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* Executive

Consider the executive branch: the presidency springs to mind. However, this branch also includes all federal agencies and departments, such as the Departments of Education, Homeland Security, and State. Others include the Federal Reserve, NASA, and the Post Office. If you know that what you need is not Congressional or court-related, come here.
* Legislative

It is the task of Congress to create legislation, and the path that bills take to become laws can involve many reports & documents. Said path also involves a great deal of debate & often, official Congressional hearings. If you can think of it, the chance are excellent that there is a written Congressional record about it.
* Judicial & Legal Research

The United States judiciary consists of much beyond the Supreme Court. In addition, the Supreme Court decides many issues beyond those "hot topics" that make the evening news.
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* Executive

Consider the executive branch: the presidency springs to mind. However, this branch also includes all federal agencies and departments, such as the Departments of Education, Homeland Security, and State. Others include the Federal Reserve, NASA, and the Post Office. If you know that what you need is not Congressional or court-related, come here.
* Legislative

It is the task of Congress to create legislation, and the path that bills take to become laws can involve many reports & documents. Said path also involves a great deal of debate & often, official Congressional hearings. If you can think of it, the chance are excellent that there is a written Congressional record about it.
* Judicial & Legal Research

The United States judiciary consists of much beyond the Supreme Court. In addition, the Supreme Court decides many issues beyond those "hot topics" that make the evening news.

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Agency or Department Information

FirstGov's Agency Index Go here if you're unsure of specifics about your topic, but you know that what you need is not Presidential or Congressional.

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.

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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

Daily Proceedings

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

Congressional Record: 1985-current is available via LexisNexis Congressional.
Congressional Record: 1989-current is available via THOMAS (Library of Congress).

Bills: Pre-1981

* To track down bills prior to 1981, please contact the Government Documents librarian.

Bills: 1981-Present

* 1981-current are located under House & Senate Bills in the federal documents microfiche.
* 1989-current are available via LexisNexis Congressional or THOMAS.

Election Statistics

* 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

Hearings (Testimony)

* The contents of Congressional hearings are available in microfiche, in print, & online. Please email the Government Documents librarian.

Laws

* 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.

Legislative Histories

* Pre-1970: Please email the Government Documents Librarian.
* 1970-current are available via LexisNexis Congressional.

Manuals

* 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

Voting Records

* 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.

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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)

U.S. Courts

Use the U.S. Courts Locator to find

* U.S. Courts of Appeals
* U.S. District Courts Locator
* U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

U.S. Courts Decisions at the state & federal levels (case law) is also available full-text in the Legal Research module of LexisNexis.

GPO Access and FirstGov also link to a wealth of judicial information.

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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