Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section

2010 Core Reference Collection for Legislative Libraries

Introduction

In 1988, the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section of NCSL began a project to define and describe the libraries that serve the state legislatures. The results of the "Collection Survey," reporting on the size and nature of collections in legislative libraries, were published in 1988. The list of titles generated by the "Core Reference Collections Survey" (also collected in 1988) formed the base for the 1988 list of core references. The titles were reviewed by a staff section committee, as well as other members of the staff section, with the goal of developing a list of those public policy reference materials that are essential to the work of libraries serving state legislatures.

The "Core Reference Collection for Legislative Libraries" is presented in two parts - the core collection and the supplement to the core collection. The list of titles comprising the core collection is recommended for all legislative libraries; the supplement (or individual titles from the supplement) provides a guide for acquisitions by libraries with additional resources or with other types of information needs not met by the core collection. With this edition of the core reference collection we will be using a different format, breaking the list into six separate groupings. They are: Core Collection Items, State Specific Reference Materials, Federal Resources, Electronic Resources and Serial Publications.

The components of a good core reference collection are never static; therefore, the staff section plans periodic updates of the core collection list to reflect the changing research needs of legislators and staff and the availability of individual titles. This latest version was updated in the summer of 2010. Special thanks to Robyn Cockerham (La.), Jan Wolfley (Nev.) and Marilyn Johnson (N.D.) for their work on this project along with Elizabeth Lincoln's (Minn.) contributions. Please contact Jeanne Mejeur, LRL Staff Section Liaison, with any comments, corrections, additions or deletions.

2010 Core Reference Collection for Legislative Libraries

Core Collection Items

Subject/Title Author or Publisher
50 State Survey  
Almanac of the 50 States Information Publications, Inc.
The Book of the States Council of State Governments
State Rankings: A Statistical View of the United States CQ Press, Inc. 
African Americans  
Black Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook Louise L. Horner, editor - Information Publications, Inc. 
Associations  
Directory of State Government Associations Council of State Governments 
National Trade and Professional Associations Columbia Books, Inc. 
State and Regional Associations  Columbia Books, Inc. 
Courts   
Federal-State Court Directory  CQ Press, Inc. 
Crime   
City Crime Rankings  CQ Press, Inc. 
Crime State Rankings  CQ Press, Inc. 
Education   
Education State Rankings  CQ Press, Inc. 
Encyclopedias, General   
Encyclopedia, General (see also: Electronic Resources)  various publishers 
Environment   
Resource Guide to State Environmental Management  Council of State Governments 
Foreign Relations   
Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide for Doing Business in Sixty Countries  Adams Media 
Governmental Finance   
Facts and Figures on Governmental Finance  Johns Hopkins University Press 
Health   
Health Care State Rankings  CQ Press, Inc. 
Physicians' Desk Reference  John Wiley & Sons
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary F.A. Davis Co. 
Language   
French and/or Spanish to English Dictionary  various publishers 
Laws & Legislation   
National Survey of State Laws  Gale Research Co. 
Subect Compliations of State Laws  Carol Boast and Cheryl Nyberg 
Suggested State Legislation Council of State Governments 
Sutherland Statutory Construction  Callaghan & Co. 
Uniform Laws Annotated  West Publishing Co. 
Uniform System of Citation  Harvard Law Review Association 
United States Code Annotated  West Publishing Co. 
United States Code Congressional & Administrative News West Publishing Co.
United States Code Service Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co.
Legal Research  
American Jurisprudence Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co.
Black's Law Dictionary West Publishing Co.
Corpus Juris Secundum West Publishing Co.
Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage Oxford University Press
The Elements of Legal Style Oxford University Press
Legal Research Guide  
Burton's Legal Thesaurus McGraw-Hill
Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory Martindale-Hubbell
Plain English for Lawyers Carolina Academic Press
West Encyclopedia of American Law West Publishing Co.
Legislative Leadership  
Directory of Legislative Leaders National Conference of State Legislatures
Legislative Procedure  
Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure National Conference of State Legislatures
Robert's Rules of Order Scott Foreman Press
Legislative Reference Services  
Legislative Research Librarians Directory National Conference of State Legislatures
State Legislative Sourcebook Lynn Hellebust - Government Research Service
Legislative Staff  
Protocol: A Handbook for Legislative Staff National Conference of State Legislatures
American Society of Legislative Clerks & Secretaries: Roster & Reference Guide American Society of Legislative Clerks & Secretaries 
Media  
Bowker's News Media Directory R.R. Bowker, LLC 
Occupational Licensing  
Professional and Occupational Licensing Directory* Gale Publishing Co. 
Postsecondary Education  
Peterson's Four Year Colleges Peterson's
Quotations  
Oxford Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotation Oxford University Press
Respectfully Quoted Library of Congress
Reference, General  
Almanac of general information various publishers
American Political Dictionary Jack Plano & Milton Greenberg - Harcourt College Publishers
Atlas various publishers
Chicago Manual of Style University of Chicago Press Staff
Dictionaries of Banking, Business, Computer, Finance and Insurance Terms Barron's Education Services, Inc.
Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary of the English Langugage Random House Information Group
Religion  
 Appropriate religious authorities (Bible/Koran) various publishers 
Special Days/Months  
Chase's Calendar of Events Contemporary Books
State Government  
Analysis/Treatise on history of state constitution various publishers
Council of State Governments' State Directories
  • Directory I - Elected Officials
  • Directory II - Legislative Leadership, Committees & Staff
  • Directory III - Administrative Officials
Council of State Governments
State Yellow Book Leadership Directories
Taxation  
State Tax Guide Commerce Clearing House, Inc.
United States Government  
Analysis/Treatise on history of US Constitution various publishers
Carroll's Federal Directory Carroll Publishing Company
Congressional Yellow Book Leadership Directories
CQ's Desk Reference on American Government CQ Press, Inc.
Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations Gale Publishing Co.
Federal Regulatory Directory CQ Press, Inc.
Federal Yellow Book Leadership Directories
Washington Information Directory CQ Press, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State Specific Reference Materials (Specific titles may vary by state)

