This week our methodological “sandbox” to play in is the category of sources called government documents, including legislation, court decisions, and documents generated by Congress (hearings, reports, etc).
Our reading for Tuesday 3/8:
“Finding Government Documents,” (University of New Haven) – some of these instructions are specific for their library, but their list provides an overview of the spectrum of government documents – try clicking around on a few to explore some of the categories and see what you stumble onto.
WSU Library Subject Guide: Government Resources
Government Documents online, via the Internet Archive
US Serials Set (some of which are online, some of which are only in bound volumes in depository libraries) http://www.gpoaccess.gov/serialset/index.html
Understanding Su Doc Classification Numbers: an online tutorial (Michigan State U)
Congressional hearings, via the Library of Congress
See also Senate hearings on the US Senate website
Also “FedNews” provides transcripts of Congressional debates, hearings, and briefs (but only since 1985)
Citing Legal Cases and Legislation (Westfield State University Library)
Native American Tribal Law, Constitutions, and Treaties – National Indian Law Library
For a well-designed site featuring 100 key US documents, see OurDocuments.gov
On Thursday 3/10 we will be doing an in-class workshop in how to read a Supreme Court case, using the website http://www.streetlaw.org