Law

Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
A public service law firm that provides legal forms and support to Tennesseans.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Offers legal advocacy and support to elderly, abused and low-income people.

Online Tennessee Justice
Answers legal questions for free for those who qualify and provides a list of other places to find legal help.

FindLaw
Provides free access to federal and state statutes, case law, constitutions, and other legal resources.

Legal Information Institute
From Cornell Law School provides summaries and comparisons of state laws on specific topics such as divorce, labor, taxation and alcoholic beverages. 

National Immigration Law Center 
(213) 639-3900
The NILC provides an excellent set of tools and resources for service providers and advocates, with tools organized into: immigration, employment issues, public benefits, obtaining a driver’s license, the Dream Act, etc. There are also online publications, important legal updates, and an e-newsletter to keep you informed.

Language(s) :English
Audiences: Service Providers, Advocates, General

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
MALDEF focuses on the areas of employment, immigration, education, political access, language, and equity. It provides tools, resources, leadership programs, etc.
Language(s): English, some resources in Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 
510-465-1984, and multiple local chapters
The NNIRR furnishes advocacy and immigration support, both online and through multiple local chapters.

Language(s): English
Audiences: Service Providers, General

American Immigration Lawyers Association
(202) 216-2400
(800) 954-0254 Attorney Referral Service
AILA is useful to more than just attorneys: it provides news and updates on recent cases, access to advocacy, publications and other resources. Also features a toll-free lawyer referral service.

Language(s): English, some Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

Immigration Law Portal
(212) 545-0869 (fax)
Though primarily intended for law professionals, this resource gives ready access to immigration law forms, information, news and other tools.

Language(s): English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese
Audiences: Immigration law professionals, Service Providers, General

Immigration

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

(202) 376-7700 National Headquarters
800-552-6843 Complaint Referral Service

Investigates civil rights complaints, and distributes information on law and policies.

Language(s): English, Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Immigrants’ Rights

Multiple local chapters
http://www.aclu.org/immigrants/

ACLU provides a page on immigrants’ rights in both English and Spanish.
Language(s): English, Spanish
Audiences: General, Service Provider

National Immigration Law Center

(213) 639-3900
http://www.nilc.org/

The NILC provides an excellent set of tools and resources for service providers and advocates, with tools organized into: immigration, employment issues, public benefits, obtaining a driver’s license, the Dream Act, etc. There are also online publications, important legal updates, and an e-newsletter to keep you informed.
Language(s) :English
Audiences: Service Providers, Advocates, General

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

(215) 241-7000 National, multiple chapters
http://www.afsc.org/

AFSC locations can be found all across the U.S., as well as throughout the world. The site gives ready access to important news, sections on topics such as immigrant rights and economic justice, and access to all local programs.
Language(s): English site, some Spanish services
Audiences: Service Providers, Advocates, General

League of United Latin American Citizens

(202) 833-6130
http://www.lulac.org/ 

LULAC works for rights in employment, health, education and civil rights.
Language(s): English, some resources in Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

National Council of La Raza

(202) 785-1670, and multiple local chapters
http://www.nclr.org/

NCLR works through both advocacy and local supports to “improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.” Includes work in the areas of education, assets/investments, civil rights, employment and health.
Language(s): English, some documents in Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

National Immigration Forum

(202) 347-0040
http://www.immigrationforum.org/

As well as breaking immigration news, the National Immigration Forum works through advocacy and public education to uphold the belief that “immigrants are America.” A helpful “community resources” section provides useful tools.
Language(s): Mostly English, some tools/resources in multiple languages
Audiences: Service Providers, General

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Multiple regional offices
http://maldef.org/ 

MALDEF focuses on the areas of employment, immigration, education, political access, language, and equity. It provides tools, resources, leadership programs, etc.
Language(s): English, some resources in Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

(510) 465-1984, and multiple local chapters
http://www.nnirr.org/

The NNIRR furnishes advocacy and immigration support, both online and through multiple local chapters.
Language(s): English
Audiences: Service Providers, General

American Immigration Lawyers Association

(202) 216-2400
(800) 954-0254 Attorney Referral Service
http://www.aila.org/

AILA is useful to more than just attorneys: it provides news and updates on recent cases, access to advocacy, publications and other resources. Also features a toll-free lawyer referral service.
Language(s): English, some Spanish
Audiences: Service Providers, General

Immigration Law Portal

(212) 545-0869 (fax)
http://www.ilw.com/

http://www.ilw.com/forms/

Though primarily intended for law professionals, this resource gives ready access to immigration law forms, information, news and other tools.
Language(s): English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese
Audiences: Immigration law professionals, Service Providers, General

At the Library: See also these books in the collection at E.G. Fisher Public Library

U.S.A. Immigration Guide – 342.73082 CAR
U.S. Citizenship for Dummies – 323.6 HEL
U.S. Immigration & Citizenship: Your Complete Guide – REF 342.73 WER (this item does not circulate)

Health

Premier Medical Information Sites

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Seventeenth Edition. Primarily for medical professionals.

The Merck Manual of Medical Information — Home Edition
Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they’re diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis. 