Administrative Rules Legislative Procedure:
  • Inside the Legislative Process
  • Legislative Calendars and Journals
  • Rules and Rosters
  • State Legislative Almanac/press books
Attorney General Opinions Lobbyist Directory
Court Opinions - State Supreme/Appellate Courts Local Government - Counties/Parishes/Municipalities:
  • Cities, Towns and Villages Directory
  • Local Government Offices Directory
  • State map (with county and parish designations)
Directory of Associations Media Directory (newspaper contacts)
Education - State School Directories Postsecondary Education:
  • College/University Directory
  • Community and Technical College Directory
  • State Financial Aid Programs for College/University Bound Students
Hostpical & Health Care Facilities Directory Reapportionment - Distrcit Maps
Laws & Legislation:
  • Bill Drafting Manual
  • Digest of Legislation
  • State law school journals
  • State legal journals/bulletins
  • State session laws/acts
  • State statutes (annotated, if available)
Reference, General:
State Almanac or Statistical Abstract
State Atlas
Legal Research Directory/Encyclopedia State Government:
  • Blue Book
  • Constitution
  • Current and former legislator information
  • Key State Legislative Committees and Research Agencies' publications
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Roster of State Officials
  • State capitol building information (history, structure)
  • State government and statehood history (Constitutional proceedings, etc.)
  • State Government Officials Directory (with photographs, if available)
  • Yearbooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federal Resources

Agency/Publication

URL (if possible)

Census Bureau, US Department of Commerce

http://www.census.gov

Census Bureau Reports for the 50 States

 

County/Metro/Zip Code Business Patterns

http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/index.html

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book

http://www.census.gov/compendia/databooks/

Statistical Abstract of the United States

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

Congressional Budget Office

http://www.cbo.gov/

Congressional Budget Office Reports

http://www.cbo.gov/publications/

Federal Bureau of Investigation

http://www.fbi.gov/

Uniform Crime Reports for the United States

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

Government Printing Office

http://www.gpoaccess.gov

Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov/

Federal Tax Regulations

http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/article/0,,id=98137,00.html

Internal Revenue Code (Title 26)

http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1

National Archives and Records Administration

http://www.archives.gov/

Federal Register

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/

United States Government Manual

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html

Social Security Administration

http://www.ssa.gov/SSA_Home.html

US House of Representatives

http://www.house.gov/

Background Material and Data on Programs Within the Jurisdiction of the House Committee on Ways and Means (Green Book)

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wmprints/green/index.html

Rules of the House of Representatives and Jefferson's Manual

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/hrm/index.html

US Constitution

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/constitution/index.html

US Central Intelligence Agency

https://www.cia.gov/

World Fact Book

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

US Congress

 

Congressional Directory

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/index.html

Congressional Record

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/index.html

United States Code Annotated

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/

United States Governmental Policy & Supporting Positions (Plum Book)

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plumbook/

US Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov

The Condition of Education

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/

Digest of Education Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/

National Center for Educational Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov

US Department of Justice

http://www.justice.gov/

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

US Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/

US Department of Labor

http://www.dol.gov

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/

US Executive Office of the President

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop

Economic Report of the President 

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/eop/

US Government Accountability Office

http://www.gao.gov/

US GAO Reports and Testimony

http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/repandtest.html 

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Electronic Resources

Subject/Title

URL

Abbreviations

 

