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REFERENCE BOOKS / EBOOKS
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, R342.73 E53.
Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, R353.9 T29.
Tennessee Code Annotated, R345.12 T295.
The United States Government Manual 2011, R355 U44.
Search Government & Law databases.
For general Internet searches, use Google Advanced Search to limit to .gov and .mil domains; state government sites also included; find government publications.
NEWS / BLOGS
Connect with Government: Blogs are available from most agencies of the U.S. Government. Browse to find news and information by topic.
U.S. Government RSS Directory: Newsfeeds are available for most agencies of the U.S. Government; browse this site to identify feeds of interest to you.
U.S. Government Youtube Channel. VIDEOS.
Federal Government Sites
GovSpeak: Identify U.S. government agency, office, program and publication acronyms.
American Factfinder: Population, housing, economic, and geographic data for the United States.
American Presidency Project: Contains over 100,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency.
Century of Lawmaking: From the Library of Congress, U.S. Congressional documents and debates from 1774 to 1875.
Cybercemetery: Archive of websites of defunct government agencies and commissions developed by the University of North Texas in cooperation with the USGPO.
FedFlix: Collects the best videos from the U.S. Government; part of the Internet Archive of the Moving Image. VIDEOS.
FedStats: Full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government.
FDSys (formerly GPOAccess): Search or browse government publications, including Code of Federal Regulations (1996-present) and Federal Register (1994-present).
Geo.Data.gov: U.S. Maps & Data: Create maps with data from categories including agriculture, boundaries, economics, geophysics, health, transportation, and water resources.
National Security Archive: Archive of thousands of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. From George Washington University.
Supreme Court: Access Supreme Court documents.
-- See also: LexisNexis Academic Supreme Court Cases and Supreme Court Briefs; Thomson Reuter's FindLaw: U.S. Supreme Court Center; or Oyez, which covers the work of the United States Supreme Court, from 1792 to the present, with audio records of from 1955 to the present.
THOMAS: U.S. Congress on the Internet: Bills & Resolutions, Public Laws, Activity in Congress, Congressional Record, Schedules & Calendars, Committee Information, Presidential Nominations, and Treaties.
USA.gov: Easy-to-search portal to U.S. Government information.
White House: Official website includes a blog, videos and transcripts of speeches, photo galleries, podcasts, and interactive White House tour.
State & Local Government Sites
City of Memphis: Find information for residents, businesses, and visitors.
Shelby County: Information on county offices and services.
Shelby County Code of Ordinances: Search or browse the laws of Shelby County.
State of Tennessee: Find information on education, employment, and government in Tennessee. Includes Tennessee Blue Book,
Tennessee State Resources: Resources from the Government Publications Department at the University of Memphis Library.
Election Information - National
CampaignMoney.com: Find public records of the names of financial donors to federal political campaigns. Data provided by the FEC.
FactCheck.org: Nonpartisan and nonprofit. Monitors factual accuracy of statements by politicians in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
Federal Election Commission: Provides campaign finance information.
Living Room Candidate: Online archive of television advertisting from all presidential campaigns of the television era.
Project Vote Smart: Non-partisan guide to current elected officials and candidates.
Election Information - State & Local
ShelbyVote.com: Shelby County Election Commission site includes Where to Vote (Precinct Locator) and election information for Shelby County and local municipalities.
Coalition for a Better Memphis: Independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization composed of individuals, businesses and organizations.
Tennessee Department of State - Division of Elections: Information on candidates, election dates, voter registration and more.
Tennessee Tax Forms - TN Department of Revenue
Other State Tax Forms - the Federation of Tax Administrators provides direct links to official state websites and tax forms.
IRS Forms & Publications - official IRS website
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Other Tax Help
1040 Central (IRS): Latest news and forms, information about special tax credits, e-filing. Tracks refunds.