. There is not an e-mail address on the butterfly page, but when we back up to the Executive Department of Conversation pages, we find an e-mail address, probably for a receptionist.  At this point, this person might be a best bet since he or she is in the business of directing visitors to the best person for their needs.  We would write an e-mail to this address, succinctly describe who we are and the information we seek, and ask if the reader would suggest the e-mail address of someone there who might help.

Section: E-mail
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