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Academic OneFile
Description:  A collection of peer-reviewed, full-text articles in HTML and PDF format with coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects; intended primarily for academic researchers. It also contains podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content to 1995.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Academic search complete
Description:  A scholarly, multidisciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for over 10,000 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and others. Also includes full-text access to over 5,000 journals. Offers coverage of many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.
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Almanac of American politics
Description:  Michael Barone profiles every senator, representative and governor, as well as the people and politics of every state and congressional district. Also provides interest group ratings, census data, key votes, campaign expenditures, and election results.
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American bench
Description:  Court profiles on both federal and state courts: Formal names of the courts, Judge titles, Method of selection and term information, Retirement requirements, Type of jurisdiction,Types of writs the court may issue, Where appeals are sent (if available), How the court sits and its location, Court Administrator and court clerk information, All judges serving each court; Counties and county seats: Information on over 19,000 judges: Name, title, court, address, phone & email,Term information, Personal background and education, Bar Admissions and legal positions, Private legal practice, Previous judgeships in other courts, Authorships and teaching positions, Important decisions, Memberships in legal/judicial/bar associations, Legal and judicial conferences & seminars, Honors and awards, Military information, Employment other than legal, Political affiliations and activities, Social and civic activities, Hobbies, interests and personal statements; Distribution of male and female judges throughout federal and state judiciaries; Judge photos; Contains 112 judicial boundary map.
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American Law Institute library
Description:  This database consists of full runs of the Institute's Annual Reports, Proceedings, Annual Meeting Speeches, and the Institute's newsletter, The ALI Reporter. These series can help greatly in conducting research into Institute projects and publications going back to the organization's founding. The ALI Collection also includes archival material from the Second Restatement of Torts (perhaps the most influential treatise on common law liability), the Model Penal Code (adopted as the criminal code in most states), and the Statement of Essential Human Rights (a pioneering ALI project of the mid 1940s). Additional documents from the Institute Archives at Penn will be added to the ALI library on HeinOnline in the future.
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American Presidency Project
Description:  Site contains documents related to the study of the American Presidency, including public papers, annual messages to Congress, inaugural addresses, radio addresses, acceptance speeches, presidential candidates debates, party platforms, elections data, and an audio/video archive.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Armed conflict database
Description:  Produced by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Armed Conflict Database provides information on armed conflicts throughout the world, including international and internal conflicts, and terrorism. Information categories include “terrorism, refugees/ and returnees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), weapons used, fatalities, historical backgrounds, annual updates and timelines.” Conflict reports are available beginning in 2000/2001. Users can generate custom reports by year, conflicts, geographic regions, and topics using available data back to 1997.
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Bar journals
Description:  Provides online, full-text access to national, state and local bar association journals.
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Biographical directory of the United States Congress : 1774-present
Description:  Provides valuable information about the more than 13,000 individuals who have served in the national legislature, including the Continental Congress, the Senate, the House of Representatives, territorial delegates, resident commissioners, and vice presidents.-
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C19, the nineteenth century index
Description:  C19 indexes publications, including books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers, and archives, of the Anglo-American World, 1790-1919. You may search the entire index and thus all the resources contained within it, or limit your search to one of the individual resources included in the database.
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Code of federal regulations
Description:  "The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. CFR volumes are added to GPO Access concurrent with the release of the paper editions. When revised CFR volumes are added, the prior editions remain on GPO Access as a historical set. Some CFR records on GPO Access date back to 1996; all titles are available from 1997 to the current year. Documents are available as ASCII text and PDF files."
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Columbia international affairs online
Description:  Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.
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Congressional directory
Description:  "The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). Published since 1888, the Congressional Directory presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries."--Home page, viewed June 30, 2008.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Congressional hearings
Description:  "GPO Access contains contain selected House and Senate hearings for the 105th Congress (1997-98) forward. The House and Senate appropriations hearings for fiscal year 1998 are included. Documents are available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Graphics, including scanned images of camera ready copy are omitted from the ASCII text version but are contained in the PDF files."
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Congressional publications
Description:  The collection begins in 1789 with the American State Papers and details Congressional business through 2010. It includes reports and documents either produced or ordered by Congress, as well as presidential communications and treaty materials. The Serial Set contains Congressional legislative reports that provide insight into the legislative intent of laws enacted before 1969. The collection also includes the Congressional Hearings Digital Collection 1824-1979.
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Congressional Research Service reports
Description:  Site includes selected Congressional Research Service reports. Reports may be accessed through subject listings, or may be located through keyword searching.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Contact information for foreign consular offices in the United States
Description:  
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Country studies
Description:  This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations. The date of information for each country appears on the title page of each country and at the end of each section of text. Publications may be browsed or searched (full-text; within individual titles as well as across multiple titles).
