Online Resources

Earth Day Bibliography

Frugal (Sustainable) Living: Selected Bibliography


Adler, Moshe. Economics for the rest of us: Debunking the science that makes life dismal. N.Y.: The New Press, 2010. (330 Adler)

Barber, Benjamin R. Consumed: How markets corrupt children, infantilize adults, and swallow citizens whole. N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. (339.46 Barber)

Diamond, Jared M. Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed. N.Y.: Viking Press, 2005. (304.28 Diamond)

Leonard, Annie. The Story of Stuff: how our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities, and our health - and a vision for change. N.Y.: Free Press, 2010. (306.4 Leonard)

Patel, Raj. The Value of Nothing: How to reshape market society and redefine democracy. N.Y.: Picador, 2009. (330.122 Patel)

"Green" Living:

Beavan, Colin. No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2009. (333.72 Beavan)

Geagan, Kate. Go Green, Get Lean: trim your waistline with the ultimate low-carbon footprint diet. Rodale Press, 2009. (613.25 Geagan)

Haynes, Chip. Wearing Smaller Shoes: Living light on the big blue marble, by Chip Haynes, New Society Publishers, 2009. (333.72 Haynes)

Sandbeck, Ellen. Green Barbarians: Live bravely on your home planet. Scribner, c2010. (640 Sandbeck)

Pertinent websites:

The Indian Valley Public Library owns many books pertaining to sustainable living, consumer behavior, and environmental protection. Search our on-line catalog at the library or via our website ( Useful subject headings include: "consumer behavior", "economics", "environmental protection-citizen participation", "green movement", "materialism," and "sustainable living".

April 2010

Government Resources

Gateways  |  Federal  |  State  |  Local  |  International                            



The official gateway to U.S. government websites. Divided into sections for citizens, businesses, and federal employees.


Non-partisan gateway to government websites. GovSpot selects exceptional websites for their "Must-See" list.

Federal Government

U.S. House of Representatives

Find information about your national representatives. Enter your zip code to find out the names of your representative and senators. You can then read their biographies or email them. The Congressional Directory offers information on congressional leaders and committees. Browse the Issues and Legislation section to learn about current bills in Congress, roll call votes and the legislative process. 

Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) -- Pueblo, Co

Source for answers to questions about Federal agencies, programs and services. Offers hundreds of consumer publications to order or read online. Provides a wealth of helpful consumer information, including a consumer assistance directory and an online version of the Consumer Action Handbook.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Best source for information about taxes. Enables you to download or print tax forms and instruction booklets. **In order to view tax forms, you must have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. If it is not currently installed, you can download it for free from

Library of Congress

Website for the world's largest library (with over 80 million items). The American Memory collection includes documents films, photos, and sheet music. You can also search the library catalog and explore special collections.

National Archives

The goal of the National Archives and Records Administration is to "preserve our nation's history by overseeing the management of all Federal records." Visit the Research Room to learn more about NARA's holdings (e.g., the Nixon White House Tapes and the JFK Assassination Records). NARA holds many documents useful to genealogists, such as census and immigration records.

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau provides information and statistics on almost every aspect of American life. The First Census 2000 Results are online. Population Clocks gives you current estimates of the U.S. and world populations. State and County Quick Facts gives you summary information on state and county statistics. The Economic Briefing Room provides a quick look at the trade deficit, retail sales, new home sales and more. Fact Sheet under American Factfinder allows you to search for community information

U.S. Government Printing Office

 Go to GPO Access to view official documents and information from the three branches of the Federal Government.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Includes EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering and Retrieval System), which allows you to search for and retrieve SEC filings for select companies and all publicly-traded companies.  You can retrieve real-time filings for a specific company and find key company information — including its name, address,telephone number, state of incorporation, Central Index Key (CIK) number, Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, and fiscal year end

U.S. Department of State

Information on the Department of State’s current programs and reports. Includes information on living or traveling abroad, travel warnings, visas and passports.  Background Notes under the Countries and Regions sections includes information on countries of the world with which the U.S. has relations.

