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State Law, Legislation and Regulations: Background Information

Guide to Tennessee and other States

TN Newspapers

Newspapers are key sources for current developments in the Tennessee Legislature. The Hodges library keeps print copies of some city newspapers in the Reference Room on the 1st Floor. Research Guide to Newspapers

  • Chattanooga Times AN48.C33C43
  • Knoxville News-Sentinel AN48.K6K67
  • Memphis Commercial Appeal AN48.M4M44
  • Nashville Banner AN48.N4 3 N43
  • Nashville Tennessean AN48.N4T5

    Recent issues of Tennessee newspapers may also be online
  • America's Newspapers 
    Provides access to the electronic editions of seven Tennessee newspapers.


Access journal articles using online databases from the Library’s Databases page. Select the database most relevant to your research topic. Some key state and local periodicals are listed below:

  • The Tennessee Journal. Weekly.
    JK5201.T43, 1975-
    Includes political roundup section and legislative news.

  • Tennessee Town & City.
    Current year only kept. JS39.T4
    Bi-monthly paper of the Tennessee Municipal League covering state and local politics.

  • Law Review Articles
    Use Legal Periodicals and Books, or Nexis Uni (legal research section) from the databases page to search by topic. Law review journals are housed in the Law Library.

  • Spectrum: the Journal of State Government.
    Print JK2403.S7 1926-2005
    Some issues also available online 

  • State Legislatures. National Conference of State Legislatures.
    "The national magazine of state government and policy". 
    JK2403.S76 1994-

  • State and Local Government Review. 1976-2010
    JK2403.S684, 1994-
    Journal of research and viewpoints on state, local and inter-governmental issues. Indexed in PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service).

TN Government Policy Briefs

Publications By Policy Area  
TN Comptroller of the Tresury. Offices of Research & Education Accountability.