Recommended Books Available at the State Library
Recommended Library Databases
The following databases include information resources about Law/Government and may require your patron ID to access. Many library digital resources are only available to state of Ohio employees.
The world’s most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
This robust bibliographic database focuses on the history and life of the United States and Canada. It is an important reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.
Criminal Justice Abstracts is a bibliographic research database covering the essential areas related to criminal justice and criminology.
OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is the first place Ohio’s college students and researchers go to find the latest journal articles. It contains over 24 million full-text articles in 10,000 journals from large publishers to small presses.
HeinOnline is a database containing more than 160 million pages and 160,000 titles of legal history and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges the gap in historical research by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,400 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.
This bibliographic database covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada), focusing on the 15th century to the present. For more than 50 years, researchers have used this database to discover groundbreaking work.
HSUS is the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history; topics are placed in context by experts in the field. Users can view and download tables in multiple formats as well as create their own custom tables.
Containing full text for hundreds of the most respected scholarly law journals, Legal Collection is a valuable database of information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.
The Ohio Memory Digital Collection is comprised of over 4,500 selections from libraries, museums, and historical societies from across the state. The collection traverses the full length of Ohio’s rich and influential history.
A premier on demand digital library providing over 30,000 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.
Each type of congressional publication provides a unique window to the entire range of U.S. social, political, and economic history. Examine testimony, debate, research reports, and legislative history to gain a complete picture. Taken together, congressional publications present a unique documentary history of the U.S.
Statistical Abstract of the United States. First published in 1878, the Statistical Abstract serves as the official federal summary of statistics and provides over 1,400 tables of benchmark measures on the demographic, housing, social, political, and economic condition of the United States.
Recommended eBooks and Journals
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HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. There are more than 120 partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.
State agencies promulgate rules and regulations (sometimes called administrative law) in the Register of Ohio, which are in turn codified in the Ohio Administrative Code.
Official government website for the State of Ohio
The Ohio Constitution is the basic governing document of the State of Ohio.
Legislation is enacted by the Ohio General Assembly, published in the Laws of Ohio, and codified in the Ohio Revised Code. Here you can view and search the current version of the ORC.
As Ohio’s chief elections officer, the Secretary of State oversees the elections process and appoints the members of boards of elections in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The Secretary of State supervises the administration of election laws; reviews statewide initiative and referendum petitions; chairs the Ohio Ballot Board, which approves ballot language for statewide issues; canvasses votes for all elective state offices and issues; investigates election fraud and irregularities; trains election officials, and works with counties to train poll workers. The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office also compiles and maintains election statistics and other election-related records.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land in the United States. Learn more about our founding document.
The mission of the Department of Justice is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
The GPO keeps America informed as the official, digital, and secure source for producing, protecting, preserving, and distributing the official publications and information products of the Federal Government.
The mission of U.S.A. gov is to create and organize timely, needed government information and services and make them accessible to the public anytime, anywhere, via their channel of choice.