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February/March 2006 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.

Reading in the Region: Humorous Social Commentary Kicks Off IU Northwest's One Book, One Campus Initiative

Are you looking for an interesting and intellectual “book club” setting that will allow you to share your thoughts and join others in reading and dissecting a new book? Across the country, cities and campuses have developed a variety of programs in which the community reads and then discusses a common text. IU Northwest’s’ Reading in the Region is a One Book, One Campus initiative that will select a different text each semester, and will then hold a series of discussions pertaining to topics from the text. Author Sarah Vowell’s The Partly Cloudy Patriot has been chosen as the current reading for its frank and witty commentary on American history and current events. The Library Journal calls it “Part social commentary and part stand-up comedy routine for the intellectually inclined, this collection of essays…mines history and current events for insights into American life.”

In Patriot, Vowell explores life in America through a series of essays whose topics range from Tom Cruise and September 11th, to Rosa Parks and presidential libraries. Vowell takes you on a literary journey from coast to coast, from genre to genre, across many miles, years and socioeconomic boundaries. In an excerpt from her book, Vowell, praising the writing skills of President Abraham Lincoln, says “Looking at Lincoln rushing to stave off failure, I felt so close to him. Or let's say I felt closer. My grandest hope for my own hastily written sentences is that they would keep a stranger company on an airplane. Abraham Lincoln could turn a pretty phrase such as "I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind" and put it in the proclamation that freed the slaves. Even Mailer wouldn't claim to top that.”

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the discussion forums are an excellent opportunity for members of the community to engage in an open and culturally stimulating dialogue about many diverse and fascinating topics.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot is available for check out in the IU Northwest library, for purchase at the IU Northwest bookstore for $13 and at area bookstores. Discussions will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28th from 12-2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 5th from 6-8 p.m. in the IU Northwest Library Conference Center, room 105 AB. The forums are free and open to the public. Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to pick up a copy and come prepared to discuss what you’ve read.

For more information, contact Robin Hass Birky at 981-7126 or email or visit the IU Northwest Library's Reading in the Region web site.

(This News release reprinted with permission from the IU Northwest Office of Marketing and Communication)

Calumet Regional Archives Co-Sponsors Decades of Diversity Exhibit

IU Northwest's Calumet Regional Archives, in partnership with the Calumet Ethnic Heritage Alliance, has installed a new exhibit on the first floor of the IU Northwest Library. Entitled Decades of Diversity: A Calumet Portrait, the display utilizes historical photographs documenting the history of various waves of settlement of Northwest Indiana. Beginning with the Native Americans, the images trace a number of historical time periods in Calumet history when different peoples immigrated and/or migrated to the region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The photographs are from collections preserved in the Archives as well as from local historical societies.

Decades of Diversity is located in the fine wood display cases by the first-floor elevators in the IU Northwest Library and will be available for viewing through most of 2006. For more information, please contact Steve McShane, Archivist/Curator, Calumet Regional Archives, at 980-6628 or

, Library News Web Editor