Chapter 2
Active Citizenship Today, Chapter 2: Choosing and Researching a Problem

Newspaper Search | Searching the Library | Searching Online | Evaluating Web Sites | Searching Government | Searching the Local Media | Searching Businesses | Searching Non-Profits

Newspaper Search

U.S. Newspapers by State Links to online versions of newspapers. From NewsLink.

U.S. Newspaper and News Media Guide From ABYZ News Links.

Searching the Library

How to Find Information in a Library A Congressional Research Service Report.

Seven Steps of the Research Process From Cornell University.

LibWeb Search for libraries by typing in your city or town.

Other Libraries Yahoo's list of libraries online.

LibDex An index to online libraries.

Searching Online

Research Links A great place to start your Internet research.

Yahoo Directory: Issues and Causes

Open Directory Project: Society Issues

Google Directory: Society Issues

>Evaluating Web Sites

Find It on the Internet A tutorial for searching the Internet.

Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources By Esther Grassian, UCLA College Library.

Evaluating Web Resources by Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate, Widener University.

Bare Bones Lesson 5: Evaluating Web Pages From University of South Carolina, Beaufort Library.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask From the U.C. Berkeley Library.

Evaluation Criteria By Susan E. Beck, Head, Reference & Research, Services Department, New Mexico State University Library.

Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools From the Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University.

Evaluating Web Sites From Ludcke Library, Lesley University.

Evaluation Rubrics for Websites From Loogootee Community Schools.

Critical Evaluation Information Links to many sites on evaluating web pages. From Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators.

Process Guide #3: Evaluating Web Page Content By Dan McDowell, Triton and Patterns Projects, San Diego Unified School District.

Searching Government

Find Elected Officials

Find Your Representative From Project Vote Smart.

Find Elected Officials including the president, members of Congress, governors, state legislators, local officials, and more. From e.thePeople.

City Government

National League of Cities Membership Rosters by State

Open Directory Project: Localities Links to local areas, including local governments. Click on the state, the letter of the city, and the name of the city. A web site for the local government should be listed.

Google Directory: Localities Links to local areas, including local governments. Click on the state, the letter of the city, and the name of the city. A web site for the local government should be listed.

News Directory: City Governments Links to city governments in each state.

State and Local Government on the Net

County Government

Find a County

Open Directory Project: Counties To find a county government, click on the state and then on the county and scroll down.

Google Directory: Counties To find a county government, click on the state and then on the county and scroll down.

News Directory: County Governments Links to the county governments in each state.

100 Most Populous County Governments Links to their web sites.

School Districts

School Districts in the United States Links to school districts' web sites.

Dueling Modems' Links to U.S. School Districts Links to school districts' web sites.

Open Directory Project: United States To find a school district, click on the state, education, school districts, by county, and the name of the county.

State Government

SH Governments of the 50 States Links to the governor, legislature, courts, and the official site of each state.

National Governors Association: Current Governors List with links to the governor of each state.

State Government Contact and Resource and Contact Information Select your state and find your governor and state representatives. From Project Vote Smart.

Google Web Directory: Education by State To find a school district, click on the state, school district, by county, and the name of the county.

State Government Report Cards An evaluation of the state of each state. From Governing Magazine.

Federal Government

U.S. Senate To find your two senators, choose your state in the "Find Your Senators" box.

U.S. House of Representatives To find your representative and congressional district, type your ZIP code in the box under "Find Your Representative."

Thomas U.S. Congress on the Internet.

White House

FirstGov An easy way to navigate through U.S. federal government resources.

Searching the Local Media

U.S. Newspapers by State Links to online versions of newspapers. From NewsLink.

Media Guide Enter your ZIP Code and the site will list all your local media outlets. From Act for Change.

U.S. Newspaper and News Media Guide From ABYZ News Links.

TV Stations by State From NewsLink.

USA TV Stations by State From Mondo Times.

Television in U.S. States From Yahoo Directory.

Radio Stations by State From NewsLink.

Searching Businesses

World Chamber of Commerce Directory Enter the name of the city and find its Chamber of Commerce. From

Search Chamber From World Chambers Network.

Chamber Directory Find local chapters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

100 Best Corporate Citizens An annual list compiled by Business Ethics magazine.

Kiwanis Family Links Choose the letter of the city you want.

