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Hawaiian 605: Ka Hana Noi'i (Research Methods): Land, Air & Water

Introduction to Government Documents

U.S. Geological Survey

The USGS produces maps and geospatial data for the U.S. and its territories. It also produces scientific reports about natural hazards such as earthquakes and floods, volcanoes, and ground and surface water. In addition, the U.S. Biological Survey is part of the USGS. Search for full-text USGS documents in the USGS Publications Warehouse.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO publishes scientific research, conference proceedings, and statistical reports about agriculture, forestry, fishing, irrigation, rural development, and many other topics. Search for its publications in the FAO Documents Repository.

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA produces studies and enforces laws relating to waste, pollution, environmental contaminants, and other areas. Search for its publications in the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP).

For more information, refer to the EPA guide.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA produces statistical reports about crops, forestry, forest fires, farmland, irrigation, rural development, food production, nutrition, and other agriculture-related topics. Refer to the USDA guide for more information. USDA research facilities publish research reports about agricultural products, pests, recreation, and other subjects.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA sponsors research and produces data about weather, climate, oceans, fisheries, and other subjects. Refer to the NOAA guide for more information.

Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian publishes scientific studies about flora and fauna, geology, archaeology, and other areas. Search for its publications in the Smithsonian Digital Collections.