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Federal Legal Resources

Federal Court Opinions

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
Contains full text decisions, slip opinions, and orders from the Supreme Court of the United States.

U.S. Court of Appeals Opinions
Cornell’s Legal Information Institute site allows users to search full text any one or all of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

United States Courts Opinions (Beta)
United States Courts Opinions (USCOURTS) collection is a pilot project between the U.S. Government Printing 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.

Federal Court Rules and Forms

State and Federal Court Rules
LLRX.com’s links to over 1400 sources of state and federal court rules, including forms and dockets. Searchable by keyword.

Federal Statutes and Legislative Materials

United States Constitution (GPO Access)
Online version of Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation, 2002 edition plus supplements.

United States Constitution
Transcript of the Constitution in its original form with hypertexted links to the parts that have been amended or superseded.

United States Code
Searchable by title and section numbers or by keyword, from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Statutes at Large
Vols. 1 to 18 (1789-1875) of the United States Statutes at Large, includes a searchable index for vols. 1-8.

Congressional Record (FDsys)
Official record of proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress. It covers Volume 140 (1994) to the present.

Legislative Bills (Thomas)
The Library of Congress’s comprehensive site for U.S. legislative information, including bills, Public Laws, reports, and the Congressional Record.

Public and Private Laws (FDsys)
Contains full-text of all signed bills from the 104th Congress to the present.

Federal Regulations and Administrative Materials

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Divided into 50 titles representing broad areas subject to federal regulations. Searchable by keyword or by citation. (Also see the e-CFR for an unofficial version that’s updated daily.)

Federal Register (FR)
Daily publication of final rules, proposed rules, notices of federal agencies and organizations, and executive orders, and other presidential documents. Coverage is from 1994-present. (Also, try FederalRegister.gov and Regulations.gov for easier-to-use, more visually appealing alternatives.)

List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)
Contains lists of proposed, new, and amended regulations that have been published in the Federal Register since the last revised edition of a CFR Title.

Office of Legal Counsel Opinions
Opinions and Memoranda typically dealing with complex and important legal issues from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel.

Official Gazette for Patents
Links to full text weekly issues of USPTO Patents. Users can browse by classification or type of patent. For example: utility, design, and plant. Specific patents can be accessed by class/subclass or patentee name.

Agency Decisions and Other Actions
Links to administrative decisions and other administrative action outside the scope of the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register, from the University of Virginia Library.

Federal Government Information

United States Government Manual
The official handbook of the federal government containing information on the agencies of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. Users can either browse through the table of contents or search by subject, name, or agency.

Federal Citizen Information Center
The first point of contact for people inquiring about federal programs, benefits, or services. (Formerly “Pueblo.GSA.gov”)

USA.gov
The United States Government’s Official Web Portal. Comprehensive collection of topical and customer-focused links to federal government web pages, including state, local, and tribal governments. Also available in Spanish.

U.S. Congress
Legislative Branch Internet Resources links.

U.S. Court / The Federal Judiciary
A clearinghouse for information from and about the United States Courts.

U.S. Federal Government Agencies
Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries directory of government agencies including independent and quasi-official agencies, boards, commissions, and committees. Searchable by keyword/phrase.

The White House
The President, the Cabinet, and the Executive Office, including a video tour of the Oval Office.

Data.gov
Home of the U.S. Government’s open data, where you’ll find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, etc.

U.S. Census Bureau
2010 Census Data
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Documents Data Miner 2
FDsys Browse Government Publications
FDLP Desktop