The following lists a variety of links to useful online resources that may help with the management and information searches of day to day life.

Please note: If you are looking for agencies that may be more useful in an emergency or in times of strife or crisis, we recommend you look over our page, Urgent Contacts. In a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Thank you.

Disclaimer: The Vicksburg District Library does not endorse the views or opinions expressed by the following agencies. No monetary exchange has occurred by the library or any of these agencies. Furthermore, the librarians of Vicksburg District Library are not lawyers or doctors and are not licensed to give legal or medical advice. These websites have been listed for academic purposes only.

Arts & Studies

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

“Encouraging the creation and appreciation of art in southwest Michigan.”

Library of Congress

Official website for the Library of Congress.

MSU Special Collections

From Michigan State University, “Special Collections contains over 450,000 printed works, numerous manuscript and archival collections, and an extensive collection of ephemera.”

NASA Image and Video Library

From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, images, videos, and audio recordings from space exploration and studies.

National Archives

The official website for the National Archives.

National Gallery of Art

“NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art.”

The Smithsonian

“The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo.”

U of M Special Collections Research Center

“The Special Collections Research Center acquires, cares for, interprets, and promotes the use of important collections, of unique, rare, primary source, and other material in all formats and in a variety of subject areas, and is responsible for the majority of the U-M Library’s Special Collections collection area.”

Business

Business Information for Michigan Residents

“A listing of resources that can be used by people in Michigan who are not affiliated with the University of Michigan.”

MeL Business INFORMATION

From the Michigan Electronic Library, databases, articles, and research centered around business, from small to large.

Michigan Business Directory

Presented by MLive, directory and reviews of local businesses in Vicksburg and the greater Kalamazoo area.

Charity & Volunteering

Generous Hands

“The mission of Generous Hands is to benefit hungry children by addressing their physical, emotional, nutritional, and educational well-being.”

Gryphon Place

“Gryphon Place connects people and organizations to resolve conflict and crisis, foster volunteerism, and meet community needs.”

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

“Our mission: To make life better for all through leadership and stewardship of resources that last forever.”

Oneplace

From the Kalamazoo Public Library, “ONEplace@kpl is a management support organization offering resources and services to nonprofit staff, board, and volunteers in Kalamazoo county.”

Volunteer Kalamazoo

“Gryphon Place has taken on the services of our Volunteer Kalamazoo as of August 2016. Our volunteer services build capacity for effective local volunteering, connects people with opportunities to volunteer, and promotes volunteerism in our community.”

Coding

Codecademy

“If you know how to read you can learn how to code. Our online coding tutorials with easy-to-follow instructions, immediate feedback, and a tested curriculum take anyone from non-technical to ‘I can code.'”

Free Code Camp

“Our mission: to help people learn to code for free. We accomplish this by creating thousands of videos, articles, and interactive coding lessons – all freely available to the public. We also have thousands of FreeCodeCamp study groups around the world.”

Continued Education

A Quick Guide to OERs

An infograph from the Georgia State University Library explaining the basics of Open Educational Resources (OERs).

College Prep Guide

“The College Prep Guide is a comprehensive online resource guide and directory for your college preparation.”

Duolingo

Learn one or more of 30+ languages for free at Duolingo through immersion with speaking, listening, and writing from lesson one.

Federal Student Aid

Free application for federal financial aid for college, graduate school, and career school.

Khan Academy

“A personalized learning resource for all ages. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.”

MeL Databases and Resources

Database research provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.

Mooc.org

“Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide and affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career, and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.”

MOOC List

“Find with multiple criteria MOOC and Free Online Courses from Coursera, edX, Future Learn, and other top providers and universities in a wide range of categories and subjects.”

OER Commons

“The worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. This shift in education practice is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it’s about participation and co-creation. Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning.”

Open Educational Resources

A libguide from the Lansing Community College Library and OER specialist Regina Gong. An overview of all things OER related.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Research guidance and citation help in a number of different academic writing styles.

The Reality and Solution of College Plagiarism

Presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago, this infographic displays many of the issues revolving around plagiarism in the classroom today.

Financial

Credit Sesame

Free credit score and report card so you can keep track of your financial status.

Tax Forms – Federal

The latest federal tax forms available from the IRS.

TAX FORM – STATE

The latest tax forms and notices available from the State of Michigan.

Government & Legal

Americans with Disabilities guides and Regulations

Published by the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

ExpressSOS.com: No-wait Secretary of State

Quick links for services provided by the Secretary of State offices.

FIND LAW

Directory of lawyers covering various legal issues.

