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 Billsexternal link
(1999-current)

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

Westlaw* 1987-Current

State Session Laws (onsite use only) 1691-

1995-current
NYS Legislatureexternal link
Yes Yes NYS Legislatureexternal link
(1995-current)

Manhattan Pastexternal link links to Google digitized laws
(1638-1922)
NYS Consolidated Laws State Capital Universe

Loislaw

Westlaw* (McKinney's)
Yes Yes NYS Legislatureexternal link
1909 Consolidation in NYS Library Digital Collections
NYS Register – provides notice of NYS agency rule making activity State Capital Universe (1998 to current)
Westlaw*
2007 to current
Yes Begins 1979 NYS Dept of Stateexternal link (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 Some unconsolidated-
promulgated prior to 1945 by
individual agencies
Selected rules on various NYS agency web sites

Unofficial version on the Department of State Websiteexternal link
Governor's Bill Jackets Westlaw* (1996-2011) Yes
Most recent year in Governor's Counsel's Office
518-474-7182
1905, 1921- recent years NYS Archives
(1995 – recent)
Governor's Veto Jackets   Yes

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

NYS Archives
(1995 – recent)
Governor's Public Papers     Up to 1991 when publication ceased NYSL Digital Documents
(Collection varies)
NYS Archives. Archived Governor websites.
Current on Governor’s website.
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 Assemblyexternal link
(selected recent documents)

NYS Senateexternal link
(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   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 Instituteexternal link **
Session Laws (Chapter Laws) Loislaw (Varies)

Westlaw*
Varies Yes Legal Information Instituteexternal link **
Consolidated Laws State Capital Universe

Loislaw

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

Loislaw

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

Westlaw*
  Varies widely Legal Information Instituteexternal link **
(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 Westlaw* (1789 to 1972) Yes Begins 1789 GPOAccessexternal link (1951-2011)

American Memoryexternal link (1789-1875)
Public Laws Loislaw (1997 to current)

Westlaw* (1973 to current)
Yes Yes GPOAccessexternal link (1995 to recent)

Congress.govexternal link
Legislationexternal link
(1973 to current)

Thomasexternal link (1973 to current)

US Code Loislaw

Westlaw* (US Code Annotated)
Yes Yes GPOAccessexternal link (1994 to recent)

US House of Representativesexternal link (1994 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 Congress.govexternal link
Committee Reportsexternal link
(1995 to current)
Federal Register Loislaw (1999 to current)

Westlaw*
Yes Begins 1936 GPOAccessexternal link (1994 to current)
Code of Federal Regulations Loislaw

Westlaw*
Yes Begins 1939 GPOAccessexternal link (1996 to current)
Congressional Record Westlaw* (1985 to current) Yes Begins 1789
Includes historical predecessors
Thomasexternal link (1989 to current)

Congress.gov Congressional Recordexternal link (1995 to current)

American Memoryexternal link (Congressional Record 1873-1875 and historical predecessors)

Congressional Quarterly—weekly review of Congressional activity   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: October 20, 2014/nh