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SOC 4660: Advanced Criminology: Federal Government Sources and Legislative Histories

Where to Begin to Find Laws

Journal articles (See article databases tab) and other secondary sources, like disciplinary encyclopedias (see encyclopedias tab), will often indicate the core laws and are good starting places for identifying laws on a topic. Then consult the federal state laws and cases sources below. Legislative histories examine  the legislative intent behind the enactment of a law and can help one to understand a statute’s purpose or applicability.  


Government Documents Databases

CRS Governmental Topical Reports

NOTE: To access the CRS Reports only, deselect all choices except CRS Reports.

Federal and State Laws and Cases

Legislative Histories of Federal Laws

NOTE: To search this tool, deselect all but "legislative histories" under "Limit To" in the menu of sources given and enter your search.