Government and Legal Databases

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Government and Legal Databases

Government Documents - Federal Level

Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation  dates vary
Searches historical, federal government documents covering the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the 1st through 42nd Federal Congresses. Includes The Journals of the Continental Congress, the Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, the Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, the House and Senate Journals (1789-1873), the Senate Executive Journal (1789-1873), and the Journal of William Maclay (1789-1791) are all available both as digital facsimile images and as searchable texts. The Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837), Congressional Globe (1833-1873), seventeen volumes of the Statutes at Large (1789-1873), and selected volumes of the U.S. Serial Set are available as digital facsimile images accompanied by searchable indexes and page headings.

FDsys Government Printing Office current
FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications, such as the United States Code, congressional bills and documents, economic indicators, public laws, and more. Provided by the Government Printing Office, FDsys replaces GPO Access. Library of Congress 2001-
(Note: is currently still in beta mode. It will replace Thomas as the source for U.S. legislative information.)
Provided by the Library of Congress, searches current legislation from 2001 to present. Search for bills, resolutions, Congressional Records and more.

Colorado Government Documents

Colorado State Documents Index  years vary
Searches the Colorado State Publications Library.


LegalTrac Gale 1980-
Use this database to find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals, and legal newspapers on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Government Regulations, Legal Practice, and legal subjects such as Taxation and International Law. British Commonwealth and European Union cases and law are also included.

LexisNexis Academic LexisNexis  years vary
Provides access to a broad range of news, business, legal, and reference information.

Legal Information Reference Center EBSCO years vary
Contains full-text reference sources to legal information and legal forms. In addition to keyword searching, this database lets you browse for legal information by topic area or geographic location.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson) EBSCOhost 1982-
This general database includes articles that cover a wide range of topics in education, general science, humanities, and the social sciences. Formerly known as WilsonWeb, OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition contains the full text of articles from over 2,500 publications and abstracts from nearly 3,600 publications.

Selected General Databases

Academic OneFile Gale/InfoTrac 1980-
Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

Academic Search Premier EBSCOhost years vary
Provides full text for more than 3,430 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Annual Reviews  1996-
Annual Reviews provides researchers, professors, and scientific professionals with a definitive academic resource in 29 scientific disciplines.

CQ Researcher CQ Press  1923-
Explores controversial issues in the news with objectivity and balance. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology. Each report contains charts, graphs and sidebar articles -- plus a pro-con feature, a chronology, lengthy bibliographies and a list of contacts.