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Find Federal Legal Resources

Congress.gov – Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. It replaces the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov site with a system that includes platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. It currently includes all data sets available on THOMAS.gov except nominations, treaties and communications. These data sets will be added throughout 2014. Until that time they are still accessible through THOMAS.gov. THOMAS.gov will be permanently retired by the end of 2014.

Constitution of the United States – Text of the Constitution and links to other historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers.

FDSYS — Federal Digital System representing “the next generation of online government information." Good source for current Federal Register and CFR text. Includes some administrative agency decisions and many legislative history documents.

Federal Agencies – Links to agency Web sites for news, directories and agency documents.

Federal Courts of Appeals and District Courts – Contains slip opinions for circuit, district and special federal courts with links to related agencies.

House of Representatives – Web pages of individual Representatives for biographical information, press releases and contact information. Descriptions of House committees and subcommittees with links to schedules and hearing transcripts. A good summary of the legislative process.

The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978 – Includes nearly 11 million pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court during the final years of Chief Justice John Marshall’s Court through the first ten years of the Warren Court. It contains scanned images, so documents appear just as they do in the printed sources. Full-text searching is available.

ProQuest Congressional (ProQuest)
Bills, hearings, reports, committee prints, debates and public laws of the US Congress from 1789-present are indexed by subject, title, personal names, document numbers, and more. Full text is available for most documents. Full text of all documents indexed also can be found in the law library’s microform collection.

ProQuest Legislative Insight — compiled federal legislative histories containing digital full-text versions of bills, Congressional Record debates, committee hearings, and reports for enacted U.S. Public Laws (1929 to present). Committee prints, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications are provided as background material. Presidential signing statements are also included.

Senate – Home pages of Senators for biographical information, press releases and contact information. Descriptions of Senate committees and subcommittees with links to schedules and hearing transcripts.

Supreme Court of the United States – Official Supreme Court site. Contains opinions from 1991-present, a brief overview of the Court, a listing of all justices and biographies of the current members, oral argument calendar and transcripts, and information about obtaining briefs.

THOMAS – Maintained by the Library of Congress, this is the best source for PDF versions of federal bills and bill status information. Links to the text of legislative documents including bills, hearings, reports, debates and public laws. THOMAS.gov is being replaced by Congress.gov––the new official source for federal legislative information. Congreess.gov. currently includes all data sets available on THOMAS.gov except nominations, treaties and communications. These data sets will be added throughout 2014. THOMAS.gov will be permanently retired by the end of 2014.

United States Code – Consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. Available through HeinOnline.

The White House – Video, audio and transcripts of major speeches by the President and members of his cabinet. Press releases, executive orders and proclamations. Links to cabinet member biographies.