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February/March 2005 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.

IU Northwest Library Introduces a Proxy Server for Off Campus Database Access

The IU Northwest Library recently switched from a VPN connection to a proxy server for providing IU Northwest students, faculty and staff with off campus access to electronic databases.

Here are instructions for using the proxy server.

  1. To search any online database or index from home, members of the IU Northwest campus community should go to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page and choose the All Databases Listed Alphabetically link under the Electronic Resources heading.
  2.  At  the next screen, select any database that has a red IU Northwest with a yellow key next to it. After choosing a specific database with this symbol, another browser window will appear. This window has boxes where you need to enter IU Northwest Network ID and Password. (NOTE: This is the same user id and password used for OneStart, OnCourse, etc.)
  3. Once the correct information is entered, the selected database will appear.
  4. If you plan to search several databases while connected to the proxy server, keep the original browser with the list of databases open so you don't have to enter your user id and password each time.
  5. UPDATE: Be sure to download the Windows Authentication Update Tool from the IU Ware web site before logging into the proxy server.
  6. If you have further questions about the proxy server, call the IU Northwest Reference Desk at 219-980-6582.

MLA International Bibliography and PsycArticles Join the Inspire Database Lineup

MLA International Bibliography and PsycArticles became EBSCO (i.e. Inspire) databases in late Fall Semester 2004.

Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of MLA International Bibliography  features over 1.6 million citations from 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers dating back to 1963. Coverage includes subjects in the following areas: literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, rhetoric, and the theory and practice of teaching language and literature.

PsycArticles is the definitive resource of searchable full-text articles on current issues in psychology from 1985 to the present. The database covers general psychology as well as specialized, clinical and theoretical research in the field. This product features more  than 39,000 searchable full-text articles from 44 journals published by the American Psychological Association and 8 from allied organizations. some journal titles carried by PsycArticles include American Psychologist, Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

IU Northwest students, faculty and staff can access these databases off campus by going to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page. At the next screen, select the All Databases Listed Alphabetically link under the Electronic Resources heading. At the next page, click the Inspire Databases link. Then choose the EBSCOhost Web link on the EBSCOhost Research Databases screen. At the EBSCOhost main menu, select either MLA International Bibliography or PsycArticles.

, Library News Web Editor