Rotary International Club Locator

Lions Clubs International Club Locator

Elks Local Lodges Online

Jaycees Chapter Locator

FIND Businesses, Products and Services in Your Area From SuperPages.

InfoSpace: Yellow and White Pages

Amazon: Yellow Pages Scroll down to browse by region.

Searching Non-Profits

Search Engines

 Guidestar: The National Database of Non-Profit Organizations

WeTooCare Find non-profits. Find non-profits.

Internet Nonprofit Center Information for and about non-profits.

Find a Charity From Local Independent Charities of America.

Advocacy Organizations

Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood Link Find neighborhood associations and other groups by entering the ZIP Code.

Unions Lists unions by state.

Yahoo Directory: Labor Unions: United States

Open Directory Project: Unions

Google Directory: Labor: United States

Political Groups

Political Advocacy Groups A listing of national political advocacy organizations arranged by the issue they are interested in.

Open Directory Project: United States: Politics

Google Directory: Politics

Environmental Groups

Yahoo Directory: Environmental and Nature Organizations

Open Directory Project: Environment: Organizations

Google Directory: Environment: Organizations

Service and Volunteer Groups

United Way


Hotlines A listing from the UCLA School Mental Health Project.

Hotlines and Helplines From Focus Adolescent Services.

United States Hotlines From The Zero.

Information & Referral Resources From

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Groups

Yahoo Directory: Substance Abuse Organizations

Open Directory Project: Substance Abuse: Organizations

Google Directory: Substance Abuse: Organizations

Children and Youth Programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters



Yahoo Directory: Youth Organizations

Open Directory Project: Youth: Organizations

Google Directory: Kids and Teens: Organizations

Disaster Relief Programs

American Red Cross

Yahoo Directory: Disaster Relief Organizations

Open Directory Project: Disaster Relief and Recovery

Google Directory: Disaster Relief and Recovery

Employment Programs

Yahoo Directory: Employment Organizations

Food and Shelter Programs

Yahoo Directory: Hunger Organizations

Open Directory Project: Hunger Relief

Google Directory: Hunger Relief

Yahoo Directory: Homeless Organizations

Open Directory Project: Homeless

Google Directory: Homeless

Yahoo Directory: Homeless Shelters

Health Programs

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Arthritis Foundation

Yahoo Directory: Diseases and Conditions: Organizations

Open Directory Project: Conditions and Diseases

Google Directory: Conditions and Diseases

Open Directory Project: Health Organizations

Google Directory: Health Organizations

Immigration Programs

Yahoo Directory: U.S. Immigration and Naturalization: Organizations

Google Directory: Immigration

Legal Programs

Yahoo Directory: Law Organizations: Legal Aid

Open Directory Project: Legal Aid

Google Directory: Legal Aid

Literacy Programs

Yahoo Directory: Adult Education: Literacy Organizations

Yahoo Directory: K-12 Literacy Organizations

Open Directory Project: Literacy

Google Directory: Literacy

Senior Citizen Programs

Yahoo Directory: Seniors: Organizations

Open Directory Project: Seniors: Social Resources and Services: United States

Google Directory: Seniors: Organizations

Women's Programs

Yahoo Directory: Women: Organizations

Open Directory Project: Women: Organizations

Google Directory: Women: Organizations

Yahoo Directory: Battered Women

Open Directory Project: Women: Domestic Violence

Google Directory: Domestic Violence

Yahoo Directory: Rape Organizations

Open Directory Project: Sex Offenses: Organizations

Google Directory: Rape: Organizations

Church and Religious Groups

Yahoo Directory: Religious Organizations

Open Directory Project: Churches: United States

Open Directory Project: Religious Organizations

Google Directory: Organizations: Religious

Fraternal Organizations

GreekPages Links to fraternities and sororities.

Yahoo Directory: Service Clubs

Open Directory Project: Organizations: Social

Google Directory: Service Clubs

Yahoo Directory: Fraternities and Sororities

Open Directory Project: Fraternities and Sororities

Google Directory: Fraternities and Sororities

Educational Organizations

Constitutional Rights Foundation

Close Up Foundation

Yahoo Directory: Education Organizations

Open Directory Project: Education: Organizations

Google Directory: Organizations: Education