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Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents & Debates, 1774-1873 info

Coverage 1774 to 1875
Historical U.S. Congressional documents and debates, including the Congressional Record and its predecessors.

Congress and the Courts (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1787 to present
Congress and the Courts, featuring William H. Manz’s Congress and the Courts: A Legislative History, brings together materials reflecting congressional concern with the composition and structure of Article III Courts and provides all relevant documents prepared by various Congresses relating to the purpose, formation, organization, and restructuring of the federal government.

Congress.gov info

Coverage 1973 to present
Congress.gov contains federal legislative information from the United States government. It is the new platform for legislation, the Congressional Record, committee reports, nominations, treaties, Senate and House Executive Communications and member profiles. As the Congress.gov project progresses, all of the information on Thomas.gov will be integrated into Congress.gov.

Congressional Bills (FDsys) info

Coverage 1993 to present (updated daily)
Full-text of U.S. Congressional bills and resolutions.


Congressional Committee Prints (FDsys) info

Coverage 1987 to present
Browse the current catalog of Congressional Committee Prints.


Congressional Hearings (FDsys) info

Coverage 1985 to present (updated daily)
Selected hearings from U.S. Congressional committee hearings proceedings. Most hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. For older hearings, see ProQuest Congressional.


Congressional Hearings (ProQuest Congressional) info

Coverage 1824 to 2003 (updated daily)
Published and unpublished hearings from U.S. Congressional committee hearings proceedings. All hearings contain the full transcripts of the proceedings, including all oral statements, committee questions, and discussion. Published hearings also contain texts of related reports, statistical analyses, correspondence, exhibits, and articles presented by witnesses or inserted into the record by committee members and staff. For more recent hearings, see FDsys.


Congressional Record - Bound Edition (FDsys) info

Coverage 1998 to present (updated daily)
The official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Note that this is the bound edition - Congressional Record citations may be to the daily edition. The primary ways in which the bound edition differs from the daily edition are continuous pagination; somewhat edited, revised, and rearranged text; and the dropping of the prefixes H, S, and E before page numbers.


Congressional Record - Daily Edition (FDsys) info

Coverage 1994 to present (updated daily)
The official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Note that this is the daily edition - Congressional Record citations may be to the bound edition.


Congressional Record (ProQuest Congressional) info

Coverage 1789 to present (updated daily)
The official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress back to 1789. Includes both daily and bound editions of the Congressional Record, as well as its predecessor titles: the Congressional Globe, the Register of Debates, and the Annals of Congress.


Congressional Record (Thomas) info

Coverage 1989 to present (updated daily)
The official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Note that this is the daily edition - See Fdsys for bound edition citations.


Executive Branch Documents (Proquest Congressional) info

Coverage 1789 to 1932
Collection of publications from the Executive Branch of the federal government listed in the 1909 Checklist created by the U.S. Superintendant of Documents as a summary of all publications issues by the government since 1789. Includes fully-searchable access to 200,000-plus documents not included in U.S. Serial Set collection, as well as an additional 200,000 document chosen from the 1910-1932 period.

Federal Legislative History info

Coverage to present
A guide to researching the legislative history of federal laws.

Hurst Collection (J. Willard) info

Coverage 1932 to 1997
The J. Willard Hurst Collection details the career of the man commonly identified as the father of modern American legal history. Hurst was a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he developed the field of American legal economic history through his scholarship and teaching. The collection includes Hurst's personal outlines and notes; course texts; publications; publication reviews; research notes; correspondence (incoming and outgoing); personnel records; photographs; audio recordings; and typewriter.

LLMC Digital info

Coverage 1700s to present
Case law, legislation, regulations and other materials from the U.S. (federal, states, military, Native American), Canada, UK and other foreign countries. Coverage is especially good for older materials, although some newer content is available including California Records and Briefs.

ProQuest Congressional info

Coverage 1789 to 2014 (updated daily)
Index and many full text publications of the United States Congress since 1789. Includes acts (laws), bills and resolutions, committee reports and documents, conference committee reports, hearings testimony, selective legislative histories, the Congressional Record (bound & daily editions), the Serial Set, Executive Branch Documents, and more.


ProQuest Legislative Insight info

Coverage 1789 to 2014 (updated daily)
A complete collection of full text publications generated in the course of congressional lawmaking useful for compiling a federal legislative history. PDFs include the public law, all bill versions, floor debate from the Congressional Record, committee reports, conference committee reports, hearings, and prints. Also included are Presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and other miscellaneous congressional publications. Note that only enacted laws are included. For bills which were not enacted, see ProQuest Congressional.


Serial Set (ProQuest Congressional) info

Coverage 1789 to 2010 (updated daily)
Reports and documents either produced or ordered by Congress, as well as presidential communications and treaty materials. Contains comprehensive and often detailed information on an extremely wide range of subjects. Includes the American State Papers, a collection of legislative and executive documents preceding the Serial Set. Also includes color and high resolution maps contained in the Serial Set.

Session Laws Library (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1700s to present
This Library contains exact replications of the official bound session laws of all 50 states since inception, as well as Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. It also includes the D.C. Register and the Session Laws of the U.S. Federal Government, as well as the entire back file of the Acts of Parliament of Canada and Acts of Parliament of Australia.

State Legislatures Internet Links (National Conference of State Legislatures) info

Coverage to present
Links to web sites of state legislatures and legislators with access to bills, constitutions, and issue reports.

Summaries of European Union Legislation info

Coverage to present
Fact sheets summarizing European Union legislation divided into 32 subject areas which are the Activities of the European Union. Includes summaries of existing measures, as well as a follow-up of legislative proposals in policies as diverse as External Relations and Employment and Social Affairs.

U.S. Code (Cornell University's Legal Information Institute) info

Coverage to present (updated daily)
Generated from the most recent official version made available by the U.S. House of Representatives. Includes an update service.


U.S. Code (FDsys) info

Coverage 1994 to present (updated annually)
Published every six years, with an annual supplement.


U.S. Code (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1925 to present (updated annually)
Full text of the United States Code from the 1925-1926 edition through the present. With annual supplements.


U.S. Congressional Documents info

Coverage 1970s to 1998 (updated daily)
Selected full-text hearings and committee prints from the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Congressional Documents Library (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1789 to present
This collection features the complete Congressional Record Bound version, as well as the daily version back to 1980. It also includes the three predecessor titles: Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837) Congressional Globe (1833-1873), and Congressional Hearings (1927-2012), as well as other important congressional material. Using the Daily-to-Bound Locator Tool, you can quickly find a page in the Bound volume from the Daily edition.

U.S. Statutes at Large (FDsys) info

Coverage 1951 to present
The United States Statutes at Large contains both public and private laws published in numerical order.


U.S. Statutes at Large (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1789 to present
Complete coverage of the Statutes at Large, containing both public and private laws published in numerical order, and treaties to 1950.

Wisconsin Legislative History info

Coverage to present
A guide to researching the legislative history of Wisconsin laws.

World Legal Information Institute info

Coverage to present
Case law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals, and other materials from foreign countries, the United States, and the 50 states.



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