The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has launched a beta version of its new GovInfo web site. After it completes its beta phase, Govinfo will replace FDsys, the federal government website currently providing free public access to over 50 different collections of federal government information, including the United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional materials, and selected federal case law. Users of GovInfo can browse by A-Z list, by category, by date, and by congressional committee content. To see a list of collections available on Govinfo, visit here.
The Law Library of Congress and Willaim S. Hein & Co., Inc. recently announced that they will partner to to offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materials, including the United States Code, U.S. Reports, Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register. Legal researchers and the public can access these Hein libraries through the Law Library of Congress legal research portal, Guide to Law Online: U.S. Federal. The following collections of historical primary law are available:
While not as comprehensive nor as easily searched as the BLS Library HeinOnline Subscription Databases, these collections help to make important historical legislative, judicial, and executive branch publications freely available to the public. Most of these collections are available on the federal government website FDsys, but coverage only goes back to the mid-1990s. Generally, the free Hein libraries begin with the first edition of the publication in question, and end when free access via FDsys begins.
For assistance with using the Guide to Law Online links or the BLS Library HeinOnline Subscription Databases, ask a Reference Librarian.
For almost 20 years, Thomas has been the official source for federal legislative information. Now, users trying to access Thomas will be directed to Congress.gov.
As of now, Congress.gov is a beta site and will remain a beta site until the shifting of all data sets from Thomas is complete. The full transition is expected at the end of 2014, and at this time Thomas will be permanently retired.
Congress.gov replaces Thomas with a system that includes platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. It currently includes all data sets available on Thomas except nominations, treaties and communications. As mentioned above, all data sets will be included by the end of this year.
If you are interested in learning how to navigate the new platform, online training is available. Sign up here.
On Monday August 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT Hein Online will be migrating to a new HeinOnline Server. This server change should have little impact on your organization’s access to HeinOnline.
On and off-campus users should access HeinOnline from the BLS Library Quick Link using the domain name of heinonline.org.
Remember off-campus Hein Online user must also have the BLS Proxy Server installed to access BLS’s Hein Online subscription.
If you do experience problems, please make certain you have install the BLS Proxy Server. Contact BLS IT with any proxy configuration problems: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (24 hours) or Phone: (718) 780-7507 (Weekdays 9 am – 6 pm). If the proxy is referencing *.heinonline.org and you are still experiencing problems, please contact us at email@example.com.