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Legal Research Tips

In Check This Out on February 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Here’s a few new tips and links from the helpful librarians at Schmid Law Library:

Federal Legislation.

Congress.gov (http://beta.congress.gov/ ) is a website launched in the fall by the Library of Congress that gives users excellent and detailed information about federal legislation. The site is similar to, Govtrack.us (http://www.govtrack.us/ ), but doesn’t have as many useful tools. But this site does give users all the basics: text of bills, the ability to track any bill’s progress once introduced and detailed information about amendments and sponsors. Also, since it’s a product of the Library of Congress, it’s as close to an official source of congressional information as is available today.

State Legislation.

This week the Sunlight Foundation announced that their Open States project now covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Open States, http://openstates.org/ is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state’s capitol and all other states in one source. Users may also track legislation after a simple registration process.

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