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These sources explain how the law works. Refer to them for background information, seminal laws or cases, and explanations of processes.
Use these databases and websites to track how a bill became a law in the U.S. Congress.
Congress.gov is easy to use and free to anyone.
ProQuest Congressional includes political news and social media, plus additional materials such as:
Use these databases to find the decisions from state and federal court cases.
Use these databases to find academic journal articles, law review articles, and news articles that discuss the impact of a law.
Explains commonly used terminology and answers to common questions. For more details go to:
A piece of legislation that is introduced, discussed, and voted on in the House and Senate.
Commonly used to refer to the decision (aka opinion or ruling) made by a judge (or panel of judges) from a court. These are usually published in reporters or legal databases such as HeinOnline or NexisUni (aka LexisNexis.)
Daily "newspaper" of the United States Congress. Published for every day Congress is in session, the Congressional Register includes whatever happens on the floor of the House or Senate, including bills that are introduced, debated, and voted upon and other statements by legislators.
A piece of legislation that was passed by the House and Senate and at the federal level (usually) signed by the president. The president can veto a bill. The House and Senate can override a veto if two-thirds of each chamber vote to support the legislation.
The rules government agencies use to enforce the laws.
The volumes where court decisions are published. Reporters cover specific courts and have common abbreviations, as shown below. The abbreviation is used when citing a decision: 529 U.S. 598
United States Supreme Court (court of last resort)
Court of Appeals (intermediate appellate courts)
District Courts (trial level courts)