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February 2002 Web News
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Favorite Web Sites: Federal and State Income Tax Information

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association. Here is a list of selection criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet. While your local library and post office may very well have all the forms and instructions you'll need to complete your taxes, it is also very convenient to have the federal forms and information available on the web. The IRS site contains a nice selection of formats available to aid viewing and printing of forms. Multiple files can be selected on the site which means that you can begin downloading all the files in unison instead of one-by-one. Making the site even more convenient, links are provided to state tax forms and to federal forms for previous years. To reach the Forms and Publications Home Page from the IRS' newly designed web site, click on the Site Map link and under the Resources section located in the left frame, choose the Forms and Publications link. (Revised summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) This well designed site features easy access to Illinois state tax forms for individuals and businesses in PDF (i.e. Adobe Acrobat(r)) format. Some tax forms can be filled in online and then printed out. The web page also offers electronic filing as well as resources, publications and online help for various tax questions. This very navigable web resource provides clickable links to Indiana state tax forms, online assistance, electronic services, taxpayer resources and publications along with tax filing deadlines. The tax form section includes tax forms that can be viewed and printed in PDF format using Adobe Acrobat(r) Reader. Some of these forms can be filled in on the browser and then printed. This page also links to Indiana prior year forms, federal tax forms and other states' tax forms.

Calumet Regional Archives' Photo Exhibit Highlights Black History Month

IU Northwest's Calumet Regional Archives and the Community Education Cooperative have partnered to produce a photograph exhibit as part of the IU Northwest Library's commemoration of Black History Month. Over 50 photographs from the Archives' collections offer a visual record of the African-American experience in Gary during the 20th century.

The exhibit will run through February 28 and will be located on the first floor in the library's That Little Café. For further information, please contact at the Calumet Regional Archives (219-980-6628).

IU Libraries' Digital Library Program Sponsors a New Online 19th Century American Fiction Collection

The Digital Library Program recently unveiled a new online collection of American fiction published between 1851-1875 called the Wright Fiction Collection. It is named after Lyle Wright, the librarian at the Huntington Library who compiled the bibliography on which the collection is based. The online collection is available at and contains over 1,700 novels and other works of fiction published between 1851-1875 with plans to complete the project by adding almost 1,300 more by December 2002. The Digital Library Program hosts the web site which is a joint venture of many CIC libraries.

, Library News Web Editor