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. If faced with 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
“Encouraging the creation and appreciation of art in southwest Michigan.”
Official website for the Library of Congress.
From Michigan State University, “Special Collections contains over 450,000 printed works, numerous manuscript and archival collections, and an extensive collection of ephemera.”
From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, images, videos, and audio recordings from space exploration and studies.
The official website for the National Archives.
“NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art.”
“The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo.”
“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.”
“A listing of resources that can be used by people in Michigan who are not affiliated with the University of Michigan.”
From the Michigan Electronic Library, databases, articles, and research centered around business, from small to large.
Presented by MLive, directory and reviews of local businesses in Vicksburg and the greater Kalamazoo area.
Charity & Volunteering
“The mission of Generous Hands is to benefit hungry children by addressing their physical, emotional, nutritional, and educational well-being.”
“Gryphon Place connects people and organizations to resolve conflict and crisis, foster volunteerism, and meet community needs.”
“Our mission: To make life better for all through leadership and stewardship of resources that last forever.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.'”
“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.”
An infograph from the Georgia State University Library explaining the basics of Open Educational Resources (OERs).
“The College Prep Guide is a comprehensive online resource guide and directory for your college preparation.”
Learn one or more of 30+ languages for free at Duolingo through immersion with speaking, listening, and writing from lesson one.
Free application for federal financial aid for college, graduate school, and career school.
If you have ever had interest in learning the guitar, now is the time to take a look at virtual lessons on Fender Play. When you sign up for an account, you get three months of virtual lessons for free! Music has proven to be a great help for growing children, from mental fitness to emotional management too! (Fees may apply after initial free period expires)
“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.”
Database research provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with leaders in education, business, labor and workforce development, have launched the nation’s first program offering tuition-free college to an estimated 625,000 Michiganders who provided essential, frontline services during COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders between April – June 2020. Futures for Frontliners, inspired by the GI Bill which provided college degree to those serving their country in WWII, offers Michigan adults without college degrees or high school diplomas who provided essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic a tuition-free pathway to gaining the skills needed to obtain high-demand, high-wage careers. The funding is not only available to those in the medical field, but also essential workers in manufacturing, nursing homes, grocery stores, sanitation, delivery, retail and more.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
A libguide from the Lansing Community College Library and OER specialist Regina Gong. An overview of all things OER related.
Research guidance and citation help in a number of different academic writing styles.
Presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago, this infographic displays many of the issues revolving around plagiarism in the classroom today.
Free credit score and report card so you can keep track of your financial status.
“The Step Forward Michigan Program was established by the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MHA) to help Michigan homeowners stay in their homes.”
The latest federal tax forms available from the IRS.
The latest tax forms and notices available from the State of Michigan.
Government & Legal
Published by the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Quick links for services provided by the Secretary of State offices.
Directory of lawyers covering various legal issues.
Official website for the city of Kalamazoo.
Official website for the county of Kalamazoo.
“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.”
From the Michigan Legislature website.
From the Michigan Legislature, the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963.
“It is our mission to provide businesses, especially small businesses, with the services, resources, and information they need to manage their work forces.”
Official website of the Michigan House of Representatives.
“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.”
Official website of the Michigan Senate.
“This online member directory provides basic information about attorneys licensed to practice in Michigan.”
From the Michigan Legislature, information about owning, registering, and operating a vehicle in the state of Michigan.
A service of the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense.
Information for applying for citizenship in the United States, obtaining/renewing a green card, and more.
Information for voters in the state of Michigan, including registration, poll locations, and absentee ballots.
Health & Wellness
“AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.”
“The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the US.”
“Trusted medical advice from the American Academy of Family Physicians.”
“Live well. Learn how.” An overview of health topics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A Vicksburg District Library favorite, Tai Chi instructor Ed Kehoe, has his own channel on YouTube. On Kehoe’s Martial Arts, he demonstrates different forms of Tai Chi along with Qigong, Karate, and more!
“Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all its earnings into improving medical practice, research, and education.”
“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.”
The official website for medicare in the United States.
“Trusted health information for you.” From the National Institutes of Health.
“We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.”
“Your Guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions. Operated by Stephen Barrett, M.D.”
Adriene Mishler’s YouTube channel is filled with lots of different types of yoga, from beginner to advanced. There are also different types of yoga to target different types of challenges and issues, such as building core strength, helping to calm anxiety, stretching to promote energy and stamina, as well as winding down with calm meditation.
Information Literacy & 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Are your students drowning in information, misinformation, and downright bunk?…Teaching information literacy skills has never been more important.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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 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.”
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 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.”
“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.”
“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’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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 Workplace Advocates is the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer workplace equality.”
“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 (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.”
Part of the Federal Trade Commission.
Research for buying a car, comparing gas mileage, benefits, and more for your automobile.
Directory and information for choosing childcare and early education in your local area.
Research and pricing for new and used cars.
“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.”
“AASA’s mission is to provide statewide leadership, direction, and resources to support Michigan’s aging, adult services, and disability networks, with the aim of helping residents live with dignity and purpose.”
“Through this free service, specialists and master’s-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with the disease, caregivers, families, and the public.”
“AAA provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy to vulnerable adults and their caregivers.”
“Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.”
Part of the Michigan Pension Rights Project, from the Department of the Attorney General.
“Our mission: To empower local community programs to improve the health and quality of life of the seniors they serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated.”
“We offer a variety of programs to protect, encourage independence and advocate for frail and vulnerable adults in Michigan. Our programs can assist you with independent living (home help), adult foster care and home for the aged, adult protective services, and support for those dealing with HIV/AIDS.”
“Our mission: To educate, counsel, and empower Michigan’s older adults and individuals with disabilities, and those who serve them, so that they can make informed health benefit decisions.”
“With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation’s history.”