Chapter 13: Publications: Legal Works & Government Documents

 
 
 

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Basic Issues
13.1    Background


Citation style options
13.2       Legal style & academic style
13.3       Layman’s style

Legal Reference Works
Background
13.4    Case law vs. statutory law
13.5    Reporters & digests
13.6    Statutory law
13.7    Titles of laws

Codes, Statutes & Slip Laws
(Codes)
13.8    Federal codes
13.9    Municipal codes
13.10    State codes

(Session laws, legislative acts, statutes)
13.11    Session laws vs. codes
13.12    Session laws: federal
13.13    Session laws: state
13.14    Statutes: international & regnal

(Slip laws)
13.15    Slip laws vs. session laws
13.16    Slip laws: federal
13.17    Slip laws: state

Digests & reporters
13.18    Federal case reporters
13.19    Federal digests
13.20    State-level case reporters
13.21    State-level digests
13.22    Sundry other reference works

Printed Government Documents
Basic issues
13.23    Definition
13.24    Departments ... as “author”
13.25    International publications

U.S. Serial Set
13.26    Background
13.27    1789–1838
13.28    1817 to present
13.29    Serial Set Index

(American State Papers)
13.30    Authorized editions
13.31    Duff Greene edition
13.32    Gales & Seaton edition
13.33    Gales, reprint edition
13.34    New American State Papers

(Congressional documents)
13.35    Annals of Congress
13.36    Annals, identifying the year
13.37    Annals, identifying speakers
13.38    House & Senate documents
13.39    House & Senate journals
13.40    Other Serial Set models

(Departmental & agency reports)
13.41    Executive Branch reports

National Archives (U.S.) finding aids
13.42    Background
13.43    Catalogs & guides
13.44    Descriptive pamphlets
13.45    General information leaflets
13.46    Inventories
13.47    Nonpublic manuscripts
13.48    Reference information papers & special lists
    
Work Projects Administration
13.49    Multiple formats
13.50    Original editions
13.51    Reprints & revisions

Other Governmental Publications
13.52    State-level publications
13.53    International publications

 

 

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727    Book: Basic Format

Legal Reference Works
(Case reporters)
728    Series named for editor
729    Standardized series

(Codes & statutes, online)
730    State database
731    U.S. Code
732    Slip laws: federal
733    Statutes: federal
734    Statutes: state

Printed Government Documents
(Congressional records)
735    Citing volume from title page
736    Traditional academic style
737    Online images

National Archives (U.S.) guides
738    Descriptive pamphlet, online
739    Preliminary inventory, microfilmed