Magazine article Technology & Learning

MyGovernment

Magazine article Technology & Learning

MyGovernment

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www.gale.cengage.com/mygovernment* Price: Pricing for individual school libraries starts at $795 for a one-year subscription, with district pricing available by quote.

MyGovernment is an online tool that not only explains the hierarchy and workings of federal, state, and local governments, but allows anyone to locate, research, and contact all elected officials.

Quality and Effectiveness: This is a fine tool for student citizens who want to make their voice be heard. Using the WHO tab, the user can search by name, or browse legislative chambers, state and federal government, or counties and their municipalities. From the WHAT tab, one can search for committee members, or target the departments that deal with certain issues. From the WHERE tab, a citizen can locate all elected officials who represent him, from the White House to local municipality, simply by entering a full street address or expanded zip code. But, MyGovernment is more than an index; it also provides biographies of many of the officials included, lists their committee and subcommittee memberships, and gives a voting history. …

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