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Health & Medicine
Affordable Care Act Resources
Covered California is the Health Insurance Marketplace to serve Californians. Instead of HealthCare.gov, youll use the Covered California website to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll.
HealthCare.gov The Health Insurance Marketplace and Affordable Care Act website of the Federal government. Managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Find informational documents, application forms, and video tutorials, and more concerning the ACA.
Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body (1918)
Engravings, many in color, from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.
A Web site providing extensive medical information. WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Provides useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the experience, knowledge, expertise and standard of excellence of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.
Trusted health information brought to you by the U.S National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
A comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.
Law & Legal
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Law & Legal Resources
A Web site in which you can search for and view all current California laws.
A Web site in which you can search for and view the contents of the California Constitution.
California Courts Online Self-Help Center
Find information, forms, and help with your legal issues including small claims court, divorce domestic vilence, changing your name, traffic violations, child and spousal support, child law, adoptions, guardianships, and much more ...
LawHelpCalifornia.org provides low-income Californians easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. LawHelpCalifornia DOES NOT provide direct legal services.
Nolo: Legal Solutions for You, Your Family & Your Business
Free legal information, law books, legal software, and legal forms and when you need extra help, Nolo's unique lawyer directory.
A free service from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell designed specifically for individuals and small businesses and providing lawyer profiles, information and tips to better understand the law and make informed legal decisions, articles and discussions on current legal issues, and self-help advice and forms.
Easy and comprehensive access to lawyers and legal information.
Patents and Intellectual Property
With SUMOBRAIN users can access various collections and databases relating to intellectual property.
One of the most powerful, fastest and easiest patent search engines on the web, allowing advanced search techniques to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
United States Patent and Trademark Office
USPTO is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.
European Patent Office
EPO is the Patent Office for Europe. It offers inventors a uniform application procedure which enables them to seek patent protection in up to 40 European countries. The Office exams patent applications, grants European patents and provides patent information and training services.
Election Calendar - 2016
Complete calendar of national election events provided by politics1.com
California Election and Voter Information
Calendar of California election events:
JUNE 7, 2016: California Presidential Primary Election
OCTOBER 24, 2016: Deadline to register to vote in Nov. 8 general election
NOVEMBER 8, 2016: National General Election
Web sites of California Politcal Parties
Election & Voter Information
California Election Results from the Secretary of State
Lassen County Election Results from the county clerk
Official Voter Guide from the Secretary of State
Presidential Election Information
The Political Parties and Their Candidates
Directory of American Political Parties
Politics1 is a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate.
Presidential Candidate Positions on the Issues
SelectSmart -- Provides a Presidential Candidate Selector interactive tool to identify the candidates who share your positions on the issues. Provides an issue-by-issue review of the candidates' positions.
On the Issues - Every Political Leader on Every Issue
Understanding the Electoral College
U.S. Electorial College Web site by the U.S. National Archive and Records Administration
An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion, from all major polls about current events and politics of interest to Americans.
Collection of polling results related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, covering candidates, parties, issues, and voting.
Campaign Watch-Dog Groups
Voter’s Edge California, a partnership between the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund’s Smart Voter and MapLight. Provides a personalized ballot by address including polling place location, candidate profiles, and ballot measures. Now with campaign finance and even more election information!
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
Federal Election Commission
an independent regulatory agency, discloses campaign finance information, enforces the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and oversees the public funding of Presidential elections
Follow the Money "The nation's most complete resource for information on money in state politics."
The Center for Responsive Politics
is a non-partisan, non-profit research group that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy, aiming to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.
provides financial information supplied by state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others.
The Sunlight Foundation
A non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to greater government openness and transparency. Provides tools and resources, including links to related web sites, that you can use to see what your governments and your elected officials are up to.
Election and Campaign Finance Reform Resources
Center for Voting and Democracy FairVote
Acts to change elections to guarantee universal access to participation, meaningful ballot choices and governments grounded in majority rule and fair representation. Goals include a national popular vote for president, instant runoff voting and universal voter registration in many states and a widely-discussed roadmap for replacing winner-take-all elections with proportional voting.
A non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics.
Online Student Resources
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Resources for Students
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General/All Purpose Resources
Note Taking Help
Note taking strategies, which strategy makes sense in a particular situation, choosing the strategy that works best for you, knowing if a piece of information is worthy of a note, organizing your notes and improving your note taking skills in a variety of other ways.
Direct Textbook - Direct Textbook helps students, parents and professionals find the books they need by searching over 50 online bookstores for new, used, rental, or ebook editions. Direct Textbook has over 10,000,000 books in its database,in addition to inventory of every major online bookstore and links to the WorldCat directory so you can find out if the book
you want is available at the library. Direct Textbook also shows you where to sell your books with their buyback and trade-in comparison service.
