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www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en – Google Advanced Search
www.texasbar.com - Texas lawyers
www.sao.state.tx.us/reports - Texas Auditor’s Office
www.tdcj.state.tx.us/offender_information m - TDCJ’s offender locator
www.txdps.state.tx.us/ftp/forms/dr-1.pdf . Texas Driver Histories. Fill out this form and fax to
512.424.2649. Then send a check to DPS.
ai.volpe.dot.gov/mcspa.asp -- Buses and Trucks, find insurance, owner info.
www.ignet.gov - Inspector Generals of each federal agency
www.hhsc.state.tx.us/about_hhsc/HHS_Agencies.html . Texas Health and Human Services
Commission. From here, jump to five main Texas social service agencies.
http://a9.com – Amazon’s search engine.

One-Stop Searching
www.google.com – Search engine.
http://blogsearch.google.com/ - Google blog search engine.
http://scholar.google.com/ - Google scholarly paper search.
www.nexis.com – Not the library link. One with the password.
www.whois.com – Owners of websites
www.reporter.org/desktop/ - NY Times Reporter Duff Wilson’s one-stop search page.
www.archive.org/web/web.php - Website archives from 1996.
www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/experts - St. Pete Time’s expert, source link.
www.classmates.com/ - Search for people who knew people in high school, college.
www.technorati.com/ - Search the blogs.
http://a9.com – Amazon’s search engine.
www.zoominfo.com – connects through relationships
http://infomine.ucr.edu/ - InfoMine. Scholarly search engine.
www.science.gov/ - Science.Gov
www.ipaddressguide.com/ - Trace an IP address
www.communitywalk.com _ a Google Map hack that lets you plot multiple addresses.

Lone Star World
www.state.tx.us / - Texas Online.
www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml -Texas Register.
www.capitol.state.tx.us / - Search bills, representatives, etc.
www.statelocalgov.net/state-tx.cfm - Links to Texas state and local sites.
www.dir.state.tx.us/ccts/directory/index.html - Capitol Complex Phone Directories.
http://cpa.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/phonebook.pl - Texas Agency Phone Directory
www2.tsl.state.tx.us/trail/index.jsp - The Texas Records and Information Locator (TRAIL). Search
for any Texas agency and their records here.
http://texaspolitics.laits.utexas.edu/index.html - UT’s new Texas Politics site.
http://www.county.org/resources/countydata/Bin/locater.html - Texas county locator

Texas License Lookups
www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care/About_Child_Care_Licensing/ - Texas daycare licenses.
www.tsbep.state.tx.us/lic_status.html - Texas State Board of Examiners for Psychologists.
www.texasbar.com - Texas lawyers.
http://reg.tsbme.state.tx.us/OnLineVerif/Phys_SearchVerif.asp - Texas Docs, PAs.
www.bne.state.tx.us/olv/olverif.htm - Texas nurses.
n – Texas elderly and disabled facilities.
www.txdps.state.tx.us/ftp/forms/dr-1.pdf . Texas Driver Histories. Fill out this form and fax to
512.424.2649. Then send a check to DPS.
www.tbvme.state.tx.us/verify.htm - Texas Veterinary License

www.houstontx.gov - City of Houston.
www.hctx.net - Harris County.
www.hcad.org / - Harris County Appraisal District
www.cclerk.hctx.net / - Harris County Clerk’s Office
www.hcdistrictclerk.com/Home/Home.aspx - Harris County District Clerk’s Office

Agencies, Commissions, Boards
www.hhsc.state.tx.us/about_hhsc/HHS_Agencies.html . Texas Health and Human Services
Commission. From here, jump to five main Texas social service agencies.
www.tdcj.state.tx.us - Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
www.txdps.state.tx.us – Texas Department of Public Safety
www.oag.state.tx.us – Texas Attorney General
www.sao.state.tx.us – Texas Auditor’s Office
www.lbb.state.tx.us - Texas Legislative Budget Board
www.tabc.state.tx.us – Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
www.twdb.state.tx.us/home/index.asp - Texas Water Development Board
www.txdot.state.tx.us - TxDOT
www.tdh.state.tx.us/ - Texas Department of State Health Services
www.agr.state.tx.us/index.htm - Texas Department of Agriculture
www.cpa.state.tx.us/ - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

