Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Table of Contents

The aim of this site is to point you to government information resources that will help you add realistic details to the stories you write. Writer’s Guide to Government Information was created by Daniel Cornwall and is maintained by Kari Mofford. If you want to drop her a line, use the contact pageNOTE: This site is no longer maintained and I am in the process of moving the blog posts to the new version of this site, please see the Fiction Writer’s Guide to Reality: Government Information Resources That Provide Facts for Your Fiction for new posts.

Clicking on the titles below will take you to a list of resources in that area. You may also wish to use the search box in the upper right hand corner of this page or explore the tag cloud.

 About the Site – Background about how this site came to be.


Appendices – Articles to make your research easier

Contact Kari

3 thoughts on “Table of Contents

  1. alibrariangirl on said:

    Wow. You have proven that government info is not boring. This is some cool stuff!

  2. Selene B. on said:

    This is awesome, thank you!

    Another area of resources that would be useful to writers would be immigration — both from history (like, when did people from X country start migrating to the US in large numbers) and current immigration procedure. Apologies if you already have links to this and I just didn’t see them!

    • Daniel Cornwall on said:

      Hi Selene, No need to apologize. There were no immigration links to find. I agree with you that adding some immigration resources would be useful. I will add this to the list of things I’d like to do once the appendices are done.

      In the meantime, here are a couple of quick links that might be of help:

      Immigration and Citizenship from USA.gov
      http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Defense/Citizenship.shtml – includes tips on applying for citizenship and resources on the green card lottery.

      Library of Congress Lesson Plans on Immigration
      http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/#topic200 – aimed at elementary and middle school students it draws on a number of primary source materials about a number of immigrant groups from a number of eras.

      Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll try and do something more formal after the rest of the original book material is finished.

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