Last week's tip was Ben's Guide to U.S. Government. Ben's Guide is a service of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), and it serves as the educational component of GPO Access, through which the GPO provides the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. We will learn more about using GPO Access for legal research in the coming weeks.
According to About Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids, "This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities."
Don't be put off by this description of the site. Although the intended audience may be K-12 students, parents, and teachers, Ben's Guide is still a valuable resource for beginning legal researchers. Not only does it provide a good review of how the U.S. Government makes law, but it also will help you understand how to find the statutes and regulations enacted by Congress and federal agencies.