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Political Science Subject Guide: Legal Research

Resources for political science research.

Law Resources

Legal Research Databases

Congressional Research Service Reports
Open CRS or University of North Texas or National Council for Science and the Environment
Research conducted by the Library of Congress for the benefit of members of Congress to help them draft public policy. The reports are reviewed for accuracy and objectivity and contain non-technical information. Unfortunately, their isn't a central site for all of the CSR reports. Search for a specific topic or browse the three archives by subjects. There will be some overlap.

Legal and Law Websites

American Bar Association Public Resources
Provides information for the public on legal topics such as children and the law, domestic violence, estate planning, human rights, and much more.  Also contains information about the legal system, legal statistics, and a consumer's guide to legal help.

Browse or search for legal information on topics from bankruptcy and debt to family law to criminal law.

Global Legal Information Network
GLIN is a database maintained by the Library of Congress. It includes official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources.

Internet Law Library
Provides information on the U.S. Code, laws from other nations, international law, law schools, directories of attorneys, and much more.

The U.S. Congress Votes Database
Contains "every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991". Browse by Congress or by member of Congress.