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Gale Launches MyGovernment Database

Posted Nov 28, 2011
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Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced MyGovernment, an online subscription-based resource that provides essential information on United States elected officials, candidates and their key issues, and information on how our government functions. It is produced by KnowWho, Inc. and distributed by Gale to the library market.

MyGovernment provides detailed information on United States political representatives at the federal, state and local levels. It enables users to easily locate, research and contact their elected officials, as well as access background and biographical data, committee assignments, photos, news articles and even campaign contribution sources. MyGovernment also includes a basic guide to U.S. government - including how laws are made in Congress, information on becoming a U.S. citizen, voter information, useful links and websites for additional information and more. It is the only resource that teaches users how government works and brings together and organizes the information needed to become a well-informed voter, the announcement states.

Whether users are looking to get a better understanding of government or researching a candidate before casting a vote in their next election, MyGovernment can meet their needs, according to the announcement. It enables users to find the Who, What and Where of government:

  • Who-Search elected representatives by name, or browse a comprehensive directory of legislative chambers, Federal or State government, or individual counties and their associated municipalities
  • What -Search for legislators that sit on committees, or executives that work in departments that deal directly with specific issues
  • Where -Enter in their zip code and find the elected officials who represent them in government - from the White House to their local municipality

A Spanish user interface will be available for MyGovernment by the end of the year, as well as a web-based reporting tool for librarians. Information on 2012 presidential candidates and campaign finance applets will be available by April 2012, as the election primaries begin and candidates appear on the ballots.

For more information on MyGovernment or to request a trial, visit

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, or

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