Legal Research Links
Federal Legislative Information
Statutes & Legislative History
This site is an excellent source for information on current bills, legislative history, congressional committee reports and much more. New bills and other legislative information are often added to this site within a day or two.
Online version of federal statutes published in the U.S. Code, provided through the U.S. House of Representatives Web site. As with any primary law source found on the Internet or anywhere else, remember to check how current the information is. Online codes are often a year or more out of date. Make sure you update your research accordingly. For the U.S. Code, note the date of the code section and then use the classification tables to see if your code section has been updated during the period covered by the tables.
U.S. Code - HeinOnline
Includes an archive of the U.S.C. going back to inception and predecessor publications. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Recently enacted federal laws, including those that have not been added to the U.S. Code yet, can be searched here. Coverage goes back through the 104th Congress (1995).
U.S. Statutes at Large - HeinOnline
Includes all volumes of the U.S. Statutes at Large from the beginning in 1789 to within the past 2 years or so. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Congressional Publications, including U.S. Serial Set - ProQuest Congressional
This is the most comprehensive online resource we have available for finding and downloading congressional documents. Full-text documents are available in most years for House & Senate Reports (1819 - ), House & Senate Documents (1817 - ), Legislative Histories (1969 - ) and the U.S. Serial Set (1789 - 1969). The collection also includes indexes for Committee Hearings (1824 - ) and Committee Prints & Misc. Publications (1830 - ), with limited full-text available for those documents as well. If you find a reference to a document that is not available in full-text, please see one of our reference librarians for help in obtaining it through other means. Using the advanced search function allows you to search for the documents mentioned above in combination or individually. Additional areas of the collection include the full-text of U.S. Public Laws (1988 - ), U.S. Statutes at Large (1789 - ), GAO reports (2004 - ), the C.F.R. (1981 - ), the Federal Register (1980 - ) and more. There is also a section with information about members of Congress that includes voting records and identification of campaign contributors. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Proquest Legislative Insight currently includes legislative histories for over 18,000 laws from 1929 – present and includes searchable full-text pdfs of hearings, reports, prints, earlier versions of bills, and other documents associated with each law. Also included are excerpts from the Congressional Record referencing each bill, Presidential signing statements, related CRS reports and more. More information. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
U.S. Federal Legislative History Library - HeinOnline
The "U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection" includes full-text legislative histories for a small group of laws selected based on historical significance, The "Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database" provides citations to books, journal articles and other sources that have compiled legislative histories for other laws. Additional documents provide guidance on how to compile your own legislative history. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
U.S. Congressional Documents Library - HeinOnline
Coverage includes the Congressional Record and its predecessor publications containing the debates of Congress going back to the earliest volumes. Also includes the American State Papers and Journals of the Continental Congress. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Information About Congress and How to Contact its Members
Scroll to the bottom of this page for useful links to congressional schedules, directories and information about legislation. Provides contact information for federal and state elected officials, as well as national and local media. Includes voting records for legislation. Now affiliated with Roll Call, a newspaper covering Capitol Hill.
Contains lots of information on U.S. federal and state elections. Includes much information about individual elected state and federal leaders, including biographies, voting records, special interest group affiliations and ratings.
Federal Executive Information
Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 - Current)
Includes both the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (2009 - present) and its predecessor publication, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 - January 2009). Produced by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Current CUNY law students and faculty can use HeinOnline's U.S. Presidential Library if older documents from 1965 - 1993 are needed.
U.S. Presidential Library - HeinOnline
A collection of various historical Presidential documents, executive orders, inauguration speeches, etc. Includes the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents from inception to within a few months of the current date. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Locate federal government agency Web sites easily using the search box or browsing the directory. A very useful site maintained by Louisiana State University.
The U.S. government provides online access to the official print version of CFR here. Several viewing formats are available, including pdf. Various search options are provided to locate regulations by citation, keywords or through browsing. Current regulations must be updated following the same procedure used for updating print editions, so be sure to check the List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA) and carefully follow the instructions provided there.
An unofficial electronic version of the Code of Federal Regulations provided by the Office of the Federal Register and GPO. e-CFR is more up to date than the print-based source linked immediately above as updates published in the Federal Register are usually incorporated into e-CFR within a week or two. Check the Federal Register for the most recent updates since e-CFR was last updated. More information about the status of e-CFR.
Code of Federal Regulations - HeinOnline
Includes an archive of the C.F.R. going back to inception. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
The U.S. government provides online access to the official print version of the Federal Register here. Several viewing formats are available, including pdf. The Federal Register is the official daily publication of Final Rules, Proposed Rules, Notices of Federal Agencies, Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents. Older issues going back as far as 1994 can be searched on this site.
Also known as "Federal Register 2.0," this is an unofficial electronic version of the Federal Register produced jointly by the Office of the Federal Register, GPO and NARA. It is designed to be easier to navigate than the print-based version, with a different organizational scheme and additional search options. More information about this version of the Federal Register .
Federal Register - HeinOnline
Provides access to the Federal Register from its inception in 1936 to within a few months of the current date. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Provided through the government's eRulemaking program, the primary purpose of the site is to make it easier for citizens to participate in the rulemaking process. There are helpful search tools for finding final rules, proposed rules, notices, etc. Note that not all federal agencies participate in the program, so this site is not a substitute for checking the Federal Register if you're doing research. See the About Us and FAQ pages for more information.
Administrative DecisionsFor decisions of individual agencies, see also the agency Web sites, which can be found using the Federal Agency Directory.
