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Government Documents: Executive Branch

Executive Branch Documents

Research Databases & Websites

The American Presidency Project
This Presidential document archive includes Executive Orders and other Presidential Papers. (1993-present) 
The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary.

HeinOnline U.S. Presidential Library
This library includes such titles as Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the Presidents, CFR Title 3 (Presidents), Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and other documents related to U.S. Presidents. 

Lexis Advance (1789-2002)
Includes Public Papers of the President and Compilation of Presidential Documents.

ProQuest Legislative Insight (various years)
Includes Presidential Signing Statements organized under the relevant public law.

Westlaw (1936-present)
Executive and administrative orders, proclamations, trade agreement letters, and other documents released by the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

Print Resources

Public Papers of the President
This collection contains volumes from FDR to Barack Obama.

Research Databases & Websites

Department Administrative Orders (DAOs)
Used to document and mandate continuing policies, standards requirements, and procedures prescribed by the Office of the Secretary for Departmentwide application or for application to two or more major program areas of the Department. The DAOs cover substantive program matters as well as administrative management, legal, or special staff functions.

Department Organization Orders (DOOs)
Used to prescribe the basic management structure and organizational arrangements of the Department of Commerce. DOOs are issued for each Secretarial Officer, Departmental Office, and Operating Unit of the Department of Commerce.

DOO/DAO Recent Updates
A list of recently issued, modified, or revoked Directives.

Print Resources

While not a true comprehensive archive, this collection includes publications and documents about the Department of Commerce and published by the Department of Commerce.  Locating older internal reports and publications can sadly be hit or miss, but the Annual Reports of the Secretary, Commerce Business Daily, technical manuals, exporting guides, and other assorted treasures can often fill in gaps in DOC research. 


Research Databases & Websites
Various Executive Agency Publications including the U.S. Government Manual.


Collections in HeinOnline include US Attorney General & Department of Justice Collection and US Federal Agency Documents, Decisions & Appeals.

Lexis Advance
Federal Administrative Materials including the combined opinions and administrative materials of various Federal executive branch and independent agencies.

Federal Administrative Decisions & Guidance


The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation.

Research Databases & Websites

eCFR (current)
The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a currently updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is not an official legal edition of the CFR. The e-CFR is an editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Publishing Office. The OFR updates the material in the e-CFR on a daily basis. - (1996-present)
The official text from the Government Printing Office (GPO).

HeinOnline (1938-present)

Lexis Advance (1981-present)

Westlaw (1984-present)

List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA) - GPO
The regulations appearing in the CFR may be incomplete or obsolete because of amendments issued after the date the particular title was revised.  Use GPO's LSA to locate the Federal Register page number where such changes may be found.

Print Resources

The library has 2 copies of each current title of the CFR, along with select historical titles.

The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Research Databases & Websites

Federal (1994-present)
Unofficial, HTML (XML-based) edition of the daily Federal Register provided by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (1994-present)
The beta site replacing GPO's FDsys.

HeinOnline (1936-present) 

Lexis Advance (1936-present)

Westlaw (1936-present)


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