Yahoo! Acronyms and Abbreviations

http://dir.yahoo.com/reference/acronyms_and_abbreviations

Attorney General

 

National Association of Attorneys General

http://www.naag.org/

Consumers

 

Consumer Report Online*

http://www.consumerreports.org/

Counties/Parishes/Municipalities

 

National Association of Cities

http://www.associationofcities.org/

National Association of Counties

http://www.naco.org/

Courts

 

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/

U.S. Supreme Court

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/

WASHLAW Federal and State Courts Directory

http://www.washlaw.edu/

Education

 

Education Commission of the States

http://www.ecs.org/

Education Week

http://www.edweek.org/

Elections

 

Electionline

http://www.electiononline.org/

Project Vote Smart

http://www.vote-smart.org/

Encyclopedias

 

Columbia Encyclopedia

http://www.bartleby.com/65

Governmental Finance

 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

http://www.cbpp.org/

National Association of State Budget Officers**

http://www.nasbo.org/

Health

 

Health Care Financing Administration

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/

National Academy for State Health Policy

http://www.nashp.org/

Higher Education

 

National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

http://www.highereducation.org/

Internet

 

Librarian's Index to the Internet

http://lii.org/

Laws and Legislation

 

Full Text State Statutes and Legislation

http://www.whpgs.org/f.htm

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

http://www.nccusl.org/

Trend Track

http://thomas.trendtrack.com/texis/tt/search/search.html

Legal Reference

 

Cornell University Law School

http://www.law.cornell.edu/

FindLaw

http://www.findlaw.com/

Law Librarians: Society of Washington, D.C. - Legislative Sourcebook

http://llsdc.org/sourcebook

Legal Information Institute

http://www.law.cornell.edu/statutes.html

Lexis

http://www.lexis.com/

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Directory

http://www.martindale.com/Find-Lawyers-and-Law-Firms.aspx

Westlaw

http://www.westlaw.com/

Legislative Affairs

 

American Legislative Exchange Council

http://www.alec.org/

National Conference of State Legislatures

http://www.ncsl.org

     Current Legislative Leadership Listing

http://www.ncsl.org/Default.aspx?TabID=746&tabs=1116,86,507#507

     State Legislature Websites

http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=17173

     Online Publications

http://ecom.ncsl.org/bookstore/index.htm

     Staff Contacts

http://www.ncsl.org/Default.aspx?TabID=756&tabs=966,76,1006#966

Legislators

 

Political Graveyard

http://politicalgraveyard.com/index.html#PE

Library Catalogs

 

Cataloger's Reference Shelf

http://www.itsmarc.com/crs/CRS0000.htm

Library of Congress

http://catalog.loc.gov/

Local Government

 

Directory of Official State, County and City Government Websites

http://statelocalgov.net/index.cfm

Municipal Code Corporation

http://www.municode.com/

Media

 

American Journalism Review

http://www.ajr.org/

Newsbank - America's Newspapers

http://infoweb.newsbank.com/

Quotations

 

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

http://www.bartleby.com/100/

Reference, General

 

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Research Reports and Issue Briefs

http://fpc.state.gov/c4763.htm or http://opencrs.com/

Elements of Style

http://www.bartleby.com/141

National Governor's Association Issue Briefs

http://www.nga.org/

Telephone Directories on the Web

http://www.infobel.com/teldir

Zip Codes

http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp

State Government

 

Council of State Governments

http://www.csg.org/

Directory of Official State, County, and City Government Websites

http://www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm

Stateline

http://www.stateline.org/

State Net

http://www.legislate.com/

Statistics, General

 

FedStats

http://www.fedstats.gov/

Statistical Resources

http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/stats.html

Transportation

 

U.S. Department of Transportation

http://www.dot.gov/

United States

 

National Atlas of the United States

http://www.nationalatlas.gov/index.html

United States Government

 

FirstGov

http://www.firstgov.gov/

LSU Libraries Federal Agency Directory

http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/index.html

Regulations.gov

http://www.regulations.gov/

Thomas (U.S. Congress)

http://thomas.loc.gov/

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**Select Publications, followed by Fiscal Survey

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Serial Publications

Title Publisher
Chronicle of Higher Education  
Computers in Libraries Information Today, Inc.
Education USA  
Governing Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
Law Review State Bar Association or Law School
LegisBriefs National Conference of State Legislatures
Legislative Studies Quarterly University of Iowa
Newsline Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section
National Conference of State Legislatures
SREB Publications Southern Regional Education Board
Spectrum (formerly Journal of State Governments) Council of State Governments
State News Council of State Governments
State Legislatures National Conference of State Legislatures
State Revenue Report Center for the Study of States
State Tax Notes Tax Analysts
U.S. Law Week Bureau of National Affairs
Vital Speeches of the Day City News Publishing Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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