We understand that different people search for information in different ways. To support this, the BJS site provides many different ways to navigate. Our content is organized in three distinct ways: by topic; by information type; and by data collection. You can search our content via known key words, release dates, topic, or information type. Finally, a site map and A-Z index are provided for those wishing to get a "bird's eye view" of the information available on the site.
Figure 2 - Expansion of 3rd and 4th level topics list
At any point, clicking on a topic label directly will take you to the page for that particular topic. The topic pages provide access to all associated information resources available, including summary findings, latest releases, publications, data tables, press releases, FAQs, data collections and tools for data analysis. These resources are only visible if they exist for a particular topic.
Figure 3 - Accessing content lists by information type using the top navigation
Once you make a selection from the top navigation, you'll see the applicable listings sorted by title (by default). Click on an item to drill down to get further details. For publications, the headers at the top of the results table are active links that allow you to resort the listings by type (publication, data table, press release), title, or release date.
Figure 4 - Resorting publication index by clicking on header labels
At the top of each of our topic pages, jump links are provided that take you directly to listings (grouped by information type) that apply to that topic. In general, full listings are suppressed to limit scrolling. Links to more extended lists are provided at the end of each section
You will be presented with an index of listings. Click on the data collection title to see the profile page containing descriptions, periodicity, methodologies, data experts, and other details. Listings of related products and topics provide links to the data products and site pages associated with the collection.
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