Google Public Data Search

by librarianinheels@evpl on Friday, May 1 2009, 9:48am. Viewed 787 times.

One of the great things about Google that not many are aware of is its versatility when it comes to finding information.  For example, if you want to know how to convert $500 into Euros, go to, type in 500 dollars in euros, and hit enter.  You'll get the value of US Dollars to Euros at the current level of exchange.

Now it's possible to search for public data records using Google that may be otherwise difficult, or at least cumbersome, to find.  For example, if you want to know the Unemployment Rate in Vanderburgh County, go to, type in "unemployment rate Vanderburgh County Indiana" (without the quotes), and hit enter.  You'll get a direct link, with a graphic, at the top of the search page.  When you click on the graphic, or the accompanying link, you're directed to statistics from the US Department of Labor housed on Google. 

For more information, visit the Official Google blog on how to perform these public records searches and what more will be added. 


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