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New York State Documents: A Finding Guide: Electronic Documents: 1995 to date

Historical background on New York State documents with details on finding and viewing them in various formats (paper, microfiche, and electronic/online). Click on the TABS to access each section.

Electronic Documents: 1995 to date

Most New York State documents from 1995 onward that are cited in the CHECKLIST are available as PDF files linked from the Electronic Access field in the "New York State Library's online catalog, EXCELSIOR: (The online version of the CHECKLIST indicates if a document has not been scanned). Four computers in the Electronic Text Center have TIFF viewer software installed, should you encounter a document available only in that version. Eventually all the TIFF versions of scanned documents will be repalced by the easier-to-use PDF version.

NYSL receives New York State documents in formats such as diskettes and CD-ROMS. Electronic New York State documents in these formats are not usually supplied directly to depository libraries.

Many New York State documents are now available online directly from state agency Web sites. Some useful Internet starting points for NYS government information are:

New York State Government Information page

New York State Archives

New York State Government Web site

New York State Division of the Budget

New York State Education Department

New York State Assembly

New York State Senate

New York State documents are available online directly from the following commercial providers. The Cornell University Library pays an annual subscription fee to make these services available to our users.

LexisNexis State Capital. Bethesda, MD: CIS Publications.

Locate the text of the following types of New York State documents: legislative bills, codes and statutes, and administrative codes and registers. Searchable by keyword or by bill, statute, and regulation citation. Also offers tracking services useful for locating pending versions of all three types of documents.

LexisNexis Academic.

Click on the "Legal" tab at top left on the left of the home page. Locate the text of the following types of New York State documents: state high court and appellate court cases, statutes, court rules, and Attorney General opinions. Searchable by keyword.

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