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ProQuest Congressional Publications is a comprehensive online resource for Congressional hearings, public issues, legislation, history, and legal research with access to the full-text of more than 211 years of Congressional information, including member biographies, committee assignments, voting records, financial data, and the full-text of key regulatory and statutory resources. It also provides a link to legislative and public policy resources: Hearing transcripts and submitted testimony (1988-present); Committee reports (1989-present); Bills and Bill tracking reports (1989-present); Committee prints and Congressional documents (1995-present); Congressional Record (1985-present); Federal Register (1980-present); Current Code of Federal Regulations; Current U.S. Code; Public laws (1988-present); and National Journal and Congress Daily.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library - Fills a much-needed gap between legal texts focusing on the theory and history behind the law and more practical guides dealing with the law and its everyday effect upon its citizens. Articles include brief descriptions of each issue's historical background, profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations, details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state, and comprehensive bibliographies that include print and Web resources and lists of relevant organizations.

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Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database provides full text for more than 700 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating as far back as 1975 for key magazines. MAS Ultra School Edition also provides more than 500 full text pamphlets, more than 350 full text reference books, 84,011 biographies, 83,472 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 192,999 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

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The Whitehouse
Current information on the executive branch of government
Thomas (Library of Congress)
Excellent detailed reference on all parts of the federal government
The Electoral College
Explanation and history of the electoral college
The Supreme Court
Biographical and procedural information for the Supreme Court of the United States
Project Vote Smart
Information about candidates and ballot issues