States and State Governments

Resource Guides, Indexes, and Search Engines

State and Local Government on the Net : A Directory of Official State, County, and City Government Websites
Connect to United States state and local government websites. Links listed by state.
Also has topic pages (legislators, arts, health, public safety, etc.) with links for all states.


State Agency Databases Across the 50 States
For each state, connect to databases of useful information maintained by state government agencies and departments.

USA.gov : Search for state government information
USA.gov is the U.S. federal government's official web portal.
---USAgov's search engine searches 180,000,000+ federal and state government web pages.
After initial search results, Advanced Search allows for keyword and phrase searching.

Law/Courts/Statutes/Regulations/Legislation

State Court Web Sites
Connect to web pages of [United States] state courts and judicial branch.

Guide to Law Online : U.S. States and Territories
Law Library of Congress guide connecting to state and territory law materials and legal sources.
For each state: constitutions; law codes, statutes, laws, regulations; bills and legislation; court directories, court opinions, court rules; and more.

State Legislatures, State Laws, and State Regulations : Website Links and Telephone Numbers : Legislative Source Book, Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
Source Book connects to websites of state legislatures and websites with online state legislative bills, laws/codes/statues, and regulations.

State Law Resources : LII (Legal Information Institute, Cornell)
For each of the 50 states, links to state constitutions, statutes, regulations, judicial opinions, etc.


Westlaw : Campus Research
United States federal and state case law, statutory and regulatory materials. Legal periodicals. Legal encyclopedias. Fulltext.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

LexisNexis Academic : Legal
United States federal and state case law; United States federal and state codes and regulations; law review articles.
Fee database accessible at UCR Libraries.

Google Scholar : Case Law
Select "case law" option to search for citations to and full texts of United States court opinions. Includes full-texts of U.S. Supreme Court opinions, federal appellate court opinions (1924- ), federal district court and state supreme court opinions (1950- ).

Public Policy, Politics, and News

National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that provides state policymakers with news, research, and technical assistance on the most pressing state issues.
---NCSL web site offers news and articles about state government, state public policy issues, and state legislative issues. Some publications available only to members or for a fee.
---NCSL's State Legislative Websites Directory connects to issue reports, constitution, bills, statutes, legislators, and program evaluations for each of the 50 states.

Council of State Governments : CSG
Nonpartisan organization (members are all state elected and appointed officials) with news, publications, and info about state government, state public policy issues, and state government programs.
--In Knowledge Center section: news, blogs, periodicals, periodicals, polls, etc. Categorized by policy area as well as type of material.
--In programs section: Interstate Compacts database; Suggested State Legislation; Innovations (info about exemplary state government programs)

Stateline : State Policy and Politics, updated daily
"Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States" with daily news articles about state government and public policy.
Sections for each of the fifty states and for specific public policy issues.
Coverage: 1999 to present
Also includes:
--Stateline's annual State of the States report, 2005 to present.
--Stateline's annual Legislative Review (of major budget and policy developments in state legislatures), 2010 to present.

Pew Center on the States
Nonpartisan reports, research, and news on state government, state government policy, state government finances, state government effectiveness.....

Statistics

American FactFinder
U.S. Census Bureau data access system with U.S. population, housing, and economic census data.
Find quick facts, view detailed tables, build customized data tables and view geographic and thematic maps.
Includes data from:
---2000 and 2010 Census of Population and Housing
---American Community Survey, 2005-
---2002 and 2007 Economic Censuses
---Annual Population Estimates, most recent
---Annual economic surveys, recent

Guide to State Statistical Abstracts
Includes the most recent statistical abstracts for states.
List compiled by U.S. Census Bureau

State and County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau
Statistics for United States, for "all states and counties, and for cities and towns with more than 5,000 people."
QuickFacts are most recent counts or estimates for:
---population
(total population, males, females, under 18 years old , 65+ years old, race and Hispanic origin, educational attainment, homeownership rate, single family homes, households, persons per household, family households, median household income, persons below poverty level)
---business
(establishments, employment, manufacturers shipments, retail sales, minority-owned firms, women-owned firms, building permits, federal funds and grants, local government employment)
---geography
(land area, persons per square mile)

States and Local Areas : National Data Book (U.S. Census Bureau)
Statistical data compendium (in PDF and excel formats).
Features more than than 1,500 data items for the United States and individual states, counties and metropolitan areas.
Last update: October 2011.

Last modified: 6/11/2012 10:00 AM by L. Reasoner