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Government and Law Guide




CQ Press Congress Collection

Provides biographical, legislative, poltical, and electoral data on the U.S. Congress since the 79th Congress.

Congressional Research (ProQuest)

(formerly LexisNexis Congressional Research). Retrieves Congressional materials including CRS reports (2004-present), legislative histories, bills and laws, and more.


Legislative information on the U.S. Congress, sponsored by the Library of Congress.  Coverage varies; bill summaries and public laws covered  from the 93rd (1973) through current Congress; bill text search available from 101st (1989) Congress through present.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Search for members of Congress.

Congressional Directory

Official directory of the U.S. Congress. Covers 104th (1995-96) through 111th (2009-10) Congress.

Congressional Districts: U.S. Census

110th Congressional Districts maps, and more.

Congressional Record

Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published daily when Congress is in session.  FDsys contains Congressional record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present.

Congressional Documents

House and Senate Documents, Senate Executive Documents, and Senate Treaty Documents from the 104th (1995-96) Congress through current 112th Congress.

Congressional Hearings

Covers hearings from 99th (1985-1986) through present 112th Congress posted on FDsys. Not all congressional hearings are available.

Congressional Committee Prints

Congressional Committee prints are publications issued by Congressional Committees on topics related to their legislative or research activities.  Covers 105th (1997-98) Congress through the current Congress.


Free website offering comprehensive legislative tracking through use of open government information.  Search members of Congress, bills and resolutions, voting records, committee memberships, and more.

Statutes at Large 2003-2007

Statutes at Large 1951-2002

Permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The Statutes at Large is prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

U.S. Code

Codification of the general and permanent laws of the United States by subject matter.

U.S. House of Representatives

The House of Representatives' official web site.

U.S. Senate

Official web site of the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Congress Votes Database: Washington Post

Documents every vote and member of the House and Senate since 1991.

Library of Congress’ A Century of Lawmaking: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1875

Collection of full-text documents from the Library of Congress.


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