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  • American FactFinder
    American FactFinder is a source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. [Internet resource: free on the Web]
  • Catalog of U. S. Government Publications
    The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) has been the government's finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government since 1976. The catalog will grow to include records for publications dating back to the late 1800s. These publications make up the National Bibliography of U.S. Government Publications. The CGP contains descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Initially, the CGP was the online counterpart of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, which ceased in print with the December 2004 issue. [Internet resource: free on the Web]
  • Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
    A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875. It includes the Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-89); the Letters of Delegates to Congress (1774-89); the Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, or Farrand's Records, and the Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution (1787-88), or Elliot's Debates; the Journals of the House of Representatives (1789-1875) and the Senate (1789-1875), including the Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875); the Journal of William Maclay (1789-91), senator from Pennsylvania in the 1st Congress; the debates of Congress as published in the Annals of Congress (1789-1824), the Register of Debates (1824-37), Congressional Globe (1833-73), and Congressional Record (1873-75); the Statutes at Large (1789-1875); the American State Papers (1789-1838); and congressional bills and resolutions for selected sessions beginning with the 6th Congress (1799) in the House of Representatives and the 16th Congress (1819) in the Senate. A select number of documents and reports from the monumental U.S. Congressional Serial Set are available as well. [Internet resource: free on the Web]
  • DC Historic Preservation Decisions
    Contains the decisions of the District of Columbia Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation. The Mayor's Agent reviews permits regarding historic properties. The D.C. Preservation Law protects all landmarks or structures that contribute to a historic district listed in the District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites. Under the law, permit applications involving a listed property, a building contributing to a historic district or its site must be reviewed for historic compatibility prior to issuance. The recommendations of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board are considered, and a decision is made as to whether or not the application meets the requirements of the law. Internet resource: free on the Web
  • Declassified Documents Reference System - US
    Declassified Documents Reference System - US provides full text searchable access to a selection of over 75,000 previously classified U.S. government documents. Post World War II documents include correspondence and memoranda, minutes of cabinet meetings, technical studies, national security policy statements, and intelligence reports.
  • Digital National Security Archive

    Please note: this collection may contain classified material.