ALA Great Web Sites for Kids
A web site by the American Library Association containing links to numerous other web sites for academic studies.
Kidspace @ ipl2
Web site links for students provided by ipl2 (see link below).
Virtual Middle School Library
This site has web links to just about any resource for students, parents and teachers.
Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, Salman Khan is on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
A web-based publication of virtually all Massechusetts Institute of Technology course content -- lecture notes, exams, and videos -- that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. OCW is free, open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. No registration required.
ipl2: information you can trust is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment that merges the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. Thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals are involved in answering reference questions for the Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections.
FREE is among the most popular K-12 websites maintained by the U.S. Department of Education because of the more than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources offered by dozens of participating federal agencies.
Awesome Library organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education, for students, teachers and parents.
Education Resources This site contains a large number of links to education-related Web resources. It is maintained by Dr. Arlys E. Peterson, Associate Professor, Education Department, University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota). Note: Many of the Web links no longer work and some are provided by commercial entities that charge for their products/services.
Special Education in California Information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills.
Study Guide Zone offers a series of free study guides on a variety of standardized tests commonly utilized for admissions, licensing, and educational assessment. The site's goal is to provide free study resources and study guides for those students to be adequately prepared for their examination.
Free Test Online Free mathematics and science practice for students taking the SAT, PSAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, CLEP, GMAT tests and more.
Got Test Anxiety? Do your nerves affect your performance on tests? Check out this site for tips on how to deal with your test anxiety and improve your test scores.
Home Schooling Resources
To find your own home schooling resources enter the term "home school" into the internet search engine of your choice.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a non-profit membership organization of families who home school their children nationwide. Its strength lies in its attention to active law cases and both state and federal legislation dealing with home schooling; the site also includes links to related news articles.
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) conducts and collects research about homeschooling and publishes the research journal called the Home School Researcher. The institute has hundreds of research works documented and catalogued on home schooling, many of which were done by NHERI.
About.com:Homeschooling An all encompassing Web site providing links to resources for the home-schooled.
Homeschool.com was created to empower parents to create the ideal school for their child at home and has the founding principle of consistently providing resources, information, and support to all homeschooling families.
HomeschoolMath.net is a comprehensive math resource site for homeschooling parents and teachers: find free worksheets, math ebooks for elementary grades, extensive link list of games, interactive tutorials & quizzes, curriculum guide, and teaching tips articles. The resources emphasize understanding of concepts instead of mechanical memorization of rules.
For High School Students
California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). Information pertaining to the CAHSEE for students, parents, teachers and administrators.
Science Fair Projects
Science fair project ideas from Ask for Kids.
For the College-bound
Federal Student Aid, home to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is an office of the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid's core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistancegrants, loans and work-study programsfor education beyond high school.
My College Scholarship explains how college funding works, the types of college scholarships available, how to find a scholarship, and how to apply for one.
Peterson's provides information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, essay editing and instruction as well as resume writing, and career exploration. Free registration is required for most services. Services are both free and fee-based.
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A free, non-partisan government resource center that simplifies the search for the most useful local, state, national and international government information online. From the site, quickly and easily find federal and state agencies, social services, gov't documents facts and figures, news, public policy information, resources for government employees and more.
City of Susanville
The Web site of city government departments.
State and Regional Government
California State and Local Government on the Net
A directory of California state, county and city government Web sites.
California State Legislature
Official Web site of the California legislature and specific links to the State Assemblyman and State Senator representing the districts of which Lassen County is a part.
California State Association of Counties
CSAC represents county government before the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government. CSAC places a strong emphasis on educating the public about the value and need for county programs and services. This site provides numerous sources of information about California counties and state agencies.
California Department of Motor Vehicles
"Dont Stand In Line, Go Online!" Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. This site provides an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions.
Caltrans - Road Conditions
Lassen County is included in Caltrans District Two.
CA Department of Fish and Game
Manages California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. Lassen County is included in the Northern Region.
The U.S. government's official web portal, providing access to official information and services from the U.S. government. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.
U.S. Executive Branch
Official Web site of the President of the United States and his cabinet.
U.S. Judicial Branch
Official Web site of the U.S Supreme Court and other federal courts.
U.S. Senate and California's U.S. Senators
Official Web site of the U.S. Senate and specific links to California's U.S. senators' Web sites.
Federal Citizen Information Center
All the information contained in Federal pamphlets covering the Federal Government and everyday consumer issues.
National Interagency Fire Center
An interagency wildland fire incident information system that provides a standardized reporting tool for wildland fire incidents and provides the public a single source of information related to active wildland fire information.
Bureau of Land Management
Public lands managed by the Eagle Lake Field Office covering approximately one million acres in northeastern California and northwestern Nevada.