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Legislative Overview

Legislative Overview

Class Description: This class provides instruction in using State Library of Oregon databases/resources as well as external resources in the area of law and legislation including: Oregon statutes, regulations and bills as well as access to case law, legal periodicals.  If time allows, federal resources will also be mentioned.

What will I learn?: Class attendees will gain knowledge regarding the effective use of Oregon State Library law and legislation resources and databases. These resources include: discussions regarding which agency to turn to for information as well as become more familar with the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS).  In addition, attendees will learn how to track Oregon bills and statutes changes and keep up with government announcements. Internet resources that provide access to law and legislative resources and information will also be discussed.

Class Level: Intermediate - Advanced

RegistrationRegister for this class HERE via Workday.

Depending upon student registration and needs, topics that may be covered include

Library Introduction

  • Registration for Library Services
  • Log-on/Access to Library services & products
  • Brief State Library web page orientation - http://library.state.or.us
  • Ordering Articles
  • State Library of Oregon Databases - Law & Legislation
  • Lexis/Nexis Resource (if applicable) & ProQuest Congressional

Current Legislative Session

  • Using Oregon Legislative Online System (OLIS) & Legislative Website effectively
  • BillTracker
  • Legislative “Tips & Tricks”
  • Proquest Congressional – Basic/Advanced Search

Past Legislative Action

  • Performing Legislative Histories
  • State of Oregon Law Library Resources – Hein Online – Oregon Laws Collection
  • Online vs. Paper - When to use what?
  • Where to go for what?
    • State Library
    • State Archives
    • State of Oregon Law Library

Future/Comparative Legislative Work

  • Newspaper Resources – News Tracking (National/Regional/Local)
  • State Library eClips
  • Google News & Other Aggregators
  • Lexis/Nexis Resource (if applicable) - Measure search in other U.S. States
  • Legislative Resource Sites – NCSL, CSG, Pew – Stateline, Magazines/Journals (eg. Governing)

Oregon Rules

  • Oregon Administrative Rules


  • Search alerts – databases
  • NCSL 50-state database
  • Other resources

Federal Resources

  • State Library – ProQuest Congressional, Serial Set, Committee prints/hearings/reports
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Federal Register
  • Congress.gov
  • Tracking

Case Law

  • State of Oregon Law Library Resources (FastCase)
  • State Library of Oregon Legal journals/ordering

Related LibGuide: Oregon Legislative Resources by Jerry Curry

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Time Zone:
Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
  State of Oregon Employees  
  Online Training  

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