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
CQ almanac
Description:  "CQ Almanac is an annual reference for studying the U.S. Congress. Building on the reporting and analysis done throughout the year by CQ's award-winning news staff, the Almanac offers original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session. Arranged thematically, CQ Almanac organizes, distills, and cross-indexes for permanent reference the full year in Congress and in national politics."--About CQ Almanac Online Edition page, viewed Jan. 8, 2014.
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CQ electronic library
Description:  CQ's authoritative and balanced coverage of public affairs includes the CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly, CQ's Electronic Encyclopedia of American Government, the electronic version of Washington Information Directory (eWID), and the CQ Public Affairs Collection, CQ Insider, and coming soon, CQ Supreme Court Collection.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
C-SPAN.org
Description:  Provides topics of daily broadcasts on C-SPAN. Provides links to current events issues, public offices, and other programming events. Offers live audio and video. Also provides links to related networks, including C-SPAN 2, C-SPAN 3, WCSP Radio 90.1 FM.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Description:  Presents the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), based in Rome, Italy. Notes that the international organization is devoted to raising levels of nutrition and standards of living, improving agricultural productivity, and bettering the conditions of rural populations. Provides access to various statistical databases compiled by the FAO, including agricultural production indices, international trade statistics, and commodity balances. Offers access to FAO reports on agriculture, economics, fisheries, forestry, nutrition, and sustainable development. Discusses FAO partnership programs and includes a calendar of conferences, summits, and related events. Contains a site search engine, news items, a photo file, job listings, and information on FAO publications. Links to regional offices and French, Arabic, and Spanish versions of site information.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Foreign & international law resources database
Description:  Searchable database which includes publications from the American Society of International Law and yearbooks and serials from around the world, as well as the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice series. Also includes U.S. law digests, international tribunals and judicial decisions and other significant works relating to foreign and international law. Individual title coverage varies.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Foreign affairs online
Description:  Gateway to a wide variety of documents and websites pertaining to international affairs and foreign policy. Contains links to organizations, reference works, periodicals, map resources, journals, and search engines. Organized by broad topic or type of resource. Includes search engine.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Gammel's The Laws of Texas : Nineteenth-century Texas law online
Description:  "One of primary resources for the study of Texas' complex history during the Nineteenth Century. The Laws consist of documents not only covering each congressional and legislative session but comprise other documents of significance, including the constitutions, select journals from the constitutional conventions, and early colonization laws." -- Home page.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
GPO access
Description:  GPO Access provides free online use of over 1,000 databases of Federal information in over 70 applications.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Hein online
Description:  Full text image-based searchable database of legal periodicals. Database coverage for each periodical is from the beginning issue to the most current allowed under contract.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
HeinOnline session laws
Description:  Includes governmental session laws (Canada & U.S.); and session laws of all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, arranged alphabetically by name of state or territory, and within that arrangement chronologically by date of session.
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History of bankruptcy : taxation & economic reform in America, Part III
Description:  Searchable database which provides access to legislative histories, treaties, documents, books and scholarly journal articles relating to bankruptcy in the United States. In addition to full-text searching, users can browse legislation by Public law number or popular name.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
History of international law
Description:  Searchable database which offers access to more than 500 titles and 550,000 pages, and is updated frequently, dating back to 1690 on international law subjects such as war & peace, the Nuremberg Trials, law of the sea, international arbitration, Hague Conferences and Conventions and much more.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
History of Supreme Court nominations
Description:  Collection brings together hundreds of articles, hearings, documents, and more than 120 titles to create a historical database of some of the most influential Supreme Court justices, beginning with the first Supreme Court Justice John Jay. Includes the complete series of Supreme Court of the United States: hearings and reports on successful and unsuccessful nominations of Supreme Court justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Index to foreign legal periodicals
Description:  International legal information index with citations for articles and books reviews from legal periodicals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports.
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Index to legal periodicals retrospective
Description:  A retrospective database indexing over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Cumulates citations from print editions of Index to legal periodicals published between 1908-1981. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic are also covered.
