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Mar 18 2008

Learn About Your Government

by Chris S

A few months ago we had a couple of posts about choosing presidential candidates (original here and follow up here). Now that one party has settled on a candidate, and the other race seems to have reached a temporary stalemate, consider taking this time to learn more about your federal, state, and local governments and how they work.

Federal Government

The Library subscribes to databases provided by Congressional Quarterly (CQ) that you can use to learn about the inner workings of the U.S. Government:

CQ Researcher – “CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of
health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs,
education, the environment, technology, and the economy” [from their site]. This database allows you to search by issue or topic.

CQ Congress Collection – Delve into past and present legislation and learn how these laws affect our everyday lives.

CQ Supreme Court Collection – Search through cases, both famous and obscure, that have shaped the way we all think about our U.S. Constitution, including the biggies like Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and many others.

If it’s books you want, the Dewey Decimal call number for politics and government are in the 320s.

American history books are in the 973s and the most recent political histories are at 973.31.

Georgia State Government

Your one-stop link is Georgia.gov, which allows you to search by branch or agency of state government. There are also many print resources that we keep in our reference departments, including copies of the Official Code of Georgia, and many local histories.

For information on elected state officials, visit the League of Women Voters of Georgia web site.

DeKalb County Government

The main county web site is www.co.dekalb.ga.us, where you can find many contact numbers for departments and county commissioners. For information about DeKalb County elected officials check out the League of Women Voters of Dekalb County.

Also, check out the Government & Law links on our web site, where you’ll find convenient links to city governments in DeKalb County and other government agencies in the Metro Atlanta area.

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