Exercises for KSU Government Documents and Resources

Using FDsys and THOMAS

  • Find the full text of the USA Patriot Act (2001).

  • Take a look at the Federal Register Table of Contents for today and find out if there is any information on grants.  If so, find the information in the FR.  Write down the billing code for that document.
  • Find the Digital Era Copyright Enhancement Act of 1998
  • Who are the sponsors?
  • Find a synopsis of the bill
  • Find the Bono Copyright extension Act of 1998
  • Find a synopsis of the bill
  • What does the Supreme Court say about the Act’s constitutionality? (2003)
  • Find the text of the State of the Union Address for 2009 – how & where did you find the text of the address
  • Find the text of the State of the State (of Ohio) Address for 2009 – how & where did you find the text of the address
  • Search the Unified Agenda, 1997 for information dealing with airport security.  Once you get your results choose the document that deals with a revision to part 107.  Find out who the agency contact is.
  •  Find the document in the Federal Register dealing with this exact topic.  Write down the search terms you used.  How many pages is the document?
  • How did this change in 2001/2002?
  • Write down the search strategy for the following problem.  A patron is looking for information in Title 20 (Employee Benefits) for topics dealing with black lung benefits for death and disabilities.
  • Using the Congressional Record Index, find the latest version of bill h.r.695.  What is the bill’s status?  What does the bill deal with?  Can you find a debate on the House floor that deals with this topic?
  • Find the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997
  •           What is the PL number
  •           What House Bill enacted this Act?
  •           When was it passed by the House?  By the Senate?
  • Find reactions on the floor of Congress in the Congressional Record Index then in the Congressional Record
  • Find information in the 104th Congress about the Channel Islands
  • Find the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) of 1974.
  •         Which reference tool do you have to use to find this?
  •         Is there any debate in Congress about this Act in the past three years?
  •         Can you find the SU-Doc number for this?
  • Find the Rails To Trails Program
  •           Who sponsors it?
  •           Is there any mention of it in the CFR? Or the Congressional Record?
  •           Can you find a SU-Doc number for this?
  • The Pledge of Allegiance has been in the news lately.
  • Find some background history about it
  • What do the courts say about it today?