Federal Income Tax Research Sources 2020

Databases, government and other websites, judicial court decisions, journals and law journals, for researching federal tax questions.

Connecting to Databases

Use your Baruch Username and password to connect to library databases while off campus.


Contact the BCTC Help Desk if you have username/password issues.


Conducting tax research requires knowledge of a number of tax law sources (codes, regulations, various administrative materials and rulings, cases, etc.) and their levels of authority and how they fit together. Changes are constant.  There are free government sources and also resources enhanced by commercial vendors.  

This guide introduces the most common tax sources and describes how to find and use these sources through the Newman Library.

New to tax research?

It might be easiest to start with secondary sources, such as tax treatises available on Thomson Reuters Checkpoint or CCH Intelliconnect, or Bloomberg BNA or journal articles from subscription databases.  These will provide explanations, background information, and also identify primary sources to consult.

Guides and Tutorials

Through the Newman Library's databases Baruch students and faculty have access to:


Subject Guide

Related Law Guides

The following guides, prepared by former Newman librarian Ellen Kaufman, will also help you learn about and locate legal resources available in our Newman Library:

Law, Part 1: Finding U.S. laws, cases and regulations

Law, Part 2: Reference & Topical Research

Law, Part 3: Legislative History