Resources for Engaged Citizens

As promised last month, this column will, from time to time, be offering a few nonpartisan resources to help you through some of the hyper-partisan months ahead.

These are reference sites that walk a less frenetic path to valuable information for informed citizens—some cultural, some of a factual or investigative nature.

North Carolina Miscellany

This blog features regular posts about new and upcoming books on NC topics, state history in the news, and other treasures from the stacks of the North Carolina Collection at UNC Chapel Hill—the state’s premier collection of published materials documenting the history, literature, and culture of the Tar Heel state. The collection itself is free and open to the public in the Wilson Library on the UNC campus.


A lovely gift from the NC Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina (a part of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources). You can explore historical time periods and subjects, including NC’s governors; counties and government; geography and environment; business and economy; historical places and natural heritage.

Coates’ Cannons: NC Local Government Law

From the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill, this blog offers information about legal issues affecting local governments and public agencies in the state. Excellent resource for both public officials/employees and the citizens who interact with them.


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