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The U.S. Government by Mike WilsonCampaigning for President by Jordan WrightTen Tortured Words : How the Founding Fathers Tried to Protect Religion in America-- And What's Happened Since  by Stephen  MansfieldI.O.U.S.A by Addison WigginThe Thirteen American Arguments : Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country  by Howard Fineman

Filing Your Claim for Unemployment Benefits & Finding a Job


Provided by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and Michigan Works!

Community Resources

60th District Service Office

American Civil Liberties Union - Southwestern Michigan Branch

Kalamazoo County Council of Governments

League of Women Voters of the Kalamazoo Area

Results - Kalamazoo Chapter

Congress - House of Representatives - 6th District Michigan

West Michigan Environmental Action Council

State and Local Websites

Executive (Michigan)

General (Michigan)

Attorney General

Consumer protection, the steps necessary to file a complaint, a list of Attorney General opinions, and department literature and publications.

Citizens Research Council of Michigan

It's objective is to provide factual, unbiased independent information on significant issues concerning state and local government organization and finance.

Corrections, Michigan Department of (Offender Search)

Locate victim resources and an offender search database through the Michigan Department of Corrections web site, that also features prison locations, publications, and information about rehabilitation programs.

FAST (Family Automated Screening Tool)

For clients of the Department of Human Services receiving cash assistance.

Library of Michigan Depository Library Information

Michigan E-Citizens

This site is about expanding participation in government, encouraging community involvement, promoting a strong democracy, and improving government accountability.

Michigan State - List of Pages on the Website

Michigan Women's Commission

OnlineResources ofr women in Michigan, including women-owned businesses, safety and health, women in technology, economic independence, and running for office.

Secretary of State Office

Michigan's Secretary of State Office has important information about driver's licenses, registration and plates, auto insurance, employment opportunities, and the organ and tissue donation committee.

Sex Offender Registry

Official Internet source for Michigan Sex Offender Registration information.

State License Search

Find out if your new business venture or occupation requires a state license.

Unemployment Insurance Agency

Includes how to file for unemployment online.

Voter Information Center

Judicial (Michigan)

Supreme Court - Plus Link to Other State Law Agencies

Biographical sketches of judges, a court overview, court rules, filing requirements, court opinions, and much more.

Legislative (Michigan)

Citizen's Guide to State Government - Michigan Legislature

Read or print off the online version of the Citizen's Guide to State Government pamphlet.

Find Your State Representative

Find Your State Senator

House of Representatives

Locate information about state legislative issues, members, events, and party positions. Kalamazoo area  District 60; District 61; District 63.

Michigan Legislative Notification Service

Register to be notified by email about new bills, bill status changes, and legislation sponsors.

Michigan Legislature

Find bills, compiled laws, public acts and more.

State Senate

Locate legislative information about the Michigan State Senate, contact information of elected officials, noteworthy issues of debate, and session schedules.

Locators (Michigan)

Michigan State Gov - Help and Contacts

Contains state government contact information, including addresses, phone numbers, and commonly asked questions.

Michigan State Government Website

The one step to information links about and for Michigan government, including access to departments, agencies, educational resources, reports, statistics, news, and much more.

State and Local Government on the Net - Also Links to National Organizations

Convenient one-stop access to the web sites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments.

Federal Websites


Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Codification of the general and permanent codes published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government.

Compilation of Presidential Documents

The Digest of White House Announcements, Nominations Submitted to the Senate, Checklist of White House Press Releases, and Acts Approved by the President, as released on a daily and weekly basis.

Economic Report of the President

Overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States

Official publication of United States presidential writings, addresses, and remarks, from George H.W. Bush, forward.

White House

Locate  general information about the President of the United States, including his policies, agenda, White  and much more here

Whitehouse for Kids

News, activities and games about the White House and the Presidents.


American FactFinder

Your source for population, economic, housing, geographic data and more, from a variety of U.S. Census Bureau surveys.

Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970* - Part 1

Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970* - Part 2

Budget of the United States Government

Contains  budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications issued throughout the fiscal year.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Department of Labor

Principal fact-finding federal agency in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Database of all Federal assistance programs.

Census Facts

Link to KPL's Census Topic Guide for census information.

Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation

Country Studies/Area Handbooks

Description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Economic Indicators

Economic information on gross domestic product, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, Federal finance, and international statistics, from April 1995 to present.

Federal Register

Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. 1994-present.

GPO Sales Product Catalog

Access the online bookstore for U.S. Government publications, available for purchase from the U.S. Government Printing Office.

Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Thurgood Marshall Law Library's complete electronic record of United States Commission on Civil Rights publications held in the Library's collection and available on the USCCR Web site.

National Archives and Records Administration

Access our national heritage through the various kinds of documents and records stored at the National Archives and Records Administration, including The U.S. Constitution, genealogical resources, and The Bill of Rights.

National Atlas of the United States of America

Visit an online atlas of the United States, including access to easy-to-use tools to display, manipulate, and query National Atlas data so that users can produce their own relevant information.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Social Security Handbook

U.S Government Manual

Official handbook of the Federal Government.

USA PATRIOT Act in the Library

Info about the U.S. Patriot Act, its impact on libraries, librarians, and library users, from the American Library Association.

World Factbook - CIA Publications

Statistical data, maps, quantitative research, geography, government types, population make up and economics.


FedWorld/FLITE Supreme Court Decisions Home Page

This web site is a gateway to government information, including federal job postings, IRS tax forms, Supreme Court decisions, and an array of government reports.

Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Supreme Court Nomination Hearings (1971 - forward)


Congressional Bills - via GPO Access

All published bills from the 103rd Congress (1993-1994) forward.

Congressional Directory - Official Directory of the U.S. Congress

Bios, committee appointments, terms of service, staff and contact info for members of Congress. Provides info about other federal govenment officials, too.

Congressional Record

Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published daily when Congress is in session. 

Federal Legislative Branch

U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives from USA.Gov.

Find Your U.S. Representative

Includes contact and biographical information.

Find Your U.S. Senator

Includes contact and biographical information.

Helps the public track and research activity in Congress. - Federal Legislation

Fetches the status of federal legislation daily from official websites. Easy to search, browse and understand.

Legislative Research - Library of Congress

A one stop guide to the legislative branch of the federal government, including bill summary and status, congressional contact information, and a comprehensive FAQ section about how to navigate the site.

Public and Private Laws (Slip Laws)

Enacted by Congress from the 104th Congress (1995) to the present.

Statutes at Large via FDSys

Permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress.

Statutes at Large via Library of Congress

U.S. Code

Codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the U.S., starting in 1994.

U.S. House of Representatives

Contact information, news updates, bill overviews, and more.


Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

A site designed to introduce children to the different levels, agencies, and functions of the United States government

Browse Topics from the GPO

This GPO and Oklahoma State University library project arranges U.S. Government sites by topic. The main list of topics is based upon the Guide to U.S. Government Information also known as The Subject Bibliographies Index.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Finding tool for government publications.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy

Direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society.

Federal Agency Internet Sites

Stepping stone to federal agency websites.

Federal Digital System (FDSys)

Website supplied by U.S. Government Printing Office to enable access to key federal government electronic collections of info.

Federal Government Info on the Net via GPO Access - Search Multiple Databases Simultaneously

Make your search for government information more thorough by using this site, that allows for multidatabase search capabilities.

Fedstats: One Stop Shopping Federal Statistics

The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

Resources to determine if eligible to receive government benefits or assistance.

Government Information Online

Chat online with a government information librarian.

Science.Gov - FirstGov for Science

A gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

Access hundreds of statistical reports regarding a variety of subjects including population, education, health, vital statisistics, and banking.

Subject Bibliographies

Browse U.S government bookstore titles by topic.

View all Topic Guides

Nighttime close up view of Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

Nighttime close up view of Capitol Building, home of the United States Congress, Washington D.C.