Specialized Resources


Government Information

Literary Criticism

Oregon Blue Book

Statistical Resources



Many government agencies and organizations have created websites for specific content areas and age groups.


Use this gateway to get access to websites from U.S. government agencies on topics such as the government, art and music, science, reading and writing, jobs, money, history, social studies, online safety, health and safety, and fitness and nutrition.


Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

Learn about a variety of topics about the U.S. government, including branches of government, how laws are made, the election process, some historical documents (which are primary sources), and symbols, songs, and buildings and monuments.



Literary criticism is in-depth analysis and judgment of a piece of literature or an author's writings.

It may include questioning the author's reasons or motives, and how the work affects the reader. It may be a comparison of two or more pieces of literature.

These are a few sources for literary criticism; sometimes information from a print book sources can be found in periodicals databases.

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (book series)

  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (book series)
  • Poetry for Students (book series)
  • Literature Criticism Online (database)
  • Literature Resource Center (database)
  • Literary Reference Center (database)


Literary criticism links from the Internet Public Library

This contains "critical and biographic websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."




The Oregon Blue Book is the state's official directory and fact book.

Oregon Blue Book

Oregon Blue Book Online

This resource covers a wide variety of information about Oregon, including the following:


  • lists of notable people, cultural events, and education
  • state song and state symbols
  • almanac and maps
  • history of Oregon, our state Constitution, and elections
  • weather, land use, environment, and natural resources
  • listings and descriptions of government agencies and educational institutions
  • information on the arts, media, and other cultural institutions

    Either on the shelf or online, the Oregon Blue Book is the place to go for the most up-to-date information about our state and its government. 


    Statistics are facts in number form. They are collected by government agencies and other organizations. You can find statistics about almost any category, including population, income, housing, education, economics, weather, and much more.

      US Census Bureau


        United States Census Data
        The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the United States' people and economy.


            USA.gov's Data & Statistics about the U.S. 

            This is a gateway to statistics from many United States federal agencies.



             CIA World Factbook

                CIA World Factbook

                Provides a summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of over 250 countries in the world.

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