- General Federal Government
- United States Code
- Legislative Information
- Federal Courts
- Federal Administrative Law
- FDsys (Government Printing Office): site for official, authenticated copies of federal publications. Databases can be searched individually or as a combination.
- FedWorld: Designed as an overall guide to government information and programs.
- USA.Gov (formerly FirstGov): Official government gateway for locating services and information for federal and state jurisdictions. Categories for citizens, business and governments as well as topical links and search feature.
- Office of the Law Revision Counsel (U.S. House of Representatives): Complete Code chapters can easily be downloaded here in PDF and other formats. This page also links to the searchable web version of the U.S. Code.
- FDsys: The Government Printing Office maintains federal government documents in digital format, and offers a variety of search, browse, and download options for current editions of the Code. Prior versions of the U.S.C. (1994 - ) are also linked from this site. This version of the Code includes a disclaimer that it may not be accurate and to always verify information using the official print version.
- Legal Information Institute (Cornell Law School): Search by citation, by popular name, keyword and Boolean operators and several other methods. Cross-references are in hypertext. Once you find a code section, browse backward and forward in numerical order. Each section contains a link to check currency.
- HeinOnline: Prior editions of the USC (back to 1925) in page-image format. Available to current Duke University students, faculty and staff.
THOMAS (Library of Congress): provides full-text bills from 1989 - present. Browse by topic, popular name, bill number or search by keyword and bill number. There are separate links for each Congress.
- Bill Summary & Status search by subject, bill number, sponsor, stage of legislation or committee. Bill summary and status reports provide links to related committee reports and debates in the Congressional Record.
- THOMAS is in the process of transitioning to Congress.gov. This website is in a beta version and continuously populated with congressional documents, but currently only has documents from 1993 onwards. Beginning in November 2013, THOMAS will permanently redirect to Congress.gov.
- FDsys provides access to bills from the 103rd to the current Congress (1993 - present).
- Federal Legislative History Research Guide: Extensive research guide to conducting federal legislative history research with resources at Duke's Goodson Law Library.
- THOMAS (Library of Congress) - A good starting place for most information related to the United States Congress. Includes continuously updated floor actions, bills, votes, confirmations, reports and hearings. Note: Currently transitioning to Congress.gov.
- Congress (Washington Post) - Daily summary of the day's activities on Capitol Hill, including schedules for hearings and speakers.
- CQ Weekly: The CQ Weekly is known as the pre-eminent resource for Congress-watchers who need nonpartisan information on Capitol Hill. The award-winning magazine's legislative news and analysis is consistently hailed for its accuracy and comprehensiveness. Available to current Duke University students, faculty and staff.
Congressional Record (debates and floor proceedings)
- THOMAS (1989 - present): Search or browse individual congressional sessions. Note: Currently transitioning to Congress.gov.
- FDsys (1994 - present).
- HeinOnline (1873-present): PDF scans of the bound Congressional Record are available through HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents Library. Prior versions of the Record (i.e., Congressional Globe, the Register of Debates, and the Annals of Congress) are also provided. Available to current Duke University students, faculty and staff.
- FDsys: Published hearings in text and PDF formats, 1995-present. This site also offers hearings related to U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominations, dating back to 1971.
- ProQuest Congressional: Digital collection provides published hearings in PDF, 1824-present. Available to current Duke University students, faculty and staff.
- Law Library of Congress: offers selected hearings in PDF in the areas of immigration law, the U.S. Census, and freedom of information/privacy law. This site is a test area for a partnership between the Law Library of Congress and Google.
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set Digital Collection: full-text of all the Reports, Documents and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (1817-1980). Produced by READEX; available to current Duke University students, faculty and staff.
- Supreme Court of the United States: the official web site includes Court calendars and schedules, background information about the Court and justices, Court rules, dockets, bar admissions information, case handling guides and general public information. Full text of current term opinions are featured with links to previous bench opinions. Most documents are provided in PDF.
- U.S. Supreme Court Research Guide: Extensive guide to researching the Supreme Court at Duke's Goodson Law Library.
- Supreme Court Opinions
Lower Federal Courts
- Court Links: The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts links to all available lower federal court websites.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: Includes rules, calendars, forms and general information about the court.
- Opinions of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals: Easy access and searching of full text opinions from 1995 - present and separate lists for today's, this week's and last week's opinions.
- FDsys: Offers a pilot program with court opinions from a select number of lower federal courts including appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.
- U.S. Federal Courts: The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts' clearinghouse of federal judicial information.
- Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER): Service for access to court records and dockets. Nationwide party index with case information accessed at individual courts. Available to current Law School students, faculty and staff via password. Inquire at the Law Library Reference Desk for access.
- Justia Federal District Court Filings and Dockets: Provides docket summaries and information for federal cases, 2004-present. Offers more flexible search capabilities than PACER, although access to actual court documents requires PACER username and password (see above).
- Federal Administrative Law Research Guide: Extensive guide to administrative law research at Duke's Goodson Law Library.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
- CFR (FDsys): Search or browse the official Code of Federal Regulations.
- Update a CFR section, with List of Sections Affected (LSA)
- For the most recent changes, Current List of CFR Parts Affected
- e-CFR: Site for unofficial, but more currently-updated, version of the CFR.
- HeinOnline: Code of Federal Regulations library (1938-present). Available to current Duke University students, faculty and staff.
- Federal Register (FR)
- U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory (LSU): List and links to federal agencies including executive, legislative, independent and quasi-official bodies.
- Federal Administrative Agency Decisions & Other Actions: Research guide with links to decisions from a number of agencies.
- U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions and Appeals Library (HeinOnline): features full-text searching, jump to volume and page, and PDF images from selected case reporters of agency decisions. Available to current Duke University students, faculty and staff.
Last updated 09/2013 mpm