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Congress and Legislation

Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Starting Places
  • FDSys
    This database from the Government Printing office contains House and Senate Reports and Documents, pictorial directories, Calendars of the House and Senate, Congressional hearings, Congressional Record, and much more.
  • Congress.gov The site contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972).
  • Congressional CU
    Full text service which provides access to Congressional bills and bill status, legislative histories, hearings, Congressional Record, congressional reports and documents, biographical, financial and voting record information, laws, proposed and existing regulations, searchable full-text journals and other information.
  • CQ Electronic Library CU
    Includes CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, as well as the CQ Voting and Elections Collection.
  • OpenCongress
    Combines government data with news coverage, social network feeds and blog posts, and public comments to present an overview of Congressional member activity, donations received, bill and committee actions, and voting. Funded primarily by the Sunlight Foundation.
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Legislative Process

  • CQ Electronic Library CU
    Includes CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, as well as the CQ Voting and Elections Collection.
  • FDSys Congress site includes the full text of bills, the Congressional Record, congressional reports, documents, hearings, committee prints, history of bills and other information. See Definitions of Document Status Codes for definitions of terms used to describe the status of a bill.
  • How Our Laws Are Made and Enactment of a Law from the Library of Congress.
    A simpler view of the legislative process is available from Ben's Guide to U.S. Government, an overview of the U.S. government, legislative process, duties of citizens, and other topics. Arranged by grade level, with sections for teachers and parents. Includes facts about states and links to state web sites.
  • Congressional CU
    Full text service which provides access to Congressional bills and bill status, legislative histories, hearings, Congressional Record, congressional reports and documents, biographical, financial and voting record information, laws, proposed and existing regulations, searchable full-text journals and other information. Check out their Help page for information on coverage, search form advice, and Dates of Congressional Sessions.
  • Legislative Histories:
  • LLSDC's Legislative Source Book
    Compiled by the Law Librarian's Society of Washington, D.C., the sourcebook provides a guide to Internet and subscription-based sources of regulatory information, legislative histories, committee hearings, establishing persistent links to documents from FDSys and Thomas, and other information.
  • Session Dates of the U.S. Congresses, 1789-present
    List of dates congress was in session, from Indiana University
  • Thomas
    Legislative Information From the Library of Congress includes bill summary and status, bill text, Congressional Record, selected House Hearing transcripts, Committee Prints, Public Laws and other information. Most information from the 102nd Congress to the present.
  • Govtrack.us
    Allows for the creation of customized tracking tools to follow specific bills and congress people, while providing information overall on bill statuses, committee actions, voting records, and district maps.
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Reports from Congressional Agencies

  • Congressional Budget Office
    Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was created by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. CBO's mission is to provide the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process." Site includes reports and testimony on bills under consideration by Congress.
  • Congressional CU
    Full text service which provides access to Committee Prints, CRS Report, Hearings, House & Senate Documents, House & Senate Reports, Legislative Histories, and selected reports from the Serial Set.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
    FDSys provides access to contains the Congressional Documents and Congressional Reports from 1995 to present. For coverage from 1817-1980, see the US Congressional Serial Set CU
  • U.S. GAO Reports and Testimony
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Voting Records of Congressional Members

  • Compiling a Member Voting Record
    This is a guide from the Library of Congress to some of the complexities in finding Congressional voting records.
  • Congressional Member records CU
    This database contains floor and key votes for each member back to the 101st congress in 1989-90.
  • Project Vote Smart
    Choose a State. Then choose the Senator or Representative by name to access the voting record.
  • Roll Call Votes
    This is a link to roll call votes, by congress and session back to the 101st congress from the Library of Congress.
  • The U.S. Congress Votes Database
    This site from the Washington Post allows you to browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991.
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Biographies and Directories

  • Almanac of American Politics (ask for password at reference desk)
    This site provides capsule summaries of states, congressional districts, congressional redistricting, biographies of elected officials (President, Vice-President, Governors, Senators, and Congressional Representatives), election results, campaign finance, basic demographic data, and other information. Password available from any reference desk.
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present
    Contains biographies of all members of the national legislature from 1774 to the present, including representatives, senators, presidents, vice presidents, and delegates to the Continental Congress.
  • Congress.gov The site contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972).
  • Congressional Directory 104th Congress to the present.
  • Congressional Pictorial Directory 105th to the present
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Demographics by Congressional District

  • American FactFinder
    This site provides demographic data from the 2000 census by federal and state legislative district.
  • Census Street Address Search
    Enter a street address, city, state, and ZIP code. You can then choose to display Census 2000 data and maps on the state, county, county subdivision, census tract, block, place, voting precinct, congressional, and state legislative districts in which the address is found.
  • Fast Facts for Congress
    This page from the Census Bureau provides demographic and economic data based on address, state, county or Congressional District. You can also find announcements on new data released and links to relevant data sets.
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Historical Congressional Information

  • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
    This American Memory collection includes browsable, searchable versions of official documents from early congresses. The House and Senate Journals, Senate Executive Journal, Annals of Congress, Statutes at Large and Maclay's Journal are now online. In addition, the collection contains materials from the Continental Congress, including Journals of the Continental Congress, Elliot's Debates, and Farrand's Records.
  • Congressional CU
    Full text service which provides access to Committee Prints, CRS Report, Hearings, House & Senate Documents, House & Senate Reports, Legislative Histories, and selected reports from the Serial Set.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set CU
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

News

  • Congress.org
  • CQ Electronic Library CU
    This database includes CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, CQ Almanac Online Edition, and CQ Global Researcher
  • The Hill
    A capitol newspaper.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic CU
    Full-text access to comprehensive news. News sources U.S. newspapers and wires, foreign newspapers and wires, major world newspapers and publications, radio and television transcripts, newsletters, and blogs.
  • Roll Call Online
    This newspaper includes policy briefings, committee assignments, information on new members, richest Senators and Representatives and other information.
  • Politics in Congress
    Congressional politics coverage from the Washington Post.

Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Guides


  • How Our Laws Are Made and Enactment of a Law from the Library of Congress
    A simpler view of the legislative process is available from Ben's Guide to U.S. Government, an overview of the U.S. government, legislative process, duties of citizens, and other topics. Arranged by grade level, with sections for teachers and parents. Includes facts about states and links to state web sites.
  • Compiling a Member Voting Record
    This is a guide from the Library of Congress to some of the complexities in finding Congressional voting records.
  • LLSDS: Legislative Source Book
    Compiled by the Law Librarian's Society of Washington, D.C., the sourcebook provides a guide to Internet and subscription-based sources of regulatory information, legislative histories, committee hearings, establishing persistent links to documents from FDSys and Thomas, and other information.
Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

Resources in the Catalog

Starting Places | Legislative Process | Reports from Congressional Agencies | Voting Records | Biographies and Directories | Demographics by Congressional District | Historical Congressional Information | News | Guides | Resources in the Catalog | Related Topics

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