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Library Online Resources

America's Newspapers and More »

You don't have to rely on just one news source. America's Newspapers and More covers all the states and includes 91 newspapers from Florida. Al articles are full text.

Biography in Context »

Search for biographies and articles on not only the United States Presidents but other men and women who have held government offices in our country. You can search by occupation to find people with occupations like Senator, Secretary of State, Politician, Political Theorist, or Political Philosopher.

General OneFile »

Discover in-depth research on the political topics that interest you the most with General OneFile, a comprehensive database with millions of articles from thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Opposing Viewpoints »

Gain an insight into issues that are hot topics of debate in the political arena, such as health care issues, national debt, and same-sex marriage.

Orlando Sentinel »

Read local news and articles related to elections and local politics.

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Kids and Teens

Library Online Resources

Government & Civics - Homework
Help »

Explore government and civics in resources to help with homework assignments. Also learn about how government departments and representatives work together.

Library Materials

Know Your Presidents »

Barack, George, Abraham – know your presidents with this reading list for children. Then learn about where the President lives, the first families, and presidential pets.

Teen Power Politics »

Stuff happens all the time, know your rights and how you got them. Read stories about social activists that changed the world, fictional tales of governments gone a wry, and how youth protested in the 1960s.

Websites

Rock the Vote »

Using music, popular culture, and technology, Rock the Vote, aims to engage young people in politics. You can register to vote and learn where to volunteer.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus »

Politics can be as local as your school or impact the lives of kids in countries all over the world. Use quizzes and games to learn more about places and issues. Curriculum resources for K-12 teachers are also available.

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Social

Technorati Politics Blogs »

Find some new blogs with Technorati. It is a search engine that lets you search for blogs or blog posts by keyword or subject. You can also browse the directory to find other subjects of interest.

Florida Politics Blogs

Get all the information about Florida politics and leave your own comments too. You can use multiple sources to find out all of the issues that affect Floridians. Here are the political blogs from major newspapers from around the state.

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Mobile

Congress

This is a free app from The Sunlight Foundation that lets you look up members of Congress, follow bills, check votes, and contact members.
Google Play | iTunes | Website

Contact Congress

Use this free app to contact your Representative directly. You can find your Representative by putting in your address or using the GPS function. You can also find Representatives from outside of your district the same way.
iTunes | Website

Truth-O-Meter

Carry the mobile version of Politifact's Truth-O-Meter with you for $1.99. Politifact attempts to verify the claims made in politics as true, false, or in between.
Google Play | iTunes | Website

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Library Materials

Books

Including audiobooks and downloadable media.

Elections and Voting »

Read about voting history and find out how presidential elections work.

New Political Fiction »

Enjoy these great stories in which politics are an important plot element. Or try these political thrillers by David Baldacci, Dale Brown, Vince Flynn, Richard North Patterson, and Daniel Silva.

Political Campaigns »

Find out how the political campaign influences the decision making process with these resources.

U.S. Politics and Government »

Research some of our newest books on the subject of politics.

Videos

Politics and Government »

Discover documentary and instructive videos for home use or in the classroom.

Political Movies »

Enjoy these movies where politics and Hollywood meet.

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Voting Information

Local Information

Florida Division of Elections »

Find information related to voting in Florida, including polling places, voter registration, and Florida absentee ballots.

Florida Parole Commission »

Use this website to learn more on how to have your voting rights restored.

Orange County Elections »

Are you an Orange County Resident? Use this website to find voter registration forms, change your address or party, request absentee ballots, find your nearest polling place, or simply look up the elected officials.

Additional Resources for Voting

Federal Voting Assistance
Program »

Use this federal website to get absentee voting information for U.S. citizens who are UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) citizens.

USA.gov: Voting and Elections »

Find government information on the local, state, and federal level with this easy to use website. You can contact your elected officials, learn about the voting process, register to vote, or volunteer as a poll worker.

Vote411.org »

Use this "one-stop-shop" for election related information provided by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.

VoteAnywhere.org »

Avoid long lines on election day! You can order a mail-in/absentee ballot with this website sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange County. VoteAnywhere.org En Español.

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Websites

Campaign Contributors

Campaign Finance »

Look at campaign contributions on the state level. This website is part of the Florida Division of Elections website.

Follow the Money »

Look up state-level campaign contributions in this database. It is searchable by candidate, contributor, office, and state.

Opensecrets.org »

Explore this comprehensive resource for campaign contributions, lobbying data, and news. Find out how much 527 groups are spending.

Resources for Decision Making

FactCheck.org »

Get a clear view on U.S. politics. This website for voters produced by "nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate'" individuals checks on the statements made by people in politics for factual accuracy.

GPO Access »

Search the Congressional Record for information on who said what in the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.

Politifact »

Check the facts with the Tampa Bay Times team of fact checkers. Politifact attempts to verify the claims made in politics as true, false, or in between.

Project Vote Smart »

Use this website to browse elections and candidates, interest group ratings, public statements, and more.

Recovery.gov »

See where the money is going with this official U.S. government website that tracks all of the economic stimulus funds. Use the interactive map to search by state.

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