A growing collection of federal agency decisions from the Board of Immigration Appeals, National Labor Relations Board, Federal Trade Commission, Securities & Exchange Commission and many others. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Documents published by many federal agencies can be located here. If you can't find the document you want and you know the agency that published it, try using LSU's Federal Agency Directory to find the agency's Web site and see if the document is available there.
Federal Judicial Information
Information on the structure of the federal court system, publications and links to the courts.
Provided by the Federal Judicial Center. Includes judicial biographies (back to 1789!), court information, landmark judicial legislation and more.
U.S. Supreme Court
The official U.S. Supreme Court Web site. Includes recent opinions, orders, oral argument recordings and transcripts, court rules and current docket information, in addition to general information about the court. You can also download electronic versions of the U.S. Reports case reporter.
This is a weekly update service on developments in all areas of law from across the United States. Previous issues are searchable back to 1997. Links are provided to access the full text of U.S. Supreme Court and other decisions reported in this publication. A separate link is available to take you to the Supreme Court Today portion of this site, which includes docket information and and search capabilities for U.S. Supreme Court Opinions. Published by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA). Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
U.S. Supreme Court Library - HeinOnline
Includes copies of U.S. Supreme Court decisions published in U.S. Reports from 1754 to within the past few years, as well as recent preliminary prints and slip opinions. Some historical books and journals about the court are also provided in full text. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Extensive historical archive containing nearly 11 million pages of records, according to the publisher. Part of Gale's "The Making of Modern Law" collection. More information <pdf>. Researchers looking for more recent Supreme Court records and briefs should continue to use the “U.S. Supreme Court Briefs” source on Lexis or the SCT-BRIEF-ALL database on Westlaw. Coverage on Lexis and Westlaw varies for different types of Supreme Court documents, so be sure to consult the database scope note and/or ask a librarian if you’re having trouble finding something.
Another source for U.S. Supreme Court information, including recent opinions, orders, briefs, oral argument transcripts (provided only as links within case information, if available), court rules, docket information, filing guidelines and a court calendar.
Opinions from 1893 - present provided by FindLaw. Search for decisions by citation, party names, or full-text keyword.
The "Legal Opinions and Journals" section of this site has two selections for "Search opinions of." The first one searches all available federal opinions by default, but you can use the pull-down menu to select just U.S. Supreme Court opinions. Coverage includes U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1791.
An alternate source for recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions, provided by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School.
Hear recordings of selected oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, provided by the Oyez Project at Northwestern University. Claims to have all audio recorded from 1995 to present, and audio from selected cases before 1995. Cases from 1955 (when the Court began recording the oral arguments) to the present are being added on an ongoing basis. Unfortunately, finding the recorded arguments is cumbersome and little technical information is provided for playing them, but this is still an interesting resource.
Other Federal Court Decisions
The "Legal Opinions and Journals" section of this site has two selections for "Search opinions of." The first one searches all available federal opinions by default, but you can use the pull-down menu to select the U.S. Supreme Court or specific circuits and their associated district courts. For even more specificity, use the "Select specific courts to search" link below. Coverage includes federal district and appellate cases since 1923 and U.S. Supreme Court cases since 1791.
Search all recent U.S. Court of Appeals opinions available on the Internet by keywords or party names, or restrict your search to just one circuit. Provided by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School. See their "disclaimer" for information on the coverage of the various circuits.
Links to the opinion pages of individual federal court sites, provided by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School.
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) provides access to case and docket information for federal district, bankruptcy and appellate courts, including electronic filings for most courts on the system. Current CUNY School of Law students and faculty should see a Reference Librarian for access to this service. PACER provides a free training site where you can learn to use the service in advance and get a better idea of what is available.
Federal Courts in New York
Government Information Resources
A great source for statistics on crime, criminals and the criminal justice system.
This site furthers President Obama's Open Government Initiative by making federal government executive branch datasets available to the public in one location, and in user-friendly formats. More information.
This is part of the federal government's Data.Gov site, linked above. Here you can search for people by name to see if they are included in datasets tracking White House visitor records, Office of Government Ethics travel reports, Lobbying Disclosure Act data, various Federal Election Commisssion reports and more.
This is the U.S. Government Printing Office's "Federal Digital System", created to make government publications available on the Web. It replaces the former GPOAccess site. The FDsys What's Available page lists the publications that are currently available for browsing or searching. More information.
The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site, providing access to statistics produced by over 100 Federal Government agencies.
According to the Social Security Administration's Policy Information Site, this is "the internal operating instructions used by SSA field employees when processing claims for Social Security benefits. POMS is no longer published in print form.
TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse)
An independent, non-partisan data research organization at Syracuse University focused on tracking federal government staffing, spending and enforcement activities. More information. TRAC has created free Web sites providing data and analysis in the following areas it focuses on:
Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms(ATF)
Department of Homeland Security(DHS)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
TRACFED Data Warehouse - a subscription-based area of the site that our library doesn't have access to.
This is the official U.S. government information portal provided by the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Communications. The stated vision for USA.gov to make it "easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government." The site features a topical directory and a search box to facilitate finding out which government agencies and Web sites may provide useful information on a particular subject. Includes links to state as well as federal government resources.
U.S. Census Bureau Publications
Huge collection of statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
From the page's own description: "The State and Local Area Web site allows online access to the data provided by the Statistical Abstract supplement publications, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book and County and City Data Book. The electronic version provides more current data as well as source links which allow the user to access additional data not included in Census Bureau publications. Also provided are links to additional statistical resources which are not included in the publications."