Legal Resources

Selected New York State legal resources
New York State Online
Subscription
Print and/or other media Free Internet
Current Retrospective
Bills State Capital Universe (1991 to current)

LRS (1995 to current)

Westlaw* (Current)
Yes Yes NYS Assembly Bills
(1995-current)

NYS Legislature
(1995-current)
State of NY Legislative Digest – bill tracking, introductory records, subject index to bills, etc. Yes Begins 1905
Session Laws (Chapter Laws) Loislaw (2000 to current)

LRS (1995 to current)

Westlaw* (Current)
Yes Yes NYS Legislature
(1995-current)
NYS Consolidated Laws State Capital Universe

Loislaw

Westlaw* (McKinney's)
Yes Yes NYS Legislature
NYS Register – provides notice of NYS agency rule making activity State Capital Universe (1998 to current) Yes Yes NYS Dept of State (2003 to current)

NYSL Digital Documents Collection (1994 to current)
New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) State Capital Universe

Loislaw

Westlaw*
Yes Consolidated-
1945 to current Unconsolidated-
promulgated prior to 1945
Selected rules on various NYS agency web sites

Unofficial version on the Department of State Website
Governor's Bill Jackets Westlaw* (1996-2006) Yes

Most recent year in Governor's Counsel's Office
518-474-7182
1905, 1921- recent years NYS Archives may have additional years
Governor's Veto Jackets Yes

Most recent year in Governor's Counsel's Office
518-474-7182
1905, 1926 - recent years

NYS Archives may have additional years
Governor's Public Papers     Not published since 1991  
NYS Legislative Annual – sponsor's and governor's approval memos     Begins 1946  
Senate and Assembly Publications – committee reports, hearings, etc.   Yes Yes NYSL Digital Documents Collection (varies)

NYS Assembly
(selected recent documents)

NYS Senate
(selected recent documents)
Agency Reports   Varies Yes NYSL Digital Documents Collection (varies)

Selected reports on various NYS agency web sites
Agency Opinions
(NYSL has a guide to locating these, call 518-474-5355)
Loislaw (Attorney General Opinions only, 1976 to recent)

Westlaw* (Varies)
Yes Yes Selected on various NYS agency web sites
New York Law Journal Westlaw* (1989 to current) Yes Yes  

Notes:

*Westlaw database is searched by librarians. Please call the Reference Desk at 518-474-5355 if you would like a search done.

Legislative History – A NYS legislative history can be compiled by Reference Librarians. A history may include:

  • bill jacket,
  • sponsor's memo,
  • committee reports,
  • Governor's approval memos,
  • annual reports of administrative departments, and
  • reports from commissions, task forces, or public hearings.

In addition, indexes, session laws and other sources may be reviewed. Consequently, legislative histories are time consuming. To request a legislative history call the Reference Desk at 474-5355. For instruction on how to conduct a legislative history, see the NYSL Legislative History Tutorial.

Selected legal resources for states other than New York
Other States
(not including NY)
Online
Subscription
Print and/or other media Free Internet
Current Retrospective
Bills State Capital Universe (1991 to current)

Westlaw*
    Legal Information Institute **
Session Laws (Chapter Laws) Loislaw (Varies)

Westlaw*
Varies Yes Legal Information Institute **
Consolidated Laws State Capital Universe

Loislaw

Westlaw*
Yes Varies Legal Information Institute **
Register – provides notice of agency rule making activity State Capital Universe
(Varies)
    Legal Information Institute **
Administrative Codes State Capital Universe

Loislaw

Westlaw*
    Legal Information Institute **
Legislative Publications – committee reports, hearings, etc.     Varies Legal Information Institute **
(varies widely)
Agency Reports Varies widely Legal Information Institute **
(varies widely)
Agency Opinions Loislaw (Attorney General Opinions from selected states)

Westlaw*
  Varies widely Legal Information Institute **
(varies widely)

Notes:

*Westlaw database is searched by librarians. Please call the Reference Desk at 518-474-5355 if you would like a search done.

**Legal Information Institute is Cornell Law School's gateway to legal information for the 50 states, one of the most convenient one-stop sources for this information.

Selected Federal legal resources
Federal Online
Subscription
Print and/or other media Free Internet
Current Retrospective
US Statutes at Large Congressional Universe (1789 to recent)

Westlaw* (1789 to 1972)
Yes Begins 1789 GPOAccess (2003-2006 only)

American Memory (1789-1875)
Public Laws Congressional Universe (1988 to current)

Loislaw (1997 to current)

Westlaw* (1973 to current)
Yes Yes GPOAccess (1995 to recent)

Thomas (1989 to current)
US Code Congressional Universe

Loislaw

Westlaw* (US Code Annotated)
Yes Yes GPOAccess (1994 to recent)

US House of Representatives (1988 to recent)
US Code Congressional Administrative News—includes public laws plus selected congressional committee reports Westlaw* Yes Begins 1951, previously published as U.S. Code Congressional Service 1941-1950
Federal Register Congressional Universe (1980 to current)

Loislaw (1999 to current)

Westlaw*
Yes Begins 1936 GPOAccess (1994 to current)
Code of Federal Regulations Congressional Universe

Loislaw

Westlaw*
Yes Begins 1939 GPOAccess (current)

National Archives (historical, some titles from 1996, all from 1997)
Congressional Record Congressional Universe (1985 to current)

Westlaw* (1985 to current)
Yes Begins 1789
Includes historical predecessors
GPOAccess (1994 to current)

Thomas (1989 to current)

American Memory (historical predecessors)
Congressional Quarterly—weekly review of Congressional activity   Yes Yes  
Federal Legislative History Congressional Universe

Westlaw*
Yes Yes  

Notes: 

*Westlaw database is searched by librarians. Please call the Reference Desk at 518-474-5355 if you would like a search done.

The NYS Library is a Regional Federal Government Depository Library.

Newspapers
Newspapers Online
Subscription
Print and/or other media Free Internet
Current Retrospective
Newspapers Various NYSL databases Yes Yes* Varies

*The New York State Library has extensive holdings of newspapers, from 1603 to the present date. The strength of the collection is New York State English-language newspapers. The collection has limited holdings of non-US and foreign language newspapers.

Newspapers – Alerts may be set up for many of our online newspapers.

Last Updated: June 30, 2010/nh