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Legislative, Executive, Regulatory and Judicial Documents

Legislative (Congress)

  • Bills and Resolutions (H.R. number / S. number)*

H.R. = House of Representatives /S. = Senate

  • House and Senate Reports (H. Rpt. number /S. Rpt. number
  • Hearings
  • Congressional Record - Proceedings and Debate (Cong. Rec.)
  • Public Laws (P.L. or Pub. L.) published in Statutes at Large (119 Stat. 594) and finally in the United States Code (42 USC § 15801)

Executive (The Presidency)

  • Executive Orders (E.O.)
  • Signing Statements (to accompany the signing of a bill into law)
  • Vetoes
  • Proclamations
  • Speeches


  • Agencies authorized by Congress to develop regulations (rules)
  • Proposed Rules submitted to the Federal Register for comment

Final rules published in the Federal Register (Fed. Reg.) and then, finally, in the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.)

Court Opinions/Decisions

  • Supreme Court
  • Lower Courts (Appelate/District)
  • State Supreme (or other, highest) Court
  • Not criminal court trials.

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Lynn Thitchener
Reference & Instruction Librarian/Government Liaison