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Westlaw Campus Research Star
Legal encyclopedias, law reviews, and legal treatises; case, statutory, and regulatory law; newspapers and magazines; business data, 1980's-present.
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LexisNexis Academic Star
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Massive database of US and international newspapers; case and statutory law and law reviews; business periodicals, 1980-present.
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LegalTrac Star
Citations to articles from law reviews and law-related journals, 1980-present.
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Social Law Library Star
Unique material includes MA administrative agency rulings, Superior Court, Housing Court, and Land Court opinions.
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Labor and Employment Law Resource Center Star
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Full-text state and federal statutes, regulations and case law in the field of labor and employment law, 1965-present.
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Additional Databases in Law

Academic Search Premier
A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present.
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Bills & Laws
A bill is a legislative proposal brought before Congress in either the House or the Senate. There are numerous different bill versions that track a bill through the legislative process from introduction through passage by both chambers (enrolled version). A law is a bill that has been passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President.
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Columbia International Affairs Online: CIAO
Full-text working and position papers, books, and journals, from international affairs research institutes, 1991-present.
Also known as: CIAO
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Committee Prints
Information briefings or research reports requested by a committee member and include topics related to their legislative or research activities.
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Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors
At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily editions of the Congressional Record Daily Edition (see entry below) are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition. This permanent edition, referred to as the Congressional Record Bound Edition, is made up of one volume per session of Congress, with each volume published in multiple parts, each part containing approximately 10 to 20 days of Congressional proceedings.
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Congressional Record Daily Edition
The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. At the end of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.
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CQ Press Political Reference Suite
A starting point for federal government research. Directories, yearbooks, and documents from all three branches. Current.
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CQ Researcher
Well-documented full text overviews of current issues, including bibliographies and chronologies. Produced by Congressional Quarterly, 1923-present.
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CQ Weekly
A publication detailing and analyzing the activities of the U.S. Congress. This searchable version dates back to 1983.
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Criminal Justice Abstracts
Journal articles, books, and dissertations on criminology, justice system, police, corrections, crime prevention, and victim's rights, 1968 to present.
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CRS Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress. CRS experts prepare reports to assist members of Congress throughout the legislative process providing background information and data on public policy issues.
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Executive Branch Documents
Executive Branch Documents (items not printed in the U.S. Serial Set-see entry below) includes a complete annotated bibliography and full text of all Executive Branch Documents listed in the 1909 Checklist, indexed by subjects, names, agency report numbers, and SuDocs Classification. The 1909 Checklist was created in 1911 by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, and is the only systematic effort to provide a complete listing of all documents published by the U.S. Government in its first 120 years. In addition, Executive Branch Documents includes documents from 1910-1932.
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Expanded Academic ASAP
Articles from scholarly and general-interest periodicals relating to the humanities, social sciences, and non-technical general sciences, 1980-present.
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Gale Encyclopedia of American Law
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A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a federal law.
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Includes complete coverage beginning with the first volume of more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals, classic legal treatises from the 18th and 19th centuries, and English Reports, Full Reprint (1220-1867).
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House & Senate Documents
House & Senate Documents consist of House Documents, Senate Documents and Senate Treaty Documents. House and Senate documents contain various kinds of materials ordered to be printed by both chambers of Congress. Documents can include reports of executive departments and agencies, as well as committee prints that were ordered to be printed as documents.
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House & Senate Reports
Congressional reports originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. There are two types of reports, 1. House and Senate Reports: Reports of congressional committees concerning proposed legislation and/or contain findings on matters under investigation. 2. Senate Executive Reports: Reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations relating to treaties between the United States and foreign nations which have been submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification, or are reports of various Senate committees regarding nomination of individuals.
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International Political Science Abstracts
Citations to articles from international political science periodicals, 1951-present.
Also known as: IPSA
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Legislative Histories
Legislative histories enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment, including developments that span more than one Congress.
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LexisNexis Courtroom Cast
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Audio and video files of courtroom opinion and proceedings.
Also known as: Courtroom View Network
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Full text policy papers from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.
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Map-creation tool for visualizing many categories of data: income, housing, quality of life, federal guidelines, and more.
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ProQuest Criminal Justice
Articles from 250 criminolgy and related journals, plus dissertations, 1980-present.
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RIA Checkpoint
Tax law and documentation for accountants and tax professionals: guides, professional practices, analysis, and tax planning material, 1990 - present.
Also known as: Checkpoint
RIA Academic Advantage
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Sage Journals
More than 645 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine, 1999-present.
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Serial Set
In the 19th century, the Serial Set included all kinds of special reports to Congress and other material, e.g.: various expeditions and explorations, communications from the President, reports from executive branch agencies, and House and Senate Journals. Currently, it is comprised of Senate and House documents, Senate and House Reports, Senate Executive Documents and Senate Executive Reports.
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Serial Set Maps
The Serial Set Maps collection is a collection of more than 70,000 maps printed as part of the Congressional Serial Set. Several Executive Branch agencies are the most prolific publishers of the maps including the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey.
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Social Sciences Abstracts
Citations to journal articles in the social sciences, 1983-present.
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Social Sciences Citation Index
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Provides indexing and citation tracking for journals in all the social sciences, 1900-present.
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Subject Compilations of State Laws
An index of articles, books, court opinions, and other publications that compare state laws, with many links to full text. Searchable by subject, 1925-current with a two year lag.
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Same content as Westlaw Campus Research (see above) with different user interface.
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