Digital Resources – Federal

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Federal Research Resources   State Research Resources Secondary Sources: Federal Data Sources Secondary Sources: Journals, Legal Opinions, and Dictionaries Domestic/International
Secondary Sources: U.S. Treaties & Foreign/International Law


FEDERAL LAW & GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS


 

GovInfo

GovInfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office, which is a federal agency in the legislative branch. GovInfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. In addition to providing an advanced, metadata-powered search experience, GovInfo also includes a content management system and a standards-compliant preservation repository.

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Legal Information Institute (LII) provides open access to legal materials.  Resources include annotated version of the constitution, federal statutes, Supreme Court decisions, and the Code of Federal Regulations.

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American Law Sources On-Line

American Law Sources On-line (ALSO!) provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to all on-line sources of American law that are available without charge.  Here you can find U.S. legal materials, including state and federal amicus briefs, and most-cited legal periodicals by state.

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Founders Constitution

The Founders’ Constitution has proved since its publication in 1986 to be an invaluable aid to all those seeking a deeper understanding of one of our nation’s most important legal documents. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day.

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Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information, providing access accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the general public. Offices involved in supplying legislative information to Congress.gov include the Secretary of the Senate, the Office of the Clerk of the House, the House Recording Studio, the Government Publishing Office, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Congressional Research Service.

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The USA.gov website offers a wealth of federal government information. It includes links to the websites of departments, and agencies and branches of government.

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The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United Sates House of Representatives.  The Office of the Law Revision Council offers the most recent version of the U.S. Code, fully searchable.

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The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, and is also the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, with fully searchable records.

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The Supreme Court website includes full text of certain materials, including many opinions. It also suggests resources for finding briefs.

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Visit SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog covers the U.S. Supreme Court comprehensively, without bias and according to the highest journalistic and legal ethical standards, and generally reports on every major merits case before the court at least three times: before argument, after argument and after the decision. Blog notes all of the paid cert petitions that raise a legal question we believe may interest the justices; we give additional coverage to particularly significant petitions. For the merits cases and the petitions covered, access to all the briefs is also available.


Oyez is a multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. A comprehensive source for all of the Court’s audio since 1955. Oyez offers searchable audio, plain English case summaries, illustrated decision information, and detailed information on every Justice in the Court’s history.

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The Caselaw Access Project offers free, public access to over 6.5 million decisions published by state and federal courts throughout U.S. history.

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Federal Court Finder

Federal Court Finder allows you to search federal courts location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization

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CourtListener is AN ALERT TOOL for the U.S. judicial system that is updated daily. Includes all precedential opinions from the Supreme Court and Circuit Courts. Non-precedential opinions are all available except from the D.C. Circuit. Search millions of opinions by case name, topic, or citation.

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CourtListener also produces The RECAP archive, which contains free access to federal district and bankruptcy court documents from PACER. Recap Case involves ensuring that cases have not been overruled or negatively impacted by later case law. Tools that facilitate this case validation process are called CITATORS, which are best accessed through state and local public law libraries. 

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You can also find a citatory tool that works with CourtListener called CITEGEIST from the Free Law Project below


The details of how CiteGeist works are in our code, but the basic idea is to give a high CiteGeist score to opinions that are cited many times by other important opinions, and to give a lower CiteGeist to opinions that have not been cited or that have only been cited by unimportant opinions. Once we’ve established the CiteGeist score, we combine it with a query’s keyword-based (TF/IDF) relevancy. Together, we get a combined score which is a measure of how intrinsically important a case is (its CiteGeist) as well as how closely it matches your specific query.

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Access FindLaw‘s searchable database of U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1760. Supreme Court opinions are browsable by year and U.S. Reports volume number, and are searchable by party name, case title, citation, full text and docket number. In-depth analysis of Supreme Court cases throughout history can be found at FindLaw’s Supreme Court Center.

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FindLaw’s archive of opinion summaries covers published opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court, all thirteen U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and select state supreme and appellate courts from September 2000 through August 2019. 

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Justia.com provides access to an extensive database of federal cases, legal guides, legal research and law practice information, lawyers, legal aid and pro bono services.

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The White House website contains presidential documents including executive orders, presidential memoranda, and proclamations.

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Federal Research Resources   State Research Resources Secondary Sources: Federal Data Sources Secondary Sources: Journals, Legal Opinions, and Dictionaries Domestic/International
Secondary Sources: U.S. Treaties & Foreign/International Law