www.gale.cengage.com/mygovernment Price: Pricing for individual school libraries starts at $795 for a
one-year subscription, with district pricing available by quote.
MyGovernment is an online tool that not only explains the hierarchy
and workings of federal, state, and local governments, but allows anyone
to locate, research, and contact all elected officials.
Quality and Effectiveness: This is a fine tool for student citizens
who want to make their voice be heard. Using the WHO tab, the user
can search by name, or browse legislative chambers, state and federal government, or
counties and their municipalities. From the WHAT tab, one can search for committee
members, or target the departments that deal with certain issues. From the WHERE
tab, a citizen can locate all elected officials who represent him, from the White House
to local municipality, simply by entering
a full street address or expanded zip code.
But, MyGovernment is more than an index;
it also provides biographies of many of the
officials included, lists their committee and
subcommittee memberships, and gives a
Ease of Use: With a convenient tabbed
interface and pop-up windows, searching
MyGovernment and exploring its links is
easy and straightforward. A handy Tips and
Tutorial tab is available for first-time users.
A few references are outdated, but this is to
be expected with the scope of the content.
Suitability for Use in a School
Environment: This reference tool would
be useful in a U.S. History, Life Skills, or
Participation in Government course.
• MyGovernment provides all of the basic information that
every citizen should know about how his government
functions, who represents him, and where he can turn for
information or assistance in one convenient and easy to
• With a tool like this, students can easily learn to become
knowledgeable, proactive citizens.
• With easy to use indexes and handy tips along the way,
anyone can locate, research and contact the proper
elected official and understand what the candidates
stand for when voters head to the polls.