Quick Reference Charts

Legal Resources Quick Reference Chart

Resource Library Owns Non-free Free Differences
Federal        
Congressional Record

KF 35 A23

From 1873 onward

HeinOnline

From 1873 onward


WestLaw/Lexis

From 1985 onward

GPO Access

From 1994 onward

HeinOnline has this item in PDF.  The library owns it on microfiche.  Searchable in WestLaw/Lexis.
Federal Register

KF 70 A2

From 1936 onward

HeinOnline

From 1936 onward


WestLaw/Lexis

From 1981 onward

GPO Access

From 1994 onward

HeinOnline has this item in PDF.  The library owns it on microfiche.  Searchable in WestLaw/Lexis.  Easier to search citations in HeinOnline or WestLaw/Lexis as it converts the page number into the appropriate volume automatically.  You must use a chart to do this in print/microfiche.
Code of Federal Regulations

KF 70 A3

From 1949 onward

HeinOnline

From 1938 onward


WestLaw/Lexis

From 1984 onward

GPO Access

From 1996 onward

HeinOnline has the most coverage.  Searchable in WestLaw/Lexis and also includes annotations.  HeinOnline has the most date converage in the easiest to read format. 
U.S. Code

KF 62 A2

(2000)

WestLaw/Lexis 

GPO Access


U.S. House

(2000 Suppl. 5)

Numerous advantages to searching within WestLaw/Lexis including annotations, case law citations, citations to secondary sources, etc.  Also, there is generally no need to check for updates electronically as this is done automatically.  In print, you need to check supplements and pocket parts.
Statutes at Large

KF 50 

From 1937 onward

HeinOnline

From 1789 onward


WestLaw/Lexis

From 1789-1972

GPO Access

(109th Congress only)

HeinOnline has the most coverage in the easiest to read format.  Searchable in WestLaw/Lexis and includes annotations.   
California        
Calif. Code

KFC 30.5

(Deering or West)

WestLaw/Lexis  Legislative Information Service Easier to read in print.  Searchable in WestLaw/Lexis.  Remember there are two third-party publishers of the state code.  Their annotations may differ from one to another. 
Calif. Attorney General Opinions

KFC 779 A55

From 1943 onward

WestLaw/Lexis

From 1977 onward

Office of the Attorney General

From 1986 onward

Much more date coverage in print/micofiche.  For older opinions, before 1977, you must use the microfiche set. 
Calif. Admin. Code KFC 35

WestLaw/Lexis 

From 2002 onward

Office of Administrative Law  Searchable in WestLaw/Lexis.  May be easier to read in print. 
Calif. Session Laws KFC 25 C301

HeinOnline

From 1968 onward


WestLaw

Legislative Information Service

From 1993 onward

HeinOnline has the most date coverage in the easiest to read format.   
Other states        
Session Laws speak with librarian

HeinOnline 

(all 50 states, dates vary)

Check state's legislative website HeinOnline includes all 50 states in easy-to-read PDF format. 
State Codes speak with librarian WestLaw/Lexis  Check state's legislative website  May have state codes in print for larger jurisdictions.  Searchable, with added annotations, in WestLaw/Lexis. 
Attorney General Opinions speak with librarian

Check WestLaw/Lexis

Most states from 1977 onward

Check state's attorney general website  Depending on date, may require some searching.  Speak with a librarian. 
Foreign/Intl.        
Canadian case law & legislation

KE 87 A23

(legislation)


KE 173 C351

(cases)

Lexis/Westlaw(contains cases, statutes, some treatises, journals, etc.)


WestLaweCARSWELL(also contains Canadian materials, use your WestLaw password for access)   
Refer to subject guide, "Guide to Canadian Law" There is a rather substantial amount of materials available through WestLaw/Lexis.  Remember, that the "search by citation" function will NOT work for Canadian cases.  You must select that database first, and then search.  Speak with a law librarian for assistance.
UK case law & legislation

KD 135.H3 G74

(legislation)


KD 296 D53

(cases)

WestLaw/Lexiscontains cases, legislation, journals, and practice materials. Refer to subject guide, "Guide to UK Law" The library has UK case reporters, legislation, and secondary sources in print or microfiche.  Speak with a law librarian to locate other sources.
EU case law, treaties, and legislation

KJE 908 L43

(legislation)


KJE 925.5 C65

(cases)

WestLaw/Lexiscontain cases, treaties, secondary sources, and the Official Journal.  For EU case law, speak with a librarian. Refer to subject guide, "Guide to EU Law" The Official Journal, which is the legislative record of the EU, is available through WestLaw/Lexis.  For other sources, please speak with a law librarian.
Foreign legislation (not UK, EU, Canada) speak with librarian speak with librarian speak with librarian If you are looking for foreign legislation please speak with a librarian.
Foreign case law (not UK, EU, Canada) speak with librarian speak with librarian Depends on jurisdiction  If you are looking for foreign case law please speak with a law librarian.
UN Treaties and other documents 

KZ 172 U35

(treaties)

UN Treaty Series(treaties)


AccessUN (other documents)

Refer to subject guide, "World Treaties If you are looking for a UN Treaty, or other UN document, speak with a law librarian.