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Executive Orders and Other Presidential Documents

This week the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. added a new feature to its Legislative Sourcebook: Executive Orders and Other Presidential Documents, Sources and Explanations.  The Legislative Sourcebook is an excellent research tool for research guides and sources related to federal legislation, the work of Congress, and the Executive Branch. The Executive Orders and Other Presidential Documents portion of the site allows users to quickly see where materials like the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, Executive Orders, Presidential Directives, Proclamations, and Signing Statements are found online. The guide indicates the years of availability of the information and includes the content holdings of both freely available online sources and subscription services.

One feature especially helpful about this guide is the inclusion of explanatory materials. For example, for Executive Orders, in addition to links to orders from 1789, links are also included to a Congressional Research Service report that explains the historical use and effect of such orders by Presidents. Similar works are available for Presidential signing statements and proclamations.

Check out the site for an easy to understand look at where you can find Presidential Documents, the date range covered, and multiple options for free online sources: http://www.llsdc.org/executive-orders-and-other-presidential-documents.

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