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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Provides full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including full text for 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1865.

Research Library (ProQuest)

Provides access to full-text journals across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science, and psychology.

LexisNexis Academic

Law news, law review articles, case law, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, law directories, and more.

CQ Weekly

Non-partisan news and analysis from Capitol Hill. Coverage of the U.S. Congress: status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, backroom maneuvering, and more. Covers 1983 to present.

CQ Researcher

Provides in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy. Each article includes a lengthy discussion of the issue, pros and cons, background information, a chronology, future outlook, tables and maps, a bibliography, and links to related CQ Weekly stories. Covers 1991 to present.


A journal archive covering arts, humanities, and social sciences. Coverage extends until 3-5 years ago. *Current issues may be available in other databases - to see our complete full-text coverage for a particular journal title, use the Magazines/Journal search in the library catalog.

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

An index covering a wide range of interdisciplinary fields in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals. Covers 1907-1984. Linked full text may be available in other GTL databases.

Print Resources

LC call number ranges: JK [Political institutions and public administration – United States], K [Law – General], KF [Law – United States]

Subject headings:
Law – United States
United States – Politics and government
United States. Congress.
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Congress. Senate.
United States. President.
Executive power – United States
Presidents – United States
United States. Supreme Court


Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to Congress, 5th ed. [2 v.]

REF KF 1021 .C56

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections, 4th ed. [2 v.]

REF JK 1967 .C662 2001

Guide to the Presidency, 3rd ed. [2 v.]

REF JK 516 .C57 2002


United States Code

REF KF 62 2000

Black's Law Dictionary, 7th ed.

REF KF 156 .B53 1999

Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. [2 v.]

REF KF 352 .Z9 H57 2001

West's Encyclopedia of American Law [13 v.]

REF KF 154 .W47 2004

The Constitution & the U.S. Supreme Court

The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis & Interpretation

REF KF 4527 .U54

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution [6 v.]

REF KF 4548 .E53 2000

Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. [2 v.]

REF KF 8742 .W567 1997

Related GTL Research Guides

New York State Information

U.S. Supreme Court

Online Sources for Laws and Legislation


Links to federal statutory law, administrative law, case law, and state statutes and case law.

Law Sources via GPO Access (searchable): U.S. Government Source

Thomas - Legislative Information on the Internet (Library of Congress)  U.S. Government Source

The best resource for federal legal information.  Full text of bills, statutes, and public laws.

WashLaw Web (Washburn University School of Law)

Circuit court opinions, administrative law, federal and state laws.

Help and Explanations

The Legal Process (North Harris College Library)

Explains how a bill moves through Congress.  Tells where to find both paper and online versions of legislation.

Congress, Representatives, and Voting Records

U.S. Senate  U.S. Government Source

U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Government Source

Project Vote Smart

Provides access to legislators' and government officials' voting records and positions on major issues.


Last updated 08-24-09