    The Digital National Security Archive contains more than 58,000 declassified primary documents that led to policy decisions. Covers such areas as Afghanistan, Berlin Crisis 1958-1962, Cuban Missile Crisis, El Salvador, Iran-Contra Affair, Terrorism and U.S. policy, etc.
  • East India Company
    This digitized collection of East India Company records from the British Library spans the Company’s founding in 1600 to Indian independence in 1947, and includes royal charters, meeting notes of the Council of India, reports of expeditions and government memoranda.
  • Federal digital system (FDsys)
    "GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes." You can search all of its collections together, or you can limit your search to one or more collections. [Internet resource: free on the Web]
  • HeinOnline: Federal Register Collection
    HeinOnline has various modules, which are are fully-searchable. This library contains PDF documents for the CFR from 1938-1983, the Federal Register from 1936 onward, the U.S. Government Manual from 1935 onward, and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents from 1965 onward.
  • HeinOnline: Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies
    Presidents often establish special boards, task forces, commissions and committees. This resource serves a bibliographic database of these reports. Over 6,000 reports on items such as 9/11, the assassination of JFK, bioethics and more are searchable and over 1,200 are available in full-text.
  • HeinOnline: Session Laws Library
    The Session Laws collection contains session laws for the United States, Canada, the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Statutes at Large are from 1789 forward, in PDF format.
  • HeinOnline: State Statutes: A Historical Archive
    State Statutes: A Historical Archive includes superseded state statutes for all fifty states. Browse or search the statutes by state, publication title, date, and text. Coverage goes back until 1717. Note: this library does not contain current state statutes. The titles included for each state were verified against Pimsleur’s Checklist of Basic American Legal Publications.
  • HeinOnline: U.S. Attorney General Opinions Library
    HeinOnline has various modules, which are are fully-searchable. This library contains PDF documents for Attorney General's National Committee to study the antitrust laws (1955) -- Attorney General. Annual Report. U.S. Department of Justice (1870-2005) -- Digest of the published opinions of the Attorneys-General, & of the leading decisions of the federal courts, with reference to international law, treaties and kindred subject (1877) -- Official opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States (1791-1982) -- Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice (1977-1996. For all HeinOnline modules, see main record for HeinOnline.
  • HeinOnline: U.S. Congressional Documents Library
    HeinOnline has various modules, which are are fully-searchable. This database contains PDF documents for Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe, Congressional Record, American State Papers, and Journals of the Continental Congress.
  • HeinOnline: U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals
    The U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals database is a collection of the official decisions of some of the United States' most important government institutions. The first part of this collection is now available, and links to the individual titles are listed below.
  • HeinOnline: U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
    The U.S. Federal Legislative History Library is a collection of federal legislative histories on landmark Acts. Each piece of legislation available in the database includes the public law number, Statutes at Large citation, and any relevant books, articles, and Legislative Histories in its entry.
  • LLMC Digital
    LLMC Digital is an electronic database of historical legal materials containing case reporters, statutes of the U.S. and selected foreign nations, U.S. government documents, and many other legal materials. It is a rich source for legal history researchers.
  • Legal Information Archive: the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group
    The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group features government, policy, and legal information archived from the Web through a partnership between state and academic law libraries. The collections include: * Reports relating to U.S. government and policy * Selected state, federal, and foreign government documents * Materials relating to public policy and legal issues in Maryland * Publications issued by Virginia's judicial branch * Materials relating to the District of Columbia
  • Nexis Uni
    LexisNexis Academic Universe provides full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications with a variety of flexible search options. LexisNexis Academic provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: National and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepards Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; Business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.
  • ProQuest Congressional
    Bills & Public Laws 1987-present; Committee Prints & misc. publications 1817-present; Congressional Record Bound Edition & predecessors 1789-2001; Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-present; Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports 1916-present; Hearings 1817-present; House & Senate Documents 1817-present; House & Senate Reports 1789-present; Serial Set publications 1789-present; Serial Set Maps 1789-1969; CIS Legislative Histories 1969-present.
  • ProQuest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations 1789-2017
    Presidential executive orders and proclamations since the beginning of the U.S. presidency to the present are searchable by keyword and title.
  • ProQuest Indian claims insight
    Access the claims presented to Congress, the Indian Claims Commission and the U.S. Court of Claims by keyword and docket number. Content included are decisions, briefs, maps, journals and testimony.
  • ProQuest Supreme Court Insight
    This collection offers researchers a single location for discovery of Supreme Court dockets, complete opinions, oral arguments, joint appendices and briefs, including those filed by amicus curiae.
  • ProQuest supreme court insight cert denied
    This module is an online collection of Supreme Court cased from 1997 to 2017/18 term in which the petition for writ of certiorari was denied. All documents are fully searchable PDFs, incluing peition state briefs.
  • Public Documents Masterfile
    Public Documents Masterfile is an electronic guide to federal, state, local and international public documents, spanning over 200 years of publication, in a single searchable database. Contains two types of records, full bibliographic records and brief records comprised of index terms or pointers to public documents cumulations or catalogs. The more than 5 million records now (2011) online comprise: * Post-1976 GPO Documents * GPO Monthly Catalog Indexes 1900-1976 with Page/Entry Numbers and Depository Status (forthcoming) * GPO Documents 1789-1976 with SuDocs Numbers * Pre-1900 United States Documents * International Documents (e.g., World Bank Records) * US Department of Energy * ERIC files * Non-U.S. Documents (Canada, with other countries forthcoming) * State and Provincial Documents * Non-GPO Public Documents Held by the Library of Congress. Paratext has added more than 12 million links from its core research products—19th Century Masterfile (NCM) and Public Documents Masterfile (PDM)—to full-text resources, many in the public domain. These links, which will be fulfilled through Google Book Search™ and Google News Archive Search™, include more than one-million links to documents in The New York Times Archive.
  • is the federal government's central website for posting notices of proposed agency regulations and for receiving public comments on those notices. You can also use this site * to read others' comments on proposed regulations; * to identify and view a variety of documents on a regulatory docket; * to get email alerts as documents are added to a regulatory docket; and * to get an RSS feed of documents from the daily Federal Register.
  • State and Local Government on the Net
    This State and Local Government Internet directory provides one-stop access to the web sites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments. Only sites that are controlled and actively managed by state and local government agencies are included. Features a State Topical Guide providing easy access to to one-page listings of key government functions across all 50 states. Free: Internet resource
  • THOMAS : Legislative Information on the Internet
    Includes: Full text of bills and resolutions: 1989-present (101st Congress forward); Summary information about bills and resolutions: 1973-present (93rd Congress forward); Congressional record: 1989-present (101st Congress forward); Committee reports: 1995-present (104th Congress forward); Presidential nominations: 1987-present (100th Congress forward); Treaties: 1967-present (90th Congress forward). Also includes the text of How our laws are made, by Charles W. Johnson.
  • THOMAS : Legislative Information on the Internet
    [Internet resource: free on the Web]

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