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Journal of the House of Representatives of the ... session of the ... Legislature of Texas
Description:  Proceedings of the Texas House of Representatives.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Journal of the Senate of Texas being the ... session of the ... Legislature
Description:  Proceedings of the Texas Senate.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
JSTOR
Description:  Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
LANIC : Latin American network information center
Description:  Provides Latin American users with access to academic databases and information services through the Internet world, and provides Latin Americanists with access to information on and from Latin America.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Legal collection
Description:  This database contains full text for nearly 250 of the world's scholarly law journals. The Legal Collection is a source for information on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, medical, labor & human resource law, ethics, the environment and much more. In addition to full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection. The majority of full text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. Full text information in this database dates as far back as 1965.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
LexisNexis academic
Description:  Provides access to various databases, including current news, business information, company directories, federal and state laws, regulations, legal cases, medical and reference publications.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
LLMC digital
Description:  Full text, image-based searchable database of primary and secondary legal publications. Collections include: U.S. federal, state, and territories government documents; case reporters, legal periodicals and treatises; foreign government, multi-jurisdictional, and international law documents; canon law, Native American law, and legal philosophy.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Loislaw
Description:  Includes case law, statutory law, constitutions, administrative law, court rules, other authority for all 50 states and D.C. plus the 18 most important federal law libraries. Also includes secondary law resources, including legal treatises on a variety of topics and selected state bar continuing education materials.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Making of modern law : legal treatises 1800-1926
Description:  Provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to critical legal history, including casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Making of modern law : primary sources, 1620-1926
Description:  Primary Sources collection "designed to complement Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926, is a fully searchable digital archive of more than 1,300 individual titles consisting of about 2,225 volumes sourced chiefly from the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University, with additional materials provided by the Law Library of Congress ... Primary Sources comprises approximately 1.8 million pages spanning over 300 years of legal primary sources, such as early U.S. state codes, city charters, constitutional conventions and compilations ... legal dictionaries, published records of the American Colonies" -- "About the Making of Modern Law" page.
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Making of modern law : trials, 1600-1926
Description:  Based on holdings of the law libraries of Harvard and Yale, and the Library of the Bar of the City of New York as well as some from the British Library. Collections include not only published trial transcripts, but also popular printed accounts of sensational trials for murder, adultery and other scandalous crimes. Access also to unofficially published accounts of trials, as well as briefs, arguments and other trial documents where these were printed as separate publications.
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Making of modern law : U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs, 1832-1978
Description:  This database contains nearly 11 million pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978. The collection is derived from two essential reference sources. For the period 1832 (when printed Court records began) through 1915, the documents are based primarily on the holdings of the Jenkins Memorial Law Library, America's first law library, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For 1915-1978 the source is the Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a nationally recognized research facility and the single largest member supported law library in the United States.
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National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Description:  Offers both national and international resources in the area of criminal justice and related subjects. Under each broad subject division, provides full-text access to documents in ASCII and/or Adobe Acrobat format, plus access to relevant WWW sites; some subject areas also offer links to gopher sites, ftp sites, listservs, bulletin boards, and other Internet resources.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
National moot court competition
Description:  This collection offers digital access to the records, briefs, and related organizational materials from the 1st to the most recent (1950-current) annual National Moot Court Competitions.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Nations of the world : (nations and associated jurisdictions)
Description:  Annotated compendium of sources accessible on the Web. Links, compiled by the Law Library of Congress, provide access to primary documents, legal commentaries, and general government information about specific nations and associated jurisdictions. These legal resources include information on the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
NCTCOG.org : North Central Texas Council of Governments
Description:  Presents the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), based in Arlington, Texas. Posts contact information via mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail. North Central Texas Council of Governments is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Opensecrets.org
Description:  "The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center's work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government." -- About the Center page.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
PAIS
Description:  PAIS (originally, the Public Affairs Information Service) was established in 1914. There are two databases created from the files: PAIS International and PAIS Archive. PAIS International includes records from the print PAIS Bulletin 1977 and forward; it also includes PAIS print Foreign Language Index published 1972-1990, at which time it merged with the PAIS Bulletin. The PAIS International database contains continually updated records for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed. PAIS International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world ... It is updated quarterly with over 17,000 current records added in total each year.--Publisher description.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Patent full-text databases
Description:  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Web Patent Full-Text Databases include the full text of all patents granted since 1976, and the patent number, issue date, and current US classification for all patents granted from 1790 through 1975. Patents from January 1976 to the present offer the full searchable text, including all bibliographic data, such as the inventor's name, the patent's title, and the assignee's name; the abstract; the full description of the invention; and the claims.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Pentagon papers
Description:  Officially titled "United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense", the Pentagon Papers are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
PollingReport.com : an independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion
Description:  This site provides polling results and data which is updated whenever new data is released. There are three main categories of polls: politics and policy, business/economy, and the American scene. The main page features selected polls on timely topics.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Population Reference Bureau
Description:  Web site for the Population Reference Bureau offers organizational information and links to Web sites with statistical and population data as well as information about the population dimensions of social, economic, and political issues on U.S. and international population trends and their implications.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Project Muse
Description:  Provides full-text online access to all journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Disciplines covered are humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
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Project Vote Smart : the most trusted source for political information
Description:  "Project Vote Smart is a national library of factual information on over 13,000 elected offices and candidates for public office --- President, Governors, Congress and State Legislatures. We cover them in five basic areas: backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and the performance evaluations made on them by over 100 conservative to liberal special interests."
