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Research Guides for U.S. Statutes and Other Legislative Resources


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How Our Laws Are Made - revised and updated by Charles W. Johnson, Parliamentarian, United States House of Representatives.

Enactment of a Law - by Robert B. Dove, Parliamentarian, United States Senate.

LLSDC's Legislative Source Book
http://www.llsdc.org/sourcebook/
List of many helpful guides for various aspects of legislative history research.
Publisher: Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.

Legislative Histories in the United States Congress
Frames Index at http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/legishis.html
No-Frames Version at http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/legishisnew.html
Comprehensive step-by-step guide to legislative histories and related information.
Publisher: University of Michigan Documents Center.

Federal Legislative History Tutorial and Pathfinder
http://library.law.uiuc.edu/sub/FedLegH/legis.htm
Provides good explanations of the process and documents, along with links to on-line location of various sources.
Publisher: University of Illinois Law Library.

Federal Legislative History Tutorial
http://library.kentlaw.edu/Resources/Leghist%20Tutorial/Intro.htm
In-depth explanation of legislative process and legislative history documents. Includes a checklist of legislative documents and a discussion of the hierarchy of authority of legislative documents.
Publisher: Chicago-Kent College of Law Library.

Publication of Statutes
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/Statutes.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

Steps in Using a Statutory Code
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/StatutoryCode.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

Comparing the Publication of Federal Statutes and Regulations
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/StatutesRegsCompared.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

Federal Legislative History: Documents & Sources
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/FedLegHist.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

Using CIS/Annual for Federal Legislative History Research
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/CIShandout.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

Comparing Federal and Illinois Legislative History Research
http://www.law.siu.edu/lawlib/guides/FedIllLHcompared.pdf
Handout prepared by Frank Houdek for use in Lawyering Skills II.

 

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