|Only a few decades ago, e-government was a term that was virtually unknown in academia. However, this topic of research has begun to gain significance exponentially in recent years, perhaps as a result of the growing importance of information technology (IT) in just about every aspect of our lives today. Given e-government``s growing popularity, it only seems appropriate to take a moment now and reflect on the trends, topics, and methods that were utilized in e-government papers thus far. By doing so, it is my hope that this paper will not only shed light on what has occurred in the field already, but also provide some insight in the future of e-government research. It goes without question that many scholars have already conducted research on e-government-related issues during the last three decades, but these analyses were almost always focused on specific topics within the field; furthermore, the majority of these papers included e-government as a peripheral research theme. Generally speaking, this study showed that the field of e-government research has been in tandem with the development of e-government itself; just as IT progressed from being a means of simply computing and digitalizing data to a means of linking multiple systems together and serving "customer" interests, the content of e-government papers shifted from topics such as access" and documentation to networks and e-governance itself.