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Zimmerman's Research Guide



The Indiana Constitution, Indiana Code, Administrative Code, bills and session laws ("Acts"), and Register (including regulations, executive orders and attorney general opinions) are all available through the General Assembly web site.

A directory of Indiana government agencies is available on In.gov.

The Indiana Law Encyclopedia provides a detailed discussion of Indiana legal topics. The Encyclopedia is available on Westlaw (IN-ENC). You can search the Encyclopedia along with a other Indiana practice treatises using Westlaw's INPRACLIB database.

Bill Status: To check on the status of pending bills, go to: the General Assembly web site and choose Bills & Resolutions > Complete Information for All Bills. For questions, call the Legislative Information Center at 317-232-9856.

Legislative History: Legislative history materials including are available in the Session Archives starting in 2000. You can find Fiscal Impact Statements, Committee Reports and other Committee materials clicking on the "Bills and Resolutions" and "Complete Information for All Bills" links and then clicking on the relevant bill number. Also check the House and Senate Journals, which includes floor actions and Governor's Messages. Note: Indiana does not keep transcripts or recordings of legislative debates or hearings. For more information, see the State Legislative History Research Guides page posted by the Maurer School of Law. For questions, call the Legislative Information Center at 317-232-9856. Important: Indiana legislative materials generally do not show legislative intent, not even the "Reports."

Cases: Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases are published in the North Eastern Reporter. Published and unpublished decisions of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court are posted on the Indiana Courts web site; older opinions are available in the Judicial Opinions Archive (coverage: Supreme and Appellate Court, 1999-2005; Tax Court, 1988-2005). For better searching, official citations and internal page cites use Google Scholar (back to 1950). For comprehensive databases use Lexis or Westlaw.

Questions: For questions about Indiana legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling Indiana Supreme Court Library (317-232-2557) or the Indiana University School of Law Library in Bloomington (812-855-9666) or Indianapolis (reference 317-274-4026; inter-library loan 317-274-4029). For legislative and administrative materials, call the Indiana State Library (317-232-3675).

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See Also
Case Pulls
Docket Sheets
Legal Ethics
Legal Treatises
State Cases
State Constitutions
State Government Agencies
State Laws, generally
State Regulations and Administrative Codes
State Statutes and Codes

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