Law and Government

  • Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII): Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute is probably the most expansive legal reference tool online. Useful features include Law About with links to every legal topic imaginable, constitutions and codes, court opinions, law by source or jurisdiction (the 50 states and DC), and the American Legal Ethics Library. Key features are The United States Code, U.S. Supreme Court (1990-date), and New York State Court of Appeals opinions.
  • FindLaw: Best legal information starting point for the consumer. Serious researchers can find Supreme Court Decisions from 1983-date.
  • GPO Access: Official Federal government information from the US Government Printing Office. Included here are popular regulatory materials such as the Federal Register (1994-date) and The Code of Federal Regulations, critical Congressional products such as the Congressional Record (1994-date) and Congressional Bills, and important business materials such as Commerce Business Daily (CBDNet).
    LawHelpNY: is a website designed to help low-income New Yorkers with their civil legal problems. It is a collaborative effort across New York State legal aid offices to give low income and vulnerable New Yorkers access to legal information, information about how to contact legal aid offices and other social agencies that can assist them, as well as help them understand their legal rights and navigate the court system. This website covers legal problems including (but not limited to): housing, public benefits, (SSI, SSD, or PA), family law, discrimination and more. LawHelpNY covers 16 legal areas and connects to over 500 legal aid programs offering free legal services in New York State
  • New York State Legislature: Legislative information for the current session.
  • State and Local Government on the Net: Comprehensive collections of links to state and local government on the Internet.
  • Thomas: Current Congressional legislative information, a service of the Library of Congress.
  • United States Copyright Office: Key publications, including informational circulars, application forms for copyright registration and links to the copyright law.
  • The official site for United States Government information and resources on the internet, it’s all here somewhere.