Government & Law

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Government & Law Resources

Federal Government

  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications – The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)! The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online
  • USA.gov – Enables you to find U.S. government information that has been posted on the Internet. It offers a powerful search engine and an index of web-accessible government information and services to help you find what you need.
  • Federal Bulletin Board – The Federal Bulletin Board (FBB) is a free electronic bulletin board service of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). All file library documents can be downloaded free of charge.
  • FedStats –“Allows access to the the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government, including economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more.
  • FedWorld Information Network – Fedworld offers multiple distribution channels to disseminate information to the public and to the Federal Government.
  • FDSys Federal Digital System Provides free online access to federal depository information such as the Congressional Record, U.S. Code, Federal Register as well as other federal documents.
  • FEMA Disaster Assistance – How to apply for disaster assistance from the U.S. Government.
  • Federal Consumer Information Center National Contact Center
  • Library of Congress
  • The National Archives Information Server
  • Regulations.gov – “Find, review, and submit comments on Federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register, the Government’s legal newspaper.”
  • Treaties in Force – “Lists treaties and other international agreements of the United States on record in the Department of State as being in force as of January 1 of the specified year. It is arranged in three sections.”
  • Thomas.gov – Searchable database of federal legislative information including bills, The Congressional Record (1989-Current), schedules, calendars and other legislative information.
  • LSU Libraries Federal Agencies Directory

Federal Government Legal Resources

  • Federal Register – “Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.”
  • Congressional Record – “The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session.GPO Access contains Congressional Record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the “Daily Digest,” which summarizes the day’s floor and committee activities.”
  • United States Code – “The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles.”
  • Thomas.gov – Includes bills, The Congressional Record (1989-Current), schedules, calendars and other legislative information.
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court Rulings -Offers Supreme Court decisions and other information back to 1990 as well as historic decisions.

General Government & Legal Sites

Homeland Security

Legal Research

  • Findlaw – Provides access to a comprehensive and fast-growing online library of legal resources for use by legal professionals, law students, consumers and small businesses.
  • Google Scholar – Select legal documents to search court opinions.
  • Legal Information Institute – Provides information on federal, state and international law, as well as other legal information.
  • The Public Library of Law – Provides U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases, as well as cases from all 50 states going back to 1997. Also provides Federal statutes and state code, constitutions, court rules, legal forms,

Local Government

Local and Kentucky Legal Resources

State Government & Politics

Tax Resources

United States Congress

  • United States Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Congressional Globe – Forerunner to the Congressional record. Published from 1833 – 1873. Online records are digitally reproduced pages and include searchable text. LFPL also has some holdings at the Main Library – please see a staff member for details.
  • Congressional Record – Online from 1994 to the present. May be searched via keyword or browsed by Day of Session or Daily Digest. LFPL also has Volumes 1 – 130 at the Main Library. Please see a staff member for details.
  • GovTrack.us – “Easily track the activities of the United States Congress.  Use GovTrack to keep tabs on your representatives in Congress or to research pending legislation that might impact your life or business.”


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