Gotta Love Dot Gov

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Federal, state, and local government agencies produce some of the most helpful websites out there, but how well do you know them? Join Skokie Public Library reference librarian Steven Jablonski for a tour of online government resources every librarian should know about.

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Gotta Love Dot Gov

  1. 1. Gotta Love Dot Gov Steven Jablonski Skokie Public Library
  2. 2. Why Use Dot Gov Web Sites? <ul><li>Reliable </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Practical </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dot Gov Drawbacks <ul><li>Multitude of Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Information Duplicated and Divided </li></ul>
  4. 4. Major Portals <ul><li>USA.gov </li></ul><ul><li>www.usa.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois.gov www.illinois.gov </li></ul>
  5. 5. Most Popular Topics on USA.gov <ul><li>Benefits and Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Buying from the Government </li></ul><ul><li>International Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration and Naturalization </li></ul>
  6. 6. Consumer Concerns <ul><li>Consumer Action Website www.consumeraction.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer.gov www.consumer.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois Commerce Commission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.icc.illinois.gov/consumer </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Consumer Complaints <ul><li>Illinois Attorney General Consumer Complaint Page www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/filecomplaint.html </li></ul><ul><li>FTC’s File a Complaint https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Dangerous Products <ul><li>Recalls.gov </li></ul><ul><li>www.recalls.gov </li></ul><ul><li>FoodSafety.gov www.foodsafety.gov </li></ul>
  9. 9. Recycling <ul><li>Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County www.swancc.org </li></ul>
  10. 10. Save Energy <ul><li>EnergySavers.gov www.energysavers.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Fueleconomy.gov www.fueleconomy.gov </li></ul>
  11. 11. Be Alert for Fraud <ul><li>FTC’s Phone Fraud Page www.ftc.gov/phonefraud </li></ul><ul><li>OnGuard Online www.onguardonline.gov </li></ul>
  12. 12. Identity Theft <ul><li>FTC’s Identity Theft Page www.ftc.gov/idtheft </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois AG Identity Theft Hotline www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/hotline.html </li></ul>
  13. 13. Managing Money <ul><li>MyMoney.gov www.mymoney.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Helpwithmybank.gov www.helpwithmybank.gov </li></ul>
  14. 14. Coping with the Economic Downturn <ul><li>EconomicRecovery.gov www.economicrecovery.gov </li></ul><ul><li>HUD Avoiding Foreclosure Page www.hud.gov/foreclosure </li></ul><ul><li>FDIC’s Bank Ratings Page www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/bank/index.html </li></ul>
  15. 15. Help for Job Seekers <ul><li>CareerOneStop www.careeronestop.org </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois workNet Center www.illinoisworknet.com </li></ul>
  16. 16. Get a Government Job <ul><li>USAjobs.gov </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.usajobs.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work 4 Illinois http://work.illinois.gov </li></ul>
  17. 17. Federal Help for the Needy <ul><li>GovBenefits.gov </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.govbenefits.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GovLoans.gov </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.govloans.gov </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. State Help for the Needy <ul><li>Illinois Department of Human Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.dhs.state.il.us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Illinois Health & Wellness www.illinois.gov/health </li></ul>
  19. 19. Local Help for the Needy <ul><li>CEDA (Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County) www.cedaorg.net </li></ul>
  20. 20. Help for Seniors <ul><li>Eldercare Locator www.eldercare.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Home Comparison www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/ </li></ul>
  21. 21. Help for Travelers <ul><li>FAA Travelers Page www.faa.gov/passengers </li></ul>
  22. 22. International Travel <ul><li>CDC Travelers Health www.cdc.gov/travel </li></ul><ul><li>Department of State International Travel travel.state.gov /travel </li></ul>
  23. 23. Road Conditions <ul><li>Getting Around Illinois www.gettingaroundillinois.com </li></ul><ul><li>GCM Travel www.gcmtravel.com </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic.com Chicago Traffic www.traffic.com/Chicago-Traffic </li></ul>
  24. 24. Public Transportation <ul><li>RTA Travel Planner tripsweb.rtachicago.com </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps maps.google.com </li></ul>
  25. 25. Post Office <ul><li>Postal Services Locator usps.whitepages.com/post_office </li></ul><ul><li>Postage Price Calculator postcalc.usps.gov </li></ul><ul><li>ZIP Code Lookup zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp </li></ul>
  26. 26. Statistics <ul><li>FedStats www.fedstats.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical Abstract www.census.gov/compendia/statab </li></ul><ul><li>American FactFinder http://factfinder.census.gov </li></ul>
  27. 27. Keeping Up with Dot Gov <ul><li>Gov Gab Blog blog.usa.gov </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds from USA.gov www.usa.gov/rss/index.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>USA.gov E-mail Updates www.usa.gov/Contact/E-mail-subscriptions.shtml </li></ul>

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