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February/March 2004 Library 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.

BioOne Brings Full-Text Biology Journals to Your Desktop

The IU Northwest Library recently gained access to the BioOne electronic journal database through an IU Libraries system-wide subscription. BioOne is an online full-text journal resource devoted to research in the biological sciences. According to its web site, "most of BioOne's titles are published by small societies and non commercial publishers, and, until now, have been available only in printed form."

Articles appearing in this index are available in both HTML and PDF formats. For most journals, new issues are published on the web site before the printed copies are produced. Currently the database includes volumes published from 2000 to the present. Ultimately, BioOne will contain over 200 bioscience titles. For a list of current titles featured in this database, go to and click the FAQ link located on the left side of the page.

To access BioOne from both IU Northwest campus and off campus computers through a VPN connection, go to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page. Under the Electronic Resources heading, select the All Databases Listed Alphabetically link. At the next screen, choose either the BioOne (search) link to search for full-text articles by keword or the BioOne (full text) link to search for articles by specific journal table of contents.

, Library News Web Editor