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Law & Regulatory Materials

This LLRX Guide offers search tips and an overview of when to chose Thomas or GPO Access. Both sites provide access to Congressional materials: bill information, Public Laws, the Congressional Record, hearings, committee reports, roll call votes and more. They have a few differences, however, such as indexing options. You may prefer GPO for hearings and quick access to other Congressional materials, and Thomas for bills, roll call votes, and nitty gritty Congressional processes.

An excellent source of Congressional materials: bill information, Public Laws, the Congressional Record, and hearings, committee reports, roll call votes and more.

U.S. Code

Codified (organized by topic) version of all federal laws currently in force. Various sites offer the U.S. Code online, each with slightly different search features and tools. Classification guides show where newly passed legislation will be entered into code. Popular names tables translate the popular name of law to the official title.

Browse the U.S. Code
Browse the U.S. Code by year since 1994. The Government Printing Office (GPO) offers pdf and text formats.

Browse and Search the U.S. Code and Related Tables
The House of Representatives Office of Law Revision Council offers additional tools such as a classification guide and popular names table.

U.S. Code and Popular Names Table
The Legal Information Institute (Cornell University Law School) also offers a useful popular names table in addition to a searchable version of the U.S. Code.

Database of regulations.  From here you can:

  • Search for a regulation such as a proposed rule, final rule or Federal Register (FR) notice
  • Submit a comment on a regulation or on another comment
  • Submit an application, petition or adjudication document
  • Sign up for e-mail alerts about a specific regulation
  • Quickly access regulations that are popular, newly posted or closing soon-directly from the home page

The official site is only a few years old. Offers an interesting selection of features including recent decisions, dockets, biographies, etc. Decisions are available from 2002 forward.

Supreme Court Decisions 1937-1975

Supreme Court Decisions 1992-2000

Congressional Quarterly Supreme Court Collection
Provides not only the text of decisions but explanatory materials, links to related cases. It also offers a variety of search options.

FindLaw-Supreme Court Decisions
Decisions from volume 150 (1893) of the U.S. Reports. Links from citations within decisions to earlier decisions referenced.

Oyez Project Supreme Court Multimedia
Hear the oral arguments for Supreme Court cases back to 1961.


The U.S. Courts are an independent national judiciary providing fair and impartial justice within the jurisdiction conferred by the Constitution and Congress.  As an equal branch of the government, the federal Judiciary preserves and enhances its core values as the courts meet changing national and local needs.

A guide to where to find free and fee based briefs from Federal and State appellate courts.

Includes U.S., State, and International online resources.

One of the largest online law libraries.

The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the federal judicial system.

Teaching Judicial History historical backround and documents, teaching activities, resources for judges and educational outreach for a selection of cases.

Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
The directory includes the biographies of judges presidentially appointed during good behavior who have served since 1789 on the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States,  the former U.S. Circuit Courts, and the federal judiciary's courts of special jurisdiction.

Offers links to the Supreme Court, Lower Courts, Special Courts, and court support organizations.

The principal mission of OPCL is to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people through review, oversight, and coordination of the Department’s privacy operations.

Nicely organized with links to both state and federal resources.

Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS)

The Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, serves the legislative process by providing Congress with non-partisan and in-depth legislative research and analysis on a variety of topics. CRS produces or updates more than 3,000 studies and other publications each year, none of which are distributed to the public. However many sites host reports relating to their main mission/interest providing a great public service.

Great overview site explaining what CRS reports are and with many links to various sites hosting them.

Open CRS Grass roots organization that seeks to make CRS reports available to the public.  Searchable database

Federation of American Scientists Founded in 1945 by scientists who built the first atomic bombs, FAS works to ensure that public policy is informed by intelligent, accurate scientific research. 

University of North Texas This academic site is sponsored by ALA and hosts a growing collection of the reports

State Department

Reports on Environmental Law and Policy hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment

Reports on Homeland Security/Terrorism and Health Law and Policy hosted bt the Thurgood Marshall Law Library

Reports on Intellectual Property, cyberlaw and electronic commerce hosted by the University of New Hampshire

Brings together - online - the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75.

These documents are collected from various federal web sites including the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Many pages include not only the full text of these important documents, but facsimile copies so users may experience the feel of the original material.

The Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in both facsimile and transcribed versions.

For much of the last century, Charles J. Kappler's Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties has served as the primary resource for the final texts of treaties made between American Indian tribes and the United States government.

The Oklahoma State University Library Electronic Publishing Center has digitized all of Kappler's volumes, but it is especially useful that the second volume on treaties has been converted, because this now affords easy access to those texts fashioned between 1778 and 1868.

Since its inception in 1957, the United States Commission on Civil Rights has been at the forefront of efforts by the Federal Government and state governments to examine and resolve issues related to race, ethnicity, religion and, more recently, sexual orientation. Although the fortunes of the Commission have ebbed and flowed with changes in presidential administrations, the Commission has continued to be a vital part of the effort to build an America that is truly equal.

Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Ed decision, this site offers wide ranging coverage of the event and its impact.

A great resource for material pertaining to one of the most famous Cold War criminal cases.

Topical listing of statutes by state, very useful for finding law for a particular jurisdiction or comparing two or more states.

Official links from the State Education Department.

Covers online resources dealing with both the laws of other nations and multinational agreements.

Public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.

A comprehensive guide to Congressional information from the Law Librarians Society of Washington, D.C. 

More resources on the judiciary system.