http://www.fboweb.com – Flight tracking, aviation site.
http://www.flightaware.com – FlightAware, track any flight.
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/ - Check airplane N-numbers here.
www.landings.com/ - Aviation.
www.airliners.net – aircraft photo site
www.faa.gov/safety/data_statistics/nasdac/ - FAA Databases
http://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/aptcodesearch.asp - National Aviation Safety Data Airport Codes.
www.ntsb.gov/NTSB/query.asp - NTSB accident database.
www.texasairports.org/ - Texas Airport Management Association
www.dot.state.tx.us/AVN/default.htm - TxDOT’s Aviation division.
www.avweb.com – Aviation site.

www.weatherunderground.com/ - weather.
www.nhc.noaa.gov/ - National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center.
www.fema.gov - Federal Emergency Management Agency.
www.usgs.gov . U.S. Geological Survey, info on any natural disaster affecting the United States.
www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/links.htm - Texas Emergency Management Links
www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/ - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
http://tvmdlweb.tamu.edu / - Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (Mad Cow)

Police, Courts, Etc.
 http://search.officer.com/agencysearch/agencyresult.asp?state=TX - Police in Texas.
http://web1.whs.osd.mil/mmid/casualty/castop.htm - Dead troops.
http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/mcspa.asp. Buses and Trucks, find insurance, owner info.
www.osha.gov/oshstats/index.html - OSHA search page.
www.trackingthethreat.com – Al Qaeda connections
http://www.tkb.org - MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
www.tdcaa.com - Texas DAs and County Attorneys
www.oag.state.tx.us/sitesearch.shtml - Texas Attorney General’s opinions.
www.courts.state.tx.us/oca /. Texas Office of Court Administration, searchable online directory of
all courts in Texas.
www.houstontx.gov/police/phone.htm - Houston PD Phone Directory
www.txlaw.org/clerks.html - Clerks of the Texas Courts

The Government 411
Data, Reports, Good Links
http://odwin.ucsd.edu/idata/ - UC-San Diego’s stat site
www.fpds.gov – Search federal contracts.
www.governing.com/govlinks/glinks.htm - Governing magazine’s quick links for any state’s
www.trac.syr.edu – Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
www.fedstats.gov - Stats search page
www.firstgov.gov – US government portal
www.gpoaccess.gov / - U.S. Government Printing Office
www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ - Bureau of Transportation Stats.
www.publicbonds.org/ - history of public projects funded with bond money.

www.gao.gov – U.S. Government Accountability Office
www.ignet.gov - Inspector Generals of each federal agency
www.osc.state.ny.us/nsaa/ - Search audits from 50 states.

www.campaignfinance.org – IRE/NICAR Campaign Finance Info Center
www.campaignfinance.org/states/index.html - State campaign finance page
www.opensecrets.org -- Center for Responsive Politics Open Secrets
www.politicalmoneyline.com - Political Moneyline.
www.followthemoney.org/ - Institute on Money in State Politics
www.fec.gov - Federal Election Commission
http://forms.irs.gov/politicalOrgsSearch/search/gotoPopularSearch.action - IRS Political
Organization (527s) disclosure
Courts, Crime
www.llrx.com/courtrules/ - Court docket search
http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov/ - PACER, database of federal court cases.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/ - U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics,
www.uscourts.gov/ - Guide to Federal Courts, locations, etc.
www.bop.gov/inmate_locator/index.jsp - Federal Inmate Locator.
www.vinelink.com/offender/searchNew.jsp - County Jail Inmate Locator.
http://www.aca.org/Government / - Prison inspector.
http://news.findlaw.com - Current Legal News

Food Safety
www.usda.gov - USDA
www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/food/index.htm - CDC’s backgrounder site on food illnesses.
www.foodsafety.com/links.html - Penn State’s food safety links.

