E X E C U T I V E B R A N C H
Agency or Department Information
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) The CFR "is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government." (c.f. Congressional Universe)
The Federal Register This "is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents." (c.f. Congressional Universe) Presidential Information
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents Published every Monday through the National Archives, this is where to go for Presidential statements, messages, and the like. (1993-current)
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States This series starts with Harry S Truman and continues through George W. Bush. These sets are the bound compilations of the Weekly Compilations. Financial Information
Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget Keep track of federal finances with these nonpartisan offices. The former is focused on Congress and the latter on executive branch agencies and departments.
L E G I S L A T I V E B R A N C H
* Daily Proceedings * Bills: Pre-1981 * Bills: 1981-Present * Election Statistics * Hearings (Testimony) * Laws * Legislative Histories * Manuals * Congressional Reports & Documents * Voting Records
The following are available online or in the microfiche cabinet nearest the hallway door.
* Annals of Congress: 1789-1824 (online) * Register of Debates: 1824-1837 (online) * Congressional Globe: 1833-1873 (online) * Congressional Record: 1873-2002
* To track down bills prior to 1981, please contact the Government Documents librarian.
* 1981-current are located under House & Senate Bills in the federal documents microfiche. * 1989-current are available via LexisNexis? Congressional or THOMAS.
* 1920-Most Recent: U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Clerk: Election Results * 1956-Most Recent: America Votes (CQ) * 1964-Most Recent: Census Voting & Registration Data * 1992-Most Recent: State of Texas Election Data
* The contents of Congressional hearings are available in microfiche, in print, & online. Please email the Government Documents librarian.
* Statutes at Large: 1789-1875 are available online. * Statutes at Large: 1845-1936 are available in periodicals microfilm (Micro LAC 22036-108). * Statutes at Large: 1889-current are available in print. * Statutes at Large: 1988-current are available via LexisNexis? Congressional.
* Pre-1970: Please email the Government Documents Librarian. * 1970-current are available via LexisNexis? Congressional.
* The United States Government Manual is available at the Reference Desk. Older editions are in Federal Documents. Consult the manual for current information on federal organizational structure, personnel, and the like.
Congressional Reports & Documents (Serial Set)
Note the overlaps in coverage of the sources below.
* 1789-1838: Use American State Papers (full text). * 1817-1886: Use the U.S. Congressional Serial Set Collection, 1817-1980 (full text). * For all else, use Congressional Universe. It offers: o 1789-1969: Citations with no description. Use to access microfiche. o 1970-1994: Brief descriptions. Use to access microfiche. o 1995-current: Reports & documents are online, full-text. o How to Use Congressional Universe
* 1987-current are available via Lexis Nexis Congressional under "Members". * 1956-1998 are available in Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. (Microfilm) * Historical voting information is recorded in the Congressional Record, which is on microfilm in the federal documents microfilm cabinet nearest the hallway door.
J U D I C I A L B R A N C H
U.S. Supreme Court
* Supreme Court Reporter (print) * West's Supreme Court Reporter (print) * Official Reports of the Supreme Court (print) * United States Reports : Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court (print) * Cornell Legal Institute Supreme Court Opinions (1990-current; online) * Findlaw Supreme Court Decisions (1893-current; online)
Use the U.S. Courts Locator to find
* U.S. Courts of Appeals * U.S. District Courts Locator * U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
Non-U.S. Law: Law Library of Congress is an excellent starting point in many areas, but especially so in international/multinational law and the law of foreign countries.
Texas Law: Texas Legal Research, courtesy of UT-Austin's Law Library, is an excellent starting point for researching the law in the Lone Star State.
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