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US Government Documents encompass a wide variety of resources: from state and federal court cases to public law, treaties, executive orders, and congressional testimony. These resources will help you to understand the legal constraints of your topic.
CRJ101 Course Tip: Having a court case citation or US law title to start out will be incredibly helpful. However, you will be able to search the databases on your topic.
Courts decide what really happened and what should be done about it. They decide whether a person committed a crime and what the punishment should be. They also provide a peaceful way to decide private disputes that people can’t resolve themselves. Depending on the dispute or crime, some cases end up in the federal courts and some end up in state courts. Learn more about the different types of federal courts.
Congress.gov 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.
Search the Code of Federal Regulations, Presidential Documents, Congressional Documents, Hearings, Records, and Reports, the US Constitution, Economic Indicators, the Federal Register, Public and Private Laws, the US Code, and United States Courts Opinions.