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Political Science/Law Resources

Research guide featuring tools commonly needed for political science and law, or legal, research.

United States Code and Regulations

United States Codes and Regulations 

Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation(GPO)
Constitution and amendments with interpretative notes. Includes Supreme Court cases influential to each section.


Annotated Constitution (Findlaw)
This version of the document above excludes the appendices and tables, but the cases are hyperlinked to the full-text. Very convenient.
United States Code Annotated (ACU only)
See Westlaw (ask librarian for password)
Federal congressional law currently in effect. Organized by broad subject with separate index volumes. Annotations contain historical amendments, references to other legal materials, and notes of decision (court cases affecting interpretation). See also non-annotated Web version and Lexis version.
Best source for information on U.S. bills and laws. Includes bill summary and status, bill text, votes, public laws, etc.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
[DOC LAW] AE 2.106/3:
Compilation of regulations that support the individual laws. Regulations usually flesh out the specific details of how the law should be applied.


Federal Register (Unofficial version)

Daily journal that updates CFR. Check here for the latest regulations and proposed rules.
1994-2016 Official version from FDSys
1936-1993 Official version from Library of Congress