National Conference of State Legislatures - Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section

2005 CORE LIBRARY COLLECTION

 

 

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) forms 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" was 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 lists we will be using a different format, breaking the list into four separate groupings. They are General Reference, Periodicals, Government Documents and Electronic Resources.

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 2005. Special thanks to Suzie Johnston and Laura Edmonston of Louisiana for their work on this project along with Tracey Kimball's (NM) suggestions. Please contact Jeanne Mejeur, NCSL Denver, with any comments, corrections, additions or deletions.

 

 

 


2005 CORE LIBRARY COLLECTION

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

CQ's State Fact Finder

Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

State Rankings: A Statistical View of the United States

Morgan Quitno

Statistical Abstract of the United States

U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Census

African Americans

 

Black Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook

Louise L. Horner, editor

Information Publications, Inc.

Associations

 

Directory of State Government Associations

Council of State Governments

Encyclopedia of Associations

Gale Research Co.

Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State and Local Organizations

Gale Research Co.

National Trade and Professional Associations

Columbia Books, Inc.

State and Regional Associations

Columbia Books, Inc.

Courts

 

Want's Federal-State Court Directory

WANT Publishing Co.

Crime

 

City Crime Rankings

Morgan Quitno

Education

 

Condition of Education, The

U.S. Department of Education

Directory of Education Statistics

U.S. Department of Education

Elections

 

Abstract of Votes

various

Encyclopedias, General

 

Encyclopedia, General (see also: Electronic Resources)

various

Environment

 

Resource Guide to State Environmental Management

Council of State Governments

Foreign Relations

 

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Business in Sixty Countries

B. Adams Publisher

Governmental Finance

 

Facts and Figures on Governmental Finance

Johns Hopkins University Press

Health

 

Physician's Desk Reference

Thomson Healthcare

Taber's Medical Dictionary (Cyclopedia)

Donald Venes & Thomas Clayton

F.A. Davis Co.

Language

 

French and/or Spanish to English Dictionary

Various - online will do

Laws & Legislation

 

National Survey of State Laws

Gale Research Co.

Subject Compilations of State Laws

Carol Boast & 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 Assn.

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

Garner, Bryan, ed.

Elements of Legal Style

Garner, Bryan, ed.

Legal Research Guide

various

Legal Services Staff Section, Key Contacts

National Conference of State Legislatures

Legal Thesaurus

Burton, William C.

Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory

Martindale-Hubbell

Plain English for Lawyers

Richard C. Wydick, 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 Foresman 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

Jeannine Woo, Idaho Secretary of the Senate

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

American Political Dictionary

Jack Plano, Milton Greenberg

Wadsworth Publishing

Atlas

various

Chicago Manual of Style

University of Chicago Press Staff

Dictionaries of Business, Finance, Banking, Computer & Insurance Terms

Barron's Education Series, Inc.

Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language

Random House Information Group

World Fact Book

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

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

 

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

Monitor Publishing, Co.

Taxation

 

State Tax Guide

Commerce Clearing House, Inc.

United States Government

 

Analysis/Treatise on history of US Constitution

 

Carroll's Federal Directory

Carroll Publishing Company

Congressional Yellow Book

Monitor Publishing Co.

CQ's Desk Reference on American Government

Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations

Gale Research Co.

Federal Regulatory Directory

Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

Federal Yellow Book

Monitor Publishing Co.

United States Government Manual

Office of the Federal Register

Washington Information Directory

Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

*Outdated, but no substitute at this time.

REFERENCE MATERIALS FROM INDIVIDUAL STATES

Subject/Title

 

Author or Publisher*

 

Administration

 

 

 

Administrative Rules

 

 

 

Attorney General Opinions

 

 

 

Advisory Opinions

 

 

 

Associations

 

 

 

Directory of Associations

 

 

 

Courts

 

 

 

Court Opinions

 

State Supreme Court/Appellate Court

 

Education

 

 

 

State School Directories

 

School boards and administrators

 

Health

 

 

 

State Hospital & Health Care Facilities Directory

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Legal Research

 

 

 

State Legal Directory

 

 

 

State Legal Encyclopedia

 

 

 

Legislative Procedure

 

 

 

Inside the Legislative Process

 

National Conference of State Legislatures

 

Legislative Calendars & Journals

 

 

 

Legislative Rules & Rosters

 

 

 

State Legislative Almanac/press books

 

 

 

Local Government

 

 

 

Directory of Local Government Offices

 

 

 

Lobbying

 

 

 

Lobbyist Directory

 

 

 

Media

 

 

 

Media Directory (newspaper contacts)

 

 

 

Parishes/Counties/Municipalities

 

 

 

State Directory of Cities, Towns and Villages

 

 

 

State map (with parish & county designation)

 

 

 

Postsecondary Education

 

 

 

College/University Directory

 

Boards and Administrators

 

Community & Technical College Directory

 

Boards and Administrators

 

State Financial Aid Programs for College/Univ. Bound Students

 

 

 

Reapportionment

 

 

 

District Maps

 