Access:  Internet (General Access)
RAND Corporation (Reports and bookstore)
Description:  Search over 10,000 reports published by the RAND Corporation since 1946 and purchase documents published since 1998 through their bookstore along with a free download option. Catalogs and subject area bibliographies available for download and are commonly used by libraries and other institutions to review RAND's extensive inventory.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
Scottish legal history : featuring publications of the Stair Society
Description:  Includes Stair Society publications, Supplementary series, other works on Scottish legal history, and scholarly law review articles on Scottish legal history.
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Slip opinion
Description:  The "slip" opinion is the second version of an opinion. It is sent to the printer later in the day on which the "bench" opinion is released by the Court. Each slip opinion has the same elements as the bench opinion--majority or plurality opinion, concurrences or dissents, and a prefatory syllabus--but may contain corrections not appearing in the bench opinion.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Social sciences citation index
Description:  Multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the social sciences. It fully indexes more than 1,725 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines, and it indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.
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Statistical abstract of the U.S
Description:  The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Coverage: 1885 to present.
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Taxation & economic reform in America, Parts I & II, 1781-2009
Description:  Searchable database which provides access to tax regulations, laws, and hundreds of legislative histories dating back to the 1700s. Search options include browse searching, full-text searching, and limiting by topic to retrieve documents on taxation or economic reform only. Future releases will include additional legislative histories relevant to economic reform and taxation.
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Texas administrative code
Description:  The full-text of the Texas Administrative Code (Titles 1 through 43), the official compilation of all state agency rules; updated weekly.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Texas Legislature Online
Description:  Presents online access to the Texas Legislature. Contains information on the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, individual bills, capitol events, legislative committees, and the legislative process. Provides a FAQ section, House and Senate Calendars, and the complete text of the Texas constitution and statutes. Includes legislative district information. Allows users to search statutes, bill texts, fiscal notes, and amendments. Lists bills enrolled, signed, or vetoed. Posts contact information for government offices via mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail. Links to other Texas government sites and other state legislatures.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Texas register
Description:  A cooperative venture by the Office of the Secretary of States and the University of North Texas to allow access to the full-text of the Texas Register, the journal of state agency rulemaking for the State of Texas. The Office of the Secretary of State offers both HTML and PDF files of issues from 2001 forward; the University of North Texas' offers text files for issues from 1991 forward.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Texas Secretary of State
Description:  Features state election resources (results going back to 1992, election law opinions, etc.), State business filings, State regulatory resources and information made available by the Texas Border and Mexican Affairs Division.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Texas statutes
Description:  Database includes the full-text of Texas State Laws.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
THOMAS : legislative information on the Internet
Description:  Provides free access to a wide range of legislative information on the Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 103rd to the present Congress, a directory of congressional committees and members of Congress, the weekly floor schedule for the House, and a schedule of daily committee hearings. Includes text of How our laws are made by Edward F. Willett Jr.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
Trade law guide
Description:  Use TradeLawGuide to search WTO agreements, instruments, jurisprudence, and Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) minutes. TradeLawGuide includes article and jurisprudence citators that allow you to update WTO law, and a Subject Navigator tool that indexes materials by subject.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)
Description:  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, presents the U.S. Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), a searchable database that allows users to perform basic, Boolean, and free form searches for U.S. trademarks. The database contains pending, registered, and dead U.S. federal trademarks. TESS contains more than 3 million pending, registered and dead federal trademarks.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
TRAIL : Texas records information and locator service
Description:  TRAIL provides access to Texas State government information contained in electronic publications. TRAIL facilitates ready access to the information for Texas citizens and other users. TRAIL also provides basic information about state agencies including contact, legal, budgetary and background resources.
Access:  Internet (Government Information, General Access)
U.S. international trade library
Description:  Featuring the exchange of goods and services between the United States and other nations, as well as the history of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, this collection brings together more than one million pages' worth of content. Included are United States International Trade Commission publications archive, legislative histories, CFR & U.S. Code Title 15 and 19: Commerce & Foreign Trade and Customs Duties, notable publications, and scholarly articles.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Description:  Contains global and internationally comparable statistics on education, literacy, science, technology, culture and communication. The Data Centre contains over 1,000 types of indicators and raw data.
Access:  Internet (General Access)
United Nations law collection
Description:  The collection presents exact reproductions of major United Nations legal publications, including the complete collection of the United Nations treaty series. Also included are the Monthly statement of treaties and international agreements, United Nations legislative series, United Nations juridical yearbook, Official records of the First, Second, and Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea with Final Act , International Court of Justice reports, advisory opinions and orders, and more.
Access:  Internet (SMU campus and valid SMU students/faculty/staff)
Vital statistics on American politics
Description:  Basic statistical information on American government and politics. This series provides data on elections, Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary. It also contains information on the media, campaign finances, foreign, social, and economic policy, and a variety of issues related to state and local government.
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