Library at Thomas More College

Federal Government

THOMAS: An official source for federal legislative information

United States Government Manual: List of officials and descriptions of governmental branches and agencies, including boards, commissions, committees, and international organizations in which the US participates.

Executive Branch

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Includes regulations, proposed rules, codified regulations, current legislation, and laws.
Print volumes in Government Documents AE 2.106
  • CFR Index: An aid to finding topics, authorities and titles in the CFR.
    Print volume in Government Documents A 2.106/3-2
  • List of CFR Sections Affected: Use this resource to verify that regulations found in the CFR are current.
    Microform in Government Documents AE

Federal Register: a daily gazette of federal regulations, issued chronologically.
Microform in Government Documents AE 2.106/3

Public Papers of the Presidents:Contains various presidential documents, including executive orders, proclamations, proposed legislation, vetoes, speeches and transcripts of news conferences.
Print volumes in Reference J 80.A283

State of the Union Addresses

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

Judicial Branch

NOTE: The Supreme Court does not view any of its electronic information as official!

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (Federal Judiciary Homepage)

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 28 - Judicial Administration
Print volume in Reference KF62 2000 .A2

US House Committee on the Judiciary

US Reports
Print volumes in Reference KF101.A2

Legislative Branch

Congress.org: Find a representative, learn about current legislation, and submit comments to Congress.

Congressional Directory: Includes biographies, office listings and district descriptions of members of Congress.

Congressional Pictorial Directory: Features photos of members of Congress.
Print version in Reference JK1011.C67

Congressional Quarterly: Provides nonpartisan reporting of Congressional activities. (Monthly.)
- Print version in Periodicals
- Indexed in Pro-Quest 1/4/86-present

Congressional Record: Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published daily when Congress is in session.
Microform version in Government Documents

CQ Researcher: Discusses current events and controversial topics with commentary by experts and annotated bibliographies. (Weekly.)
- Print version in Periodicals
- Indexed in Pro-Quest 1/4/86-present

History of Bills: Bill summaries and status with links to the
Congressional Bills: Full-text of each bill version (e.g. introduced, engrossed, enrolled).

House Journal: A record of the proceedings of each legislative day in the House.
- Print to 1971-2000 in Government Documents
- CD-ROM to 1991-1999 in Government Documents

The House of Representatives: The official House of Representatives web site.

The Senate: The US Senate web site Includes links to current bills and legislation.

Senate Journal: A record of the proceedings of each legislative day in the Senate.
- Print 1971-2002 in Government Documents
- CD-ROM to 1991-1999 in Government Documents

Statutes at Large:The official source for laws and resolutions passed by Congress.
Print volumes in Reference KF 50.A2

Public and Private Laws: Full-text versions of all signed bills.

US Code:The official publication of federal statutes.
Print volumes in Reference KF62 2000 .A2

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