Helpful Resources

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.

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.”

 

Continued Education

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.

MeL Databases and Resources

Database research provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.

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.

 

Employment

EEOC

Official website of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kalamazoo County Government Jobs

Equal employment opportunities with Kalamazoo county, Michigan.

Michigan Works! Southwest

“Connecting great employees, educators, and employers in Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph counties.”

MLive Jobs

Job opportunities and resources from MLive.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

“Your launch pad for new jobs, careers, and talent!”

 

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.”

 

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.”

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, doctors, et cetera and are not licensed to give legal or medical advice. These websites have been listed for academic purposes only.