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Journalism - J4450 Reporting and Writing I

Government Data

All levels of government collect data that can be very useful to journalists and strategic communication professionals.  This page provides links to local, county, state, federal and international governmental sources where you can locate demographic, economic, business, health, climate and many other datasets.

Columbia/Boone County Resources

Columbia, MO Official Website (

Boone County, MO - Official Boone County MO Website  (

Columbia and Boone County Research Guide created by the Government Documents Librarian

Federal Government Resources

U.S. Federal Government Website (

Federal Government Research Guide - created by the Government Documents Librarian

Global Government Resources

International Government Documents Research Guide created by the Government Documents Librarian

  • International Database (U.S. Census)
  • CIA World Factbook  - global country data aggregated by the CIA
  • United Nations Statistics Division
  • OECD - Global economic and employment data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
  • World Bank Data- The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries.
  • International Monetary Fund Data - created in 1945, The World Bank is an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
  • An Australian data aggregator of global government data, visualizes global statistics.
  • Socrata searches government data