Kalamazoo (City)

Official website for the city of Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo (County)

Official website for the county of Kalamazoo.

Michigan child Support Formula Manuel – 2017

“As part of its responsibilities, the Friend of the Court Bureau developed a formula guideline for figuring child support obligation amounts. The law requires courts to use this formula when setting or changing child support obligations.”

Michigan Compiled Laws Index

From the Michigan Legislature website.

Michigan Constitution

From the Michigan Legislature, the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963.

Michigan Employment & Labor Laws

“It is our mission to provide businesses, especially small businesses, with the services, resources, and information they need to manage their work forces.”

Michigan House of Representatives

Official website of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Michigan Legal help

“For people who are handling their legal problems without a lawyer, it can help you learn about your legal problems and help you get ready for court.”

Michigan Senate

Official website of the Michigan Senate.

Michigan State Bar Association Membership Directory and Referral Service

“This online member directory provides basic information about attorneys licensed to practice in Michigan.”

Michigan Vehicle Code

From the Michigan Legislature, information about owning, registering, and operating a vehicle in the state of Michigan.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Information for applying for citizenship in the United States, obtaining/renewing a green card, and more.

Voter Registration Information

Information for voters in the state of Michigan, including registration, poll locations, and absentee ballots.

Health & Wellness

AARP

“AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the US.”

FamilyDoctor.org

“Trusted medical advice from the American Academy of Family Physicians.”

Healthfinder.gov

“Live well. Learn how.” An overview of health topics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Mayo Clinic

“Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all its earnings into improving medical practice, research, and education.”

Medical Encyclopedia

“The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.”

Medicare

The official website for medicare in the United States.

Medline Plus

“Trusted health information for you.” From the National Institutes of Health.

Quack Watch

“Your Guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions. Operated by Stephen Barrett, M.D.”

Information Literacy & Reliable Resources

Guide to Reliable Resources

“Being able to access the reliability of the information on which you base your decisions is of great importance both to your own individual life as well as your contribution to the society in which you live.”

Information Literacy – What to Know

“Today’s digital landscape offers young people unprecedented access to tools and resources for learning…foundational information and digital literacy skills…can help set kids up for success as lifelong learners.”

Is My Source Credible?

“The definition of a credible source can change depending on the discipline, but in general…a credible source is one that is unbiased and is backed up with evidence.”

Snopes

“When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes.com’s fact checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. We always document our sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds.”

Teaching Information Literacy Skills

“Are your students drowning in information, misinformation, and downright bunk?…Teaching information literacy skills has never been more important.”

What is Information Literacy?

Per Wesleyan University: “Increasingly, information is available in unfiltered formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability. This abundance of information is of little help to those who have not learned how to use it effectively.”

LGBTQ+

ACLU

“For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.”

American Veterans for Equal Rights

“A non-profit, non-partisan, chapter-based Veterans Service Organization of active, reserve, and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender current and prior military personnel who have been historically disenfranchised by armed forces policy and discriminatory laws governing military service and benefits.”

Bisexual Resource Center

“The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.”

CenterLink

“CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources.”

COLAGE

“COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents or caregivers into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.”

Equality Federation

A political group dedicated to bringing equality to all in the LGBTQ+ community. “We won’t stop until all LGBTQ+ people are fully empowered and represented in their communities and experience full equality in their lives.”

GMHC

“GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.”

Human Rights Campaign

“As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.”

Lambda Legal

“Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.”

The Matthew Shepard Foundation

“The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s longstanding mission is to erase hate by replacing it with understanding, compassion, and acceptance. Through local, regional, and national outreach, we empower individuals to find their voice to create change and challenge communities to identify and address hate that lives within their schools, neighborhoods, and homes.”

Modern Military Association of America

“The Modern Military Association of America is the nation’s largest non-profit organization for the LGBTQ military and veteran community. We are committed to education, advocacy and support for LGBTQ service members, veterans, military spouses, family members and allies.”

National Center for Transgender Equality

“Advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.”

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

“The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender older adults.”

Out & Equal

“Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer workplace equality.”

SAGE – Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders

“SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers.”

Transgender Law Center

“Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.”

Miscellaneous

Fuel Economy Guide

Research for buying a car, comparing gas mileage, benefits, and more for your automobile.

Great Start to Quality

Directory and information for choosing childcare and early education in your local area.

Kelley Blue Book

Research and pricing for new and used cars.

Trulia

“We believe that when it comes to finding a home, what’s outside the front door is just as important as what’s behind it.”