National Library of Medicine
Home of PubMed, Clinical Trials and more

Tennessee Electronic Library
TEL provides free online access to selected full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles. There are two databases geared toward health information, Health Reference Center Academic and Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Sites that provide Health & Wellness Statistics

Tennessee Department of Health

University of Michigan’s Document Center — Statistics on the Web

MEDLINEplus

Healthfinder

Government Sites

Food and Drug Administration — FDA

National Cancer Institute’s CancerNet

Center for Disease Control – CDC

Drug Information

MEDLINEplus

IBIDS Database (Nutritional Supplements)

Alternative & Herbal Medicines

Dr. Duke’s Databases

Healthfinder

Additional Quality Sites

Mayo Clinic

KidsHealth

Hardin Meta Directory

Updated June 2009

Free Email Accounts

How to Find a Provider

It is important to choose an email provider that has:

  • Good customer support
  • Proven reliability with connectivity
  • Access via the internet (web-based email)
  • Options for increasing your storage if it is needed

Tips on Choosing a Provider

  • Be sure to check the storage capacity with free email providers. If you are expecting to receive huge quantities of email, or email that will contain large attachments you will need a larger storage capacity. Be aware that some providers will encourage you to pay a charge for more storage.
  • After you establish a free email account it is important to check your mail regularly and delete any unwanted messages. New messages will not be delivered if your storage capacity is full.
  • Messages you keep are stored on a server that belongs to the provider. Providers can go out of business without a notification so you may want to print out important information and keep the paper copy as a backup.

At the Library: A Help Sheet for establishing a free Yahoo email account is available at the Reference Desk, but you are free to choose any provider that suits your needs.

Employment Resources

Job Searching, Career Information & Resumes

  • Southeast Tennessee Career Center: Search for jobs in the local or national areas. Provides resources on education, financial aid, and assessment. Search the website or visit the local Southeast Career Center in Athens, 901 Congress Parkway, Phone: 423.745.2028, Fax: 423.745.0749
    http://www.secareercenter.org
  • CareerOneStop: Access over 1 million jobs, get labor market trends and tips, post your resume for thousands of employers, and MUCH MORE
    http://www.careeronestop.org/
  • USAJobs: Learn how to apply for jobs, build your resume, find an ideal job, or explore exciting Federal career options that match your interest. It’s your one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information.
    http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/
  • America’s Job Bank: Jointly maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor and various state employment offices, this is one of the largest sources online for national and international employment. It offers job posting for employers and resume posting and job searching by occupation, keyword, and zip code for job-hunters.
    http://www.ajb.org
  • CareerBuilder: With its efficient online recruiting service, resume posting capability, and access to the classified ads of 45 daily newspapers, acquired from the defunct CareerPath.com, this enormous job bank lists over 400,000 job announcements searchable by type, industry, company, and location.
    http://www.careerBuilder.com
  • CareerJournal: The Wall Street Journal’s free site covers all aspects of the employment search with versatile salary profile data and a calculator; relocation and retirement information; hiring trends listed by industry; resume writing and posting; a large job bank updated twice weekly; and hundreds of articles.
    http://www.careerjournal.com
  • America’s Career Infonet: Part of a suite of online tools sponsored by the Labor Department, ACInet is a superb source of in-depth information on wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state labor market conditions, national employer contacts, and links to 5000 online resources.
    http://www.acinet.org/acinet
  • JobHunt: Offers an impressive gateway to hundreds of useful links to accessible job resources and services listed by category or location.
    http://www.job-hunt.org
  • Monster.com: This dot.com veteran features a tremendous database of information for the job seeker and employer, with a variety of resources for college graduates and chief executives alike.
    http://www.monster.com
  • Salary.com: Supported by a team of experienced compensation specialists, this popular site features fast and easy-to-use salary, benefits, and cost-of-living wizards, a salary timer, college tuition calculator, job assessor, and other tools.
    http://www.salary.com
  • Tennessee Career Information Delivery System: Take a Job Search questionnaire, or search the job database. In cooperation with The Tennessee Dept. of Education Division of Vocational-Technical Education
    http://www.tcids.utk.edu
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition: a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions; the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
    http://www.bls.gov/oco/

Miscellaneous Employment Web Sites

Creating Your Resume

At the Library: A guide is available at the Reference Desk. Also, check resources in our Reference Collection within the 331.1 to 331.7 ranges. See also the Library Catalog, checking subjects such as: job hunting, resumes, cover letters, grants-in-aid, employment, interviews, etc.

Updated November 2007

Education

Financial Aid, Scholarships & Loans

Tennessee Public Universities: Provides an index of public universities in the state of Tennessee with links to each one’s home page.http://www.tn.gov/thec/Index/Institutions/PublicUniv.html

Tennessee Public Community Colleges: Provides an index of public community colleges in the state of Tennessee with links to each one’s home page.http://www.tn.gov/thec/Index/Institutions/CommunityColleges.html

Tennessee Technology Centers: Provides an index of technology centers by location in the state of Tennessee with links to each one’s home page.http://www.tn.gov/thec/Index/Institutions/TechCenters.html

Tennessee Independent Colleges & Universities: Provides an index of independent colleges and universities in the state of Tennessee with links to each one’s home page.http://www.tn.gov/thec/Index/Institutions/TICUA_Members.html

Updated July 2012