The Reference Section, located on the fifth floor of the Broward County Main Library, has a collection of federal law materials including the following major types of law:
Laws enacted by Congress
Executive and Regulatory law
Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders
Rules and decisions of federal administrative agencies
Print Sources – Books
Among the major holdings of the section are the following:
United States Code Annotated, which provides the text of the laws enacted by the U.S. Congress,
Code of Federal Regulations, which provides the text of the regulations of the federal administrative agencies,
United States Reports, which provides the opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court,
Federal Reporter, which provides the opinions of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and
Federal Supplement, which provides the opinions of the U.S. District Courts.
Historical Collections - Microform
The Reference Section has a strong retrospective file of Congressional materials, dating back to the First Continental Congress of 1774. Congressional journals, reports, documents, hearings, and committee prints are available as well as bills, statutes, and codes. Also included in the collection are decisions of such agencies as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
Many historical law documents are available through microform collections, such as the collections from LLMC (Law Library Microform Consortium).
Findlaw (website) provides a wide variety of legal information at the federal and state levels.
The Reference Section has a database of statutory, administrative, and case law, at the federal level and for all fifty states. The LoisLaw database is accessible by visiting the Reference Section at the Broward County Main Library. Ask a librarian to help you log on to this database.
Links to General Websites on Federal Law
Additional information on federal law may be found on the following websites:
ipl2: Information You Can Trust - website
This is a searchable and annotated subject directory of internet resources that provide accurate, factual information on many topics. Select “Law” from the broad list of headings and then “Law by Subject”, or any other sub-topic. You may also type a keyword in the search box.
Findlaw - website
Findlaw provides access to federal executive, legislative, and judicial resources. It includes a searchable database of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that can also be browsed by year or by United States Reports volume number.
Internet Law Library - website
This site provides access to U.S. laws, regulations, court cases, treaties, as well as the laws of each state and the laws of other nations.
Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research - website
This meta-index gives links to sites that provide access to federal legislation, regulations, and judicial opinions. Links are provided to Thomas (for legislative-bill information and the text of the Congressional Record), Internet Law Library (for the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations), and FindLaw (for U.S. Supreme Court opinions). Also provided are links to people in the field of law.
Rominger Legal - website
Rominger Legal provides federal links to the U.S. Constitution, U.S. House and Senate, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and SEC reports. Links to state legal resources are also provided.
Links to Websites on Federal Statutory Law (Bills, Laws, Statutes, Codes, etc.)
Congressional Record - website
This site provides access to the official record of the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress.
Federal Digital System (FDsys) - website
FDsys provides access to federal bills, laws, and statutes as well as the United States Code.
Legislative History of Bills
Public and Private Laws
United States Statutes at Large
United States Code
Thomas -- U.S. Congress on the Internet - website
This Library of Congress site for federal law includes the text of House and Senate bills, roll call votes, Congressional committee reports, the Congressional Record, and public laws.
U.S. Code – U.S. House of Representatives - website
This is the U.S. House of Representatives site for searching the United States Code.
U.S. House of Representatives - website
The website of the U.S. House of Representatives includes roll call votes, committee hearings, the U.S. Code, the Congressional Record, and a link to the Thomas website.
U.S. Senate - website
The website of the U.S. Senate includes the Senate calendar of the day plus information on legislative activities and Senate committees.
Links to Websites on Federal Administrative Law (Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations)
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 3, The President - website
The Code of Federal Regulations includes a compilation of all of the Executive Orders and Proclamations issued throughout the year.
Federal Register - website
Executive orders and proclamations are included in the daily Federal Register.
Compilation of Presidential Documents - website
The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary.
Links to Websites on Federal Administrative Law (Rules and Regulations)
Code of Federal Regulations - website
Regulations of administrative agencies appear in the annual edition of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Federal Register - website
The daily Federal Register includes proposed rules as well as final rules. Proposed rules are included so that individuals may provide input and comments before the final rules are made.
Links to Websites on Federal Case Law and Rules of Court (Court Opinions and Rules)
Supreme Court Collection of Legal Information Institute - website
The text of U.S. Supreme Court opinions, from 1990 to the present, plus 600 of the most important historical decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court are available at this website.
Federal Courts in American Government - website
This web page of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts provides an introduction to the federal judicial system, its organization and administration, and its relationship to the legislative and executive branches of the government.
United States Circuit Courts of Appeal Opinions - website
This web page provides information on the circuit courts of appeal throughout the country.
United States Courts Locator - website
This web page serves as a clearinghouse for information about U.S. Courts at all levels. Links are provided to specific courts throughout the country.
United States District Court Opinions - website
This web page provides information on the district courts throughout the country.
United States Supreme Court - website
General information about the U.S. Supreme Court is available here.
United States Supreme Court - website
The full text of the opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court is included here.