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Ross-Blakley Law Library: Federal Legislature Research Guide
This research guide is designed to assist you in identifying and locating federal legislation at all stages of its progress through Congress, from proposal to enactment. The guide links to both free resources and subscription resources.
Office of the Law Revision Counsel: U.S. Code (1994-current)
The Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives prepares and publishes the United States Code. The currency date for each section of the Code is displayed above the text of the section. If the section has been affected by any laws enacted after that date, those laws will appear in a list of "Pending Updates". If there are no pending updates listed, the section is current as shown.
Cornell University Law School LII: U.S. Constitution
Cornell University Law School provides free access to the text of the constitution and amendments.
U.S. SUPREME COURT
Ross-Blakley Law Library: U..S Supreme Court Research Guide
This guide details resources for locating materials on the United States Supreme Court and its decisions. It describes resources for Court opinions, orders, briefs, oral arguments, dockets, petitions for certiorari, and news. The guide focuses on resources available in the Ross-Blakley Law Library and free electronic sources.
LOWER FEDERAL COURTS
Ross-Blakley Law Library: Federal Courts Research Guide
The Federal Courts Research Guide provides assistance in locating the decisions and related materials of the United States federal judicial system. It describes resources for accessing opinions, dockets, court filings, and court rules. The guide focuses on resources available in the Ross-Blakley Law Library and free electronic sources
United States Court Opinions (GovInfo)
The United States Courts Opinions (USCOURTS) collection is a project between the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) to provide public access to opinions from selected United States appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Coverage is from 2004 to present, with incomplete coverage from select jurisdictions beginning earlier. Opinions can be downloaded as PDF documents.
Federal Courts Web Archive
The Federal Courts Web Archive, on the website of the Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage of federal judiciary websites. Websites included in the archives include the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, trial courts, and other tribunals. Information available on the archives webpages includes slip opinions, transcripts, dockets, rules, calendars, judicial biographies, and statistics.
Google Scholar Federal Case Law Search
Google Scholar has Supreme Court cases from 1791-present and federal trial, appellate, tax, and bankruptcy cases since 1923.
Public Library of Law
The Public Library of Law provides free access to case law and other primary sources of law. Included are cases from the US Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy courts. Creating an account in PACER and viewing judicial opinions is free. Viewing other court documents costs $0.10/ a page, although users who incur less than $15 in charges per quarter are not billed.
The Office of the Federal Register provides free online access to regulatory information including the current issue of the Federal Register. Information can be searched by keyword or browsed by agency/topic.
GovInfo: Federal Register
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, notices of federal agencies and organizations,executive orders and other presidential documents. GovInfo provides free access to the Federal Register for 1980-present.
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS
This is the most current electronic source of the CFR provided by the GPO and the Office of the CFR. It is updated daily. It does not provide the official version of the CFR.
GovInfo provides access to the Code of Federal Regulations for 1996-present. It is not the most current version of the CFR, but is useful for historical research.
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
This website, made available by the Library of Congress, contains U.S. congressional documents and debates for the years 1774-1875. It contains records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress through the Forty-second Congress.