New Resource Provides Information to Empower Citizens to Become Active Participants in all Levels of Government
Farmington Hills, Mich., November 9, 2011 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced MyGovernmentTM, an online subscription-based resource that provides essential information on United States elected officials, candidates and their key issues, and information on how our government functions. It is produced by KnowWho, Inc. and distributed by Gale to the library market.
MyGovernmentTM provides detailed information on United States political representatives at the federal, state and local levels. It enables users to easily locate, research and contact their elected officials, as well as access background and biographical data, committee assignments, photos, news articles and even campaign contribution sources. MyGovernmentTM also includes a basic guide to U.S. government – including how laws are made in Congress, information on becoming a U.S. citizen, voter information, useful links and websites for additional information and more. It is the only resource that teaches users how government works and brings together and organizes the information needed to become a well-informed voter.
“Much of the political information available online is scattered across multiple websites, and it’s often hard to determine whether the information is neutral or non-partisan,” said Gerald Sawchuk, publisher, public library solutions, Gale. “With MyGovernmentTM users can find access to all the information they need from a trusted source. The product’s best feature is that it is very easy to use, unlike most government resources and related web sites. The easy-to-use format makes it simple for citizens to understand and participate in their government.”
Whether users are looking to get a better understanding of government or researching a candidate before casting a vote in their next election, MyGovernmentTM can meet their needs. It enables users to find the Who, What and Where of government:
- Who – Search elected representatives by name, or browse a comprehensive directory of legislative chambers, Federal or State government, or individual counties and their associated municipalities
- What – Search for legislators that sit on committees, or executives that work in departments that deal directly with specific issues
- Where – Enter in their zip code and find the elected officials who represent them in government – from the White House to their local municipality
A Spanish user interface will be available for MyGovernmentTM by the end of the year, as well as a web based reporting tool for librarians. Information on 2012 presidential candidates and campaign finance applets will be available by April 2012, as the election primaries begin and candidates appear on the ballots.
About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.