Charities/Non Profits
www.internet-prospector.org/charities.htm - lists state non-profit databases.
www.guidestar.org – premier non-profit site.

www.census.gov – U.S. Census Bureau.
http://factfinder.census.gov – quick population searches.
http://txsdc.utsa.edu/ - Texas State Data Center

Social Services
http://oig.hhs.gov / - U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state / - U.S. Universities by State.
http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/search.asp - National Center for Education Statistics

www.publicintegrity.org/lobby/default.aspx - The Center for Public Integrity’s Lobby Watch site.
www.opencrs.com/ - Congressional Research Service

sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm - Search public companies’ U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission filings.
www.fpds.gov – federal contracts.
www.sedar.com – Canadian companies
www.briefing.com/ - Market analysis
http://finance.yahoo.com – market analysis
www.topix.net - search engine for info by topic.
www.hoovers.com – business info.
www.cpsc.gov - Consumer Product Safety Commission.
http://fraser.stlouisfed.org – FRASER, economic info from the Federal Reserve.

www.nba.com – official NBA site
www.nfl.com – official NFL site
www.mlb.com – official Major League Baseball site
www.pro-football-reference.com – great football player site
www.baseball-reference.com - great baseball player sites
www.basketball-reference.com – great basketball player reference site
www.hockey-reference.com (under construction)

Public Records/Journalism

www.cjog.net/website.html - Coalition of Journalists for Open Government
www.rcfp.org/ - Reporter’s Committee For Freedom of the Press.
www.ire.org - Tipsheets, databases and story archives galore…but only if you are a member. The
best $55 you will ever spend.
www.brbpub.com/pubrecsites.asp - BRB Publications Public Records

www.tsl.state.tx.us/agency/customer/pia.html - Texas Public Information Act, short version.
www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/2004publicinfohb_toc.shtml - Texas PIA, full version.
www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/pdfs/2002openrec_easy.pdf - Texas Open Records Made
www.nfoic.org/web/resource/texas/texas.htm - Texas FOI Foundation
www.foift.org/pialetter.html - Sample Texas PIA letter

Cool Stuff
www.resourceshelf.com – Resource Shelf
www.researchbuzz.com/wp/ - ResearchBuzz
www.fas.org/blog/secrecy - Secrecy News blog
www.aldaily.com – Arts and Letters Daily
Google Shortcuts


In the Google toolbar, type the following for the task you want.
To define a word, type define: word

To search for a book title, type intitle:title of book

To search for a particular domain or word in a web address, type inurl:domainname.extension.
For example, inurl:nasa.gov.

To lookup a company’s stocks, type stocks:company name
Lookup a company’s stock symbol, type stocks:symbol company name.

To search only on education sites for a definition, type site:edu word, for example, site:edu BSE

To lookup a phone number for a person, type phonebook: lastname state abbreviation. For
example, type phonebook: smith tx to give you all the Smiths in Texas.

To find a phone directory hidden inside a university website, type in inurl:phone
Another way to do the same thing, type lookup faculty staff site:collegedomain.edu

More Google Phonebook Tips (from Google’s Search Tips)
You can direct Google to the Phonebook by typing the following into the search bar:
Phonebook: lastname stateabbreviation

Phonebook: Doe TX

Phonebook: John Doe TX

Type any of the following combinations into the Google Phonebook’s search box:
   • first name (or first initial), last name, city (state is optional)
   • first name (or first initial), last name, state
   • first name (or first initial), last name, area code
   • first name (or first initial), last name, zip code
   • phone number, including area code
   • last name, city, state
   • last name, zip code
Here’s another couple of ways to search by Number
(according to Google’s Search Tips).

Search By Number

Parcel tracking IDs, patents and other specialized numbers can be entered into Google's search
box for quick access
to information about them. For example, typing a FedEx tracking number will return the latest
information on your
 package. Other special search by number types include :

   UPS tracking            example search: "1Z9999W99999999999"
   FedEx tracking          example search: "999999999999"
   USPS tracking           example search: "9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 99"
   Vehicle ID (VIN)        example search: "AAAAA999A9AA99999"
   UPC codes               example search: "073333531084"
   Telephone area          example search: "650"
   Patent numbers          example search: "patent 5123123"
                           Remember to put the word "patent" before your patent
   FAA airplane            example search: "n199ua"
   registration            An airplane's FAA registration number is typically printed
   numbers                 on its tail.
   FCC equipment IDs       example search: "fcc B4Z-34009-PIR"
                           Remember to put the word "fcc" before the equipment ID.

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