 

 

Reference, General

 

 

 

State Almanac or Statistical Abstract

 

 

 

State Atlas

 

 

 

State Government

 

 

 

Directory of State Government Officials (with photographs, if available)

 

 

 

Information on the state capitol building (history, structure)

 

 

 

Information on current and former legislators

 

 

 

Primary print and/or electronic resources on history of state government and statehood, such as the Constitutional proceedings

 

 

 

Publications of Key State Legislative Committees & Research Agencies

 

National Conference of State Legislatures

 

Roster of State Officials

 

 

 

State Blue Book

 

 

 

State Constitution

 

 

 

State Performance Evaluations

 

 

 

State Yearbooks

 

 

*Varies by state, unless otherwise indicated

FEDERAL DOCUMENTS

 

Subject/Title

Author or Publisher

50 State Survey

 

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book

U.S. Census Bureau

Statistical Abstract of the United States

U.S. Census Bureau

Census

 

Census Bureau Reports for the 50 States

U.S. Census Bureau

County & City Extra: Annual Metropolitan, City and County Data Book

U.S. Commerce Department

Crime

 

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

U.S. Department of Justice

Uniform Crime Reports for the United States

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Economy

 

Economic Report of the President

U.S. Executive Office of the President

Governmental Finance

 

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

U.S. House of Representatives

GPO Access

Congressional Budget Office Reports

Congressional Budget Office

Laws & Legislation

 

Federal Register

Office of the Federal Register

National Archives & Records Administration

Legislative Procedure

 

Constitution, Jefferson's Manual and Rules of the House of Representatives

U.S. House of Representatives

GPO Access

Parishes/Counties/Municipalities

 

County Business Patterns

U.S. Commerce Department

Reference, General

 

World Fact Book

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

Taxation

 

Federal Tax Regulations

Internal Revenue Service

Internal Revenue Code

Title 26 - U.S. Code

U.S. Master Tax Guide

CCH, Inc.

United States Government

 

Code of Federal Regulation

National Archives & Records Administration

Congressional Directory

U.S. Joint Committee on Printing

Congressional Record

GPO Access

United States Governmental Policy & Supporting Positions (Plum Book)

Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs

House Committee on Governmental Reform

World Almanac of U.S. Politics

World Almanac Books

 

 

 

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/

Census

 

U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/

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.law.emory.edu/caselaw

U.S. Supreme Court

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/

WASHLAW Federal and State Courts Directory

http://www.washlaw.edu/

Criminal Justice

 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/sites.htm

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/

Education

 

Education Commission of the States

http://www.ecs.org/

Education Week

http://www.edweek.org/

National Center for Educational Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/

U.S. Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/Welcome/index.html

Elections

 

Electionline

http://www.electiononline.org/

Project Vote Smart

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

Encyclopedias

 

Columbia Encyclopedia

http://www.bartleby.com/65

Government Documents

 

GPO

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

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/

Labor

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/

Laws and Legislation

 

Full Text State Statutes and Legislation

http://www.prairienet.org/~scruffy/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

Lex Notes

http://www.lexnotes.com/sources.shtml

Lexis

http://www.lexis.com/

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Directory

http://www.martindale.com/xp/Martindale/home.xml

Westlaw

http://www.westlaw.com/

Legislative Affairs

 

American Legislative Exchange Council

http://www.alec.org/

Legislators

 

Political Graveyard

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

Legislatures (General)

 

NCSL State Legislature Sites

http://www.ncsl.org

Library Catalogs

 

Cataloger's Reference Shelf

http://www.itsmarc.com/crs/CRS000.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/

Directory of Electronic Journals & Newsletters

http://www.arl.org/scomm/edir

NCSL Online Publications Directory

http://www.ncsl.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

CSG Online Research Database

http://stars.csg.org/

Elements of Style

http://www.bartleby.com/141

NCSL Staff Contacts

http://www.ncsl.org

National Governor's Association Issue Briefs

http://www.nga.org/

Telephone Directories on the Web

http://www.infobel.com/teldir

Zip Codes

www.usps.com or http://www.zipcode.com/

Social Security

 

Social Security Administration

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

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

National Conference of State Legislatures

www.ncsl.org

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

Statistical Abstract of the United States

http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-us.html

United States Government

 

All Politics

http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/index.html

Congressional Directory

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

FirstGov

http://www.firstgov.gov/

LSU Libraries Federal Agency Directory

http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/Executive/Executive_Agencies/Department_of_Transportation/Federal_Highway_Administration/Core_Business_Units/ Department_of_Transportation/Federal_Highway_Administration/Core_Business_Units/

Regulations.gov

http://www.regulations.gov/

Thomas (U.S. Congress)

http://thomas.loc.gov/

United States Code Annotated

http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.php

United States Government Manual

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

*Search only.  Pay access.

**Select Publications, followed by Fiscal Survey

SERIAL PUBLICATIONS (In alphabetical order)

Title

Publisher

American Demographics

Intertec Publishing

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

National Conference of State Legislatures (Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section)

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