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WGS 388: Pregnancy Outcomes in American Women



LAWS AND REGULATIONS

United States Statutes at Large
Ref. Balcony KF 50 .U52 (1893 - )
This is the first permanent form of federal laws. One or more volumes are compiled for each legislative session. Recent laws are issued in "slip" format, arranged by Public Law number. Public Laws from 1995 to the present are available on GPO Access.

United States Code
Ref. Balcony KF 62 1992 .A2
This is the official codification of all federal laws, divided into 50 subject areas (or titles). Specific subject indexing is included, as well as a listing of the laws by popular names. Title 21 is Food and Drugs; Title 42 is Public Health and Welfare. Also available on GPO Access.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Ref. Balcony KF 70 .A34
This is a subject accumulation of rules currently in force, also divided into 50 titles (most of which correspond to the United States Code). It is nothing less than "a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government." There is a separate index volume to the CFR. Title 21 is Food and Drugs (9 vols.) and Title 42 is Public Health and Welfare )4 vols.). The current edition is also available on GPO Access.

Federal Register
U.S. Doc. AE 2.106, Ground Floor
Published five days a week, this contains news of Executive rules and all presidential proclamations, rules and regulations of the various bureaus and departments of the federal government, decisions of fact-finding bodies, and all proposed regulations. Material from 1994 to the present is available on GPO Access. Only the most recent two years of the FR are retained in paper copy by the library.

Pennsylvania Laws
The text of all Pennsylvania laws enacted since 1975, from the General Assembly.

Pennsylvania Code
This is the official compilation of Pennsylvania Commonwealth regulations.


ADDITIONAL REFERENCE SOURCES

Encyclopedia of Birth Control
Ref. HQ 766 .E52 2001

Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States
Ref. HQ 766.5 .U5 H57 2002

Encyclopedia of Federal Agencies and Commissions
Ref. Balcony JK 9 .H536 2004
Good brief background, access and contact information.

Federal Regulatory Directory, 13th Edition
Ref. Balcony KF 5406 .A15F4 2008
Profiles of the major (and lesser) regulatory agencies, as well as the agencies affiliated with the cabinet-level departments. Each profile gives historical background on the agency, a review of important regulations, recent developments, and an outlook for the near future.

The Book of the States, 2008
Ref. Balcony JK 2403 .B6 2008
An annual directory, published by the Council of State Governments, that provides an administrative overview of state government. Contains data on state finances, programs, regulations, and intergovernmental affairs. With supplements.

Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects
Ref. RB 155.5 .W96 2008
Located in the Martin Library of the Sciences

Encyclopedia of Childbearing: Critical Perspectives
Ref. RG 525 .E52 1993
Located in the Martin Library of the Sciences


ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

GPO Access
A service of the US Government Printing Office and the Superintendent of Documents, this provides access to a wealth of current government information. It includes online access to Presidential documents, public laws, Supreme Court opinions, and federal regulations.

USA.Gov
A service that provides access to web pages of government agencies and to government services in general.

Regulations.Gov
Easy access to proposed federal regulations.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Updated daily with announcements, reports, regulations. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is an important component of the FDA.

National Institutes of Health
The home page of the NIH provides links to 27 specialized institutes and centers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contains news items, statistics, and links to publications.

Thomas (Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress' electronic access to legislative information: bills, public laws, and committees.

CQ Weekly Reports
This publication updates the CQ Almanac with a weekly reporting and analysis of congressional activity. Provides text and summaries of major legislation. This is the best source for tracking the progress of a bill in congress and contains charts for "Bills to Watch" and "Status of Appropriations").

Lexis-Nexis
Connections to full-text newspaper articles (including the New York Times), business information, and legal resources.

Catalog of Government Publications
An index of all federal government publications from 1976 to the present.

Last updated: 1/29/09 tk, contact Tom Karel for assistance - 291-3845.
 

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