Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Express Browsing:

Mon-Thurs: 10-8pm

Fri: 10-5pm

Sat: 10-4pm

Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.


State by State

Choose a state for comprehensive access to laws, regulations, court systems, rules of procedure, legal assistance and more.  Find the latest state bills and pending cases mentioned in the news.


See what uniform laws are being enacted this year. Click on the column headers to sort legislation list by State, Bill Date, or Status (or use the filters at right to narrow your results)

Document Delivery Service

Need a document? a case, legislation, regulation, legal form? Fill out a request form, and pending availability and any restrictions the document will be delivered to you by means you have selected, during their library hours, approximately 8am-4pm, depending upon location.

Elections: Voting Laws, Ballot Questions, Voters Guides, Electoral College

Find laws related to voting.  See voting records of U.S. Senators and Representatives under the Federal Law tab's Legislation box.


STATE-BY-STATE VOTER REGISTRATION : Find My State or Local Election Office Website


Federal Election Commission

 Florence Harding becomes the first First Lady to vote.


I'm interested in finding voting records for members of Congress. Can THOMAS help?


There are several different ways of voting in the House and the Senate, one of which is the roll call vote, where the vote of each member is recorded. Not all bills, in fact, the minority of bills, receive a roll call vote.


The THOMAS home page has a link to roll call votes from 1990 in the House and 1989 in the Senate. Each link lists the roll call votes by sequential roll call number. This number is unrelated to the bill number. You can browse the list of roll call numbers, or you can go to Bill Status in Bill Summary & Status for the given bill and find the vote number (and often a direct link to the roll call vote).


THOMAS does not compile votes by members of Congress. However, the Government Resources page contains resources related to congressional votes.

If you want to know more, the Glossary from will give you quick answers.



Community Data and Legal Topics State by State

United States Census Bureau


Federal Courts

The cycle of the U.S. Court  and State Court System leading to the Supreme Court.

Court Records - Online

NCSC | National Center for State Courts

Click on a state link and connect to court cases as available.

Court Records - Guidebook

Vital Records