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Federal Government: Legislative Information

  • is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • Thomas
    Legislative information from the Library of Congress.
  • Library of Congress Government Resources
    Government Resources: Links to Congressional information from official and non-official sources.
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law
    A flow chart of the path a bill takes to become a law.

Federal Government: Regulatory Information

  • U.S. Government Manual
    The Manual provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial and executive branches as well as boards, committees, and commissions. It gives summaries of agencies' purposes, brief histories and also gives consumer and public interest information. It includes indexes by personal name and agency/subject.
    The Tulane Law Library has the current paper copy in the Reference Collection (AE 2.108/2). Older editions are in the 5th Floor Government Documents collection.
  • Code of Federal Regulations
    Administrative Regulations arranged by Agency and subject in the FDsys government database.
  • Code of Federal Regulations
    Administrative Regulations in the Cornell Legal Information Institute database.
  • Federal Register
    Administrative Regulations published in a daily format and including proposed regulations.

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Law Library Government Documents Introduction


The Tulane Law Library is one of approximately 1,400 Federal depository libraries throughout the United States and its territories, at least one in almost every Congressional District.  All provide free public access to a wide variety of Federal government information in both print and electronic formats, and have expert staff available to assist users.  The Law Library is also a Louisiana State Documents Depository as well as receiving some international documents on deposit.  

    The Tulane Law Library became a Congressionally designated federal depository library in 1976, with the assistance and support of Lindy Boggs, our Congressional Representative at the time here in the 2nd Congressional District. We were assigned the depository number 0227-A. Public Law 95-261 [92 Stat. 199], which gave accredited law schools the opportunity to become part of the depository program under a special designation category, was enacted in 1978. In 1985, the Government Printing Office (GPO), which administers the depository program, requested that we change our designation from a Congressional one to a law school one, in order to free up another Congressional designation in the 2nd District. We agreed to do so, and the change was made in July of 1985. Our depository number remained the same, and there was no change in our depository shipments or operations.  By becoming a federal depository library, we agreed to abide by our responsibilities as specified in Tittle 44 of the United States Code.

    We receive approximately 26% of the item numbers available for selection from the GPO, a percentage that is more than twice the average selection rate for law libraries. Our collection is based on the needs of the law faculty and students, as well as the community at large. We cooperate with other depositories in the area in order to ensure that our collection is both responsive to the information needs of our users, and efficient in its operation.





Use Databases & Indexes (the terms are often used interchangeably) to identify research articles, technical reports, book chapters, and other materials on your topic. You may need to search more than one database to locate the most appropriate materials for your information need.

  • Proquest Congressional Publications
    (You must have a Tulane email username and password) Offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress.
  • Hein Online
    (you must have a Tulane email username and password) The Federal Register Library, U.S. Presidential Library, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Supreme Court Library, or the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library.

  • Marcive  
    Catalog of U.S. Government Publications July 1976 - the present
  • Government Printing Office
    GPO - Search for information and publications from the US Government Printing Office.
  • U.S. Government Bookstore
    Government documents can be purchased online. Government documents are usually inexpensive.
  • USA.Gov
    "One stop shopping" for government information.
  • White House Information
    The president posts his weekly address videos here. Speeches & Remarks, Press Briefings, Statements & Releases, the White House Schedule, Presidential Actions,
    Legislation, Nominations & Appointments and much more information can be found here.
  • Government Documents Online

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