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The bulk of legal materials produced by the Federal and State governments of the United States, including the legislature, the courts, and administrative agencies, is available through a number of free databases and governmental websites.
- Executive Branch: Executive Orders of the President and State Governors, Administrative Agency Decisions, Regulations in the CFR and State Administrative Codes
- Legislative History including bill drafts, signing statements, committee reports, staff analyses, and mroe in both Federal and State Law
- Case Law and Agency decisions
Federal Legislative history is relatively easy to locate. We have two commercial databases, ProQuest Congressional and ProQuest Legislative Insight. Use Congressional to locate specific Federal congressional record citations and use Insight to find legislative history materials for specific enacted federal legislation.
ProQuest Congressional This link opens in a new windowProvides access to federal bills and acts, committee reports and documents, testimony, rules and regulations, and legislative histories. Indexing begins with 1789 congressional publications and full text availability begins in late 1980s. Formerly known as Lexis Congressional.
ProQuest Legislative Insight This link opens in a new windowA Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
Federal Statutes and other Official Government Publishing Office materials
The United States Government Publishing Office (GPO) maintains a website called Govinfo.gov which allows you to locate official sources of Federal materials including:
If Govinfo.gov does not contain the date range you are looking for, check HeinOnline.