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Federal Resources

The following resources pertain to federal law and/or the federal government.  They include licensed databases of the Law Library and open access Internet websites.  Access restrictions for licensed databases are noted following each database description.

To locate other resources, including additional databases licensed by the Law Library,  browse the other Electronic Resources web pages or see our List of Databases.


ProQuest Congressional
This comprehensive database (formerly LexisNexis Congressional) utilizes one search interface to a vast collection of congressional publications and legislative information, most in full text.  Documents are indexed using the CIS Index structure and subject terms.  Includes the following full-text collections:

  • Congressional Hearings: 1824 - present
  • Congressional Committee Prints: 1830 - present
  • CRS Reports: 1916 - present
  • U.S. Serial Set (including the American State Papers): 1789-1969
(Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law users only.)

FDsys
This official federal website of the U.S. Government Printing Office, formerly called GPO Access, contains databases, indices and documents representing the official publications of the federal government.  The H. Douglas Barclay Law Library is a selective depository of U.S. government print documents through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).  Stop by the Law Library Reference Desk to find out more about accessing federal documents in print and online.   (Internet resource; Open access)


Thomas:
This official federal website of the Library of Congress provides a gateway to legislative information of the U.S. Congress (Internet resource; Open access)


FirstGov.gov:
This is the U.S. government's official web portal which provides access to official websites, publications, and information of the federal government.(Internet resource; Open access)


Homeland Security Digital Library:
This federal database and respository of policy related documents on homeland security is organized to support local, state and federal decision-making and analysis. It is structured to assist scholars and academics in homeland security research.  The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Grants & Training Center for Homeland Defense & Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, NPS Dudlgey Knox Library.  (Remote access provided to Syracuse University and College of Law users.)


LLMC-Digital:
The Law Library Microfrom Consortium (LLMC) is digitizing many historic legal and government documents. The site contains the full-text of many historic Federal Executive branch publications, and as well as Judicial and Legislative branch materials.  (Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law users only)


CQ Homeland Security:
This licensed database includes comprehensive news coverage, sections on People on the Move including a comprehensive directory for the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Congressional bills and federal regulations related to homeland security issues, and much more.(Licensed database; Access provided to all Syracuse University users)


TRACFED (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse):
TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) is a statistical clearinghouse providing data on federal enforcement, federal staffing, and federal spending. It includes performance data on the activities of federal district judges.(Licensed database; Access provided to College of Law users only)



The following are additional links to selected federal material. Access restrictions are noted:


U.S. Constitution (from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)
U.S. Code (from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)
Federal Register: 1994 (v. 59) - present (from GPO Access)
Federal Register: 1936 (v. 1) - 1993 (v. 58) (from HeinOnline: Licensed database; Access provided to all Syracuse University users only)
Code of Federal Regulations (from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)

U.S. Supreme Court Opinions: 1990 - present (from Cornell's LII)
Federal Circuit Court Opinions (from Findlaw, Thomson's public legal website)
Second Circuit Court of Appeals Decisions: NY, CT, VT
Federal District Courts (from Findlaw, Thomson's public legal website)  

U.S. Supreme Court Rules (from Cornell University Legal Information Institute)
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)
Federal Rules of Evidence (from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute)
Federal Government Web Sites: List of federal government web resources as maintained by the Library of Congress
FedStats: Official federal website compiling statistics from many federal agencies