Supports scholarly research in key areas of academic study, providing nearly 9,100 full text periodicals, over 7,900 peer-reviewed journals, as well as reports and books. Subjects include anthropology, engineering, law, science and technology, social sciences, humanities, medical sciences, ethnic studies and much more.
Visitors to the library have access to a wide variety of electronic databases; however, remote access to subscription databases is restricted to State Library authorized users: state employees and, unless otherwise noted, Thomas Edison staff and students. Authorized users needing a State Library access card, should complete the appropriate online registration form.
New Jersey residents should use JerseyClicks to access databases licensed for statewide use.
Transmission or reproduction of items beyond that permitted by fair use requires the permission of the copyright owners. It is the user's responsibility to determine and comply with all restrictions based upon the intended use of the materials. All users are expected to respect the intellectual property rights of licensed material. Failure to do so will result in loss of access.
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A codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information and includes bills, laws, committee information, committee reports, the Congressional Record, roll call votes and profiles of members of Congress.
Provides historical analysis of members of Congress, their voting behavior, interest groups, and public policy. Includes information on institutional and organizational history, the legislative process, and public policy decision-making.
A weekly source of legislative news and analysis.
Provides an interface for searching across all of our CQ Press electronic collections simultaneously. Also allows the searcher to select specific resources.
Indexes over 460 U.S. and international criminal justice journals and includes full text for over 185 titles. Coverage back to 1981.
The State Library’s collection contains over 15,000 full text, searchable electronic books. Most may be downloaded to your computer, or ereaders compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. Apple devices and Android devices are also supported.
The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Coverage back to 1994. For earlier years use HeinOnline.
A collection of over 95 reference books covering business, education, the environment, history, medicine, religion, science and social science. The titles can be searched individually or all at once. Titles include: Business Plans Handbooks, Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education, Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, Everyday Finance: Economics, Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, Personal Money Management and Entrepreneurship and Wests Encyclopedia of American Law, 2nd edition.
The Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) govinfo website, which was publicly launched as a beta on February 3, 2016, will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) public website. Govinfo provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Among the nearly 50 collections available are: Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 to present), Congressional Bills (103rd Congress to present), Congressional Documents (94th Congress to present), Congressional Hearings (99th Congress to present), Congressional Record (1994 to present), Congressional Reports (104th Congress to present), Federal Register (1994 to present), Public and Private Laws (104th Congress to present) and Economic Indicators (1995 to present). Documents are added daily. All content available on FDsys is available on govinfo by conducting searches and clicking the format links in the search results.
Provides access to the U.S. Statutes at Large from 1789 to 2007, the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress; and the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library which includes comprehensive histories for major laws, with bills, reports, hearings and other full text documents. It also includes the U.S. Code; Code of Federal Regulations; Federal Register; state session laws and state statutes archives for all 50 states; treaties and international agreements; U.S. Reports; Canadian Supreme Court Reports; English Reports Full Reprint (1220 1867); a collection of treatises considered legal classics; full text of 1600 law journals and much more. Training guides and videos are available for users: Training guides and Training videos.
The nation’s premier collection of homeland security policy and strategy documents, including presidential directives, theses and reports from universities, organizations and state and local agencies. State employees with standard state email addresses can register for remote access to this database by clicking on the “Request an individual HSDL account” on the database home page.
Intended for the everyday user, this database addresses a wide-range of legal issues. It contains hundreds of full text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. Users can search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms by subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, divorce, name changes, wills and more.
A nationwide database of state and federal statutes, court opinions, regulations, court rules and administrative decisions, plus law reviews and New Jersey-based legal practice guides on various topics. Access is only available onsite at the public computers in the Law Library.
Contains summaries of over 195,000 criminal justice reports, books, articles and unpublished research
A public access portal for free online access to the New Jersey Administrative Code.
A legislative history is a compilation of the documents which express the purpose or intent behind the passage of a particular law. The State Library compiles histories on all New Jersey laws which are general and permanent. Appropriations, temporary and executed, and repealer acts are excluded.
The Office of Administrative Law and LexisNexis have established a public access portal for free online access to the New Jersey Register.
The most current official text of the permanent and general statutes of New Jersey.
A multidisciplinary database providing full text articles. Coverage includes agriculture, applied sciences, art, biology, business, education, humanities, law, library and information science, social sciences and technology.Coverage begins in 1994.
One-stop access to the full text of information created by and about the U.S. Congress. Reports, hearings, bills, laws, member directories and information, and related publications are available from 1970 on. Includes Historical Indexes 1789-1980, an index to historic materials including many departmental reports as well as unpublished hearings. Also includes the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register.
The following seven newspapers are viewable in a digitized, page by page format, as they appear on microfilm: Asbury Park Press (2010- ), Camden Courier-Post (2010- ), National Law Journal (2009- ), New York Law Journal (2009- ), New York Times-Late edition, East Coast (2008- ), Philadelphia Inquirer (2010- ) and the Wall Street Journal-Eastern edition (2008- ). Word searches can be done within one daily paper at a time.
A comprehensive sociology research database containing abstracts for over 620 core coverage journals dating back to 1895, data from over 500 priority coverage journals and over 1,390 selective coverage journals. Full text is available for over 300 journals. Extensive indexing for books, monographs and conference papers is also included.