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Constitution of the United States
During the convention season, as the national election approaches, it's a good time to get back to American basics. Here, in all its digital glory, is the framing document of our great democracy. From the Preamble to Amendment XXVII, view the Constitution in hypertext for a new perspective.

GovBot Database of Government Web Sites
Plug in your keywords to search GovBot, a service which boasts a collection of "over 185,000 web pages from U.S. government and military sites."

U.S. State Department Travel Warnings & Consular Information

Historic Documents and Speeches
Great nuggets from the history of the republic, including The Federalist Papers, Articles of Confederation, Mayflower Compact, Emancipation Proclamation, war documents, speeches, addresses and more. From Washburn University School of Law's RefLaw.

White House and Executive Agencies

Welcome to the White House
The one and only.

White House Briefing Room
Skip the hype and get right to the heart of what's happening today at the big house. Featuring hot press releases and briefings, the president's radio addresses and the latest national and economic facts and stats.

The Federal Web Locator
Villanova University's popular and powerful resource for fast access to just about every federal government location in Web town.

Federal Agencies Page
Another thorough showcase of federal links, from Louisiana State University.

GovBot Database of Government Web Sites
Plug in your keywords to search an engine that boasts a collection of "over 535,391 web pages from U.S. government and military sites."

Court TV Online's Quick Links to Hot Federal Offices

Consumer Products Safety Commission

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Centers for Disease Control

Central Intelligence Agency

Comptroller of the Currency

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

DefenseLink (Department of Defense)

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of the Treasury

Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Election Commission

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Federal Reserve Board

Federal Trade Commission


Food & Drug Administration

GPO Access

Government Printing Office (GPO)

Health Care Financing Administration

Internal Revenue Service

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Parks Service

National Records and Archives Administration

National Security Agency

National Telecommunications & Information Administration

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Peace Corps

Securities and Exchange Commission

Small Business Administration

Social Security Administration

Congress and Legislation

House of Representatives
Representatives on both sides of the aisle converge on the Web to deliver information about committees, schedules, current floor proceedings, roll call votes, legislation and more. Follow links to members' web pages and services.

Not to be outdone by the House . . .

United States Congress
A page of congressional information, hosted by the Congress-friendly Government Printing Office.

Congressional E-mail Addresses
In a hurry to pop off to your representatives? Here's a handy rolodex of mail to links along with pointers to the lawmakers' home pages.

Floor Activities This Week
Keep a wired eye on the weekly activities of our federal legislators and review bills that have received or are expected to receive floor action in Congress during the current week.

Code of Federal Regulations
Rules, rules, rules. The CFR codifies the rules promulgated by the executive departments and agencies of the government. It's divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to federal regulation. Use this service to search all titles by keyword, or find a specific citation.

Congressional Record
It's not C-SPAN, but the Congressional Record is "the most widely recognized published account of the debates, proceedings, and activities of the United States Congress." Search full text of the Congressional Record of the 103rd, 104th and 105th Congress.

Federal Register Online (GPO Access)
Catch up with the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies, executive orders and other presidential documents. GPO Access presents a databank of the 1995, 1996 and 1997 Federal Register.

GPO Access
The Government Printing Office presents its mega-site of resources and searchable databases including the Federal Register, Congressional Record, congressional bills, budgetary documents, GAO reports, many more federal goodies. Your digital tax dollars at work.

Major Legislation
From abortion to outer space, walk through a selection of hot bills and amendments -- proposed laws that have received floor action or debate during the 105th Congress. Browse a menu of topics or search by popular title or bill number.

Named after Thomas Jefferson, this is Congress's hot site for legislative information including text and status of bills and resolutions of the 104th and 105th sessions, the Congressional Record, updates on floor action, committee reports, links to committee home pages, lots of background on the legislative process, historic documents and more.

U.S. Code
Read the law. Search a database of the text of current public laws enacted by Congress. (Note: State laws are not part of the U.S. Code.)

Federal Courts

Historic Supreme Court Decisions
Dig into a priceless collection of over 7000 Supreme Court opinions dating from 1937 through 1975. Search for decisions by case name or keyword. On FedWorld.

Oyez Oyez Oyez: A Supreme Court WWW Resource
Listen to the arguments that make legal history. Professor Jerry Goldman and Northwestern University serve up digital recordings of Supreme Court proceedings and oral arguments (in RealAudio format).

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Meet Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Kennedy, O'Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia, Souter, Stevens, and Thomas. Cornell Law School presents a gallery of the nine top justices, with bios and full text of opinions by each member of the court.

LII and Project Hermes: Supreme Court Opinions
Cornell's Legal Information Institute, under the auspices of Project Hermes, presents a showcase of Supreme Court opinions from 1990 and materials including the Court's calendar, oral argument schedule and rules.

Supreme Court Opinions
FindLaw's searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1937. Browsable by year and U.S Reports volume; search full text by citation or case name.

Federal Courts Finder
Click on the map of the country for links to servers of opinions of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. An excellent service from Emory Law Library.

Federal Court Locator
Another fine tool for finding federal appellate court opinions. From the Center for Information Law and Policy at Villanova .

Federal Rules of Evidence
Hearsay, expert witnesses, relevance, privileges. Examine the rules of evidence in federal court. (These rules do not apply in state courts, but the general principals are similar.)

Understanding the Federal Courts
You don't have to be a lawyer to understand the federal court system. Read this opus, from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

First Circuit Opinions (Emory University)

Second Circuit Opinions (Pace University)

Third Circuit Opinions (Villanova University)

Fourth Circuit Opinions (Emory University)

Fifth Circuit Opinions (Fifth circuit)

Sixth Circuit Opinions (Emory University)

Seventh Circuit Opinions (Emory University)

Eighth Circuit Opinions (Washington University)

Ninth Circuit Opinions (Villanova University)

Tenth Circuit Opinions (Emory University)

Eleventh Circuit Opinions (Emory University)

D.C. Circuit Opinions (Georgetown University)

Federal Circuit Opinions (Georgetown University)

State Government Sites

State and Local Governments
Find the laws of your state and the Web offices of your state's administrative agencies with this cross-country directory.

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