State Government - PA


Gateway to information on Pennsylvania state government and general facts about the state. Includes links to state agencies and contact information for legislators

PA Department of Revenue

Find out information about PA taxes or download PA tax forms

Local Government

Montgomery County , PA


Bucks County, PA



CIA World Factbook

Country profiles that include government, economic and geographic information.Check out the Reference Maps for political and physical maps of many countries and regions. You can also view Flags of the World.


Health Resources

Consumer Health Complete (Available through the library's website and POWER Library.)

Designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics..

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Government website from the Department of Health and Human Services includes national health statistics, health information for travelers, government health publications, and tips for staying healthy.



Gateway to nonprofit health and human services websites. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



Health information from the National Library of Medicine.


Merck Manuals

Searchable online versions of Merck medical manuals—including Medical Information, Diagnosis and Therapy, Health and Aging, Geriatrics, and Veterinary


National Women’s Health Information Center 

Gateway to Federal and other women's health information resources. 


Philadelphia Magazine: Top Doctors and Top Hospitals

Philadelphia Magazine’s picks for the top doctors and hospitals in the Philadelphia area. 


College of Physicians - Public Health Resources

Health information service for residents of Greater Philadelphia. Produced by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Includes a directory of resources and services in the Philadelphia area.


PubMed Central 

Digital archive of life sciences journal literature.



Offers medical news, features, reference material, and online community programs.  Some activities require a subscription.



The website for the United Nations’ specialized agency of health.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Website for the federal agency that administers the Medicare Program. Also includes sections on Medicaid, SCHIP, and HIPAA. 


Kaiser Family Foundation 

General health care issues, with extensive sections on Medicare and Medicaid. 


The official U.S. government website for Medicare information.



Planning Your Job Search

Job Hunters Bible

Created by Dick Bolles (“What Color is Your Parachute”). A great starting place for planning your online job search.

Riley Guide

A gateway to employment websites.

Includes extensive collection of articles on career planning and job searching. Also includes examples of resumes and cover and thank you letters.

Hoover's Online Learning Center

Includes free access to Hoover’s database of company and industry information.  Some services are only available through subscription.  However, you can search or browse for companies by name or industry, and view fact sheets, news and some financial information.  Hoover’s also lists the company’s website.  Many companies list job openings on their website.

General Websites

Career OneStop

Funded through Unemployment Insurance taxes, this service links the 1,800 state Employment Service offices. Most of the jobs are full-time and the majority are in the private sector.


Popular employment search site that allows you to search for jobs by location (city, state, zip code).  You can also store resumes online and make them accessible to employers.


Similar to in that it allows you to search for jobs by location and store resumes online.  It is worthwhile to search both, because they often include different job listings.  CareerBuilder includes listings that would be available in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Craig's List

Browsable and searchable listing of jobs (and other types of ads) by region or city.

Local and Government Job Searches

Montgomery County

County of Montgomery, PA

The Montgomery County government website includes an Employment page, with information about applying for a Montgomery County government job, job listings, and links to other job hunting resources


Local resources for job seekers, including a job search, lists of seminars (e.g., resume writing, interviewing, etc.), job fairs, and information on GED preparation classes

Montgomery Newspapers Online

Provides online access to Montgomery County newspapers, including the Souderton Independent. Includes searchable Classifieds, and listings for employment and job fairs.

Bucks County

Bucks County

Official site of Bucks County. Click the Living & Working in Bucks link, and scroll down to the Employment section for links to the Office of Employment and Training, and a link to weekly local government job postings.


Provides online access to The Bucks County Courrier Times and The Intelligencer. Click the Jobs Search link to search for jobs, post a resume, or sign up for job alerts.

Bucks County Alive

Bucks County community website. Click the Job Search link for a listing of local jobs.


PA PowerPort

Go to Services – Employment.  Includes links to a variety of information about working in Pennsylvania, such as a list of the best places to work, state government jobs, internship opportunities, and job training.

PA CareerLink

State-wide job search, resume assistance, skills assessments, and information on workshops.

PA State Civil Service Commission

Lists available civil service positions.  You can fill out a civil service application online or download a form to fill out and send in


Library Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act

Government Jobs

International Jobs
650.14 and 331.34


Resumes, Interviewing and Letters for Job Hunters

Starting a Small Business and Self Employment
658 to 658.11

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