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Guide: Finding Congressional Information

The items listed in this guide are intended to be a basic introduction to U.S. Congressional publications and a finding aid to their location in Government Information, Maps and Microform Services (ET2 - 2nd floor of the East Tower of the Wells Library at IUB) and on the World Wide Web. These publications result from the process of a bill becoming a law.

NOTE: Locations of print materials may have changed. Please check IUCat for current information, or e-mail us at libet2@indiana.edu.

Public Laws, Statutes-At-Large & The U.S. Code

Statutes at Large.
Laws in numerical order by public law (P.L.) number for the 1st Congress (1789) to date.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (SuDoc) AE 2.111:
Hein Online.
Provides full-text of historial treaties, regulations, and presidential documents. Also includes numerous law resources.
http://www.libraries.iub.edu/scripts/countResources.php?resourceId=1262196
ProQuest Congressional.
Includes full text of the Statutes at Large from 1774 to present.
http://www.libraries.iub.edu/scripts/countResources.php?resourceId=61

House & Senate Bills

House & Senate Bills and Resolutions from the 96th Congress (1979-80) to 2005.
Microfiche: SuDoc Y 1.4/6: (A finding aid for the microfiche is located on top of the US microfiche cabinets.)
For Later see one of the following services:
Thomas at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/bills_res.html
FDSYS at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/
ProQuest Congressional at http://www.libraries.iub.edu/scripts/countResources.php?resourceId=61

For earlier, consult with Government Information, Maps and Microform Services reference staff at libet2@indiana.edu

Committee Reports/Documents

American State Papers & US Serial Set.
Bound in volumes and shelved by volume number. American State Papers cover 1st-17th Congresses. The Serial Set covers 15th Congress to date.
American State Papers: Print: ET2 Secure. Ask Staff
American State Papers: Microfiche: K11.A48 1832a.
For other edditions contact Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference.
Serial Set - Almost all print volumes in ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility). May be requested through IUCat.
Senate Documents, Treaty Documents, Reports, and Executive Reports
Print: SuDoc Y 1.1/3:, Y 1.1/4:, Y 1.1/5:, and Y 1.1/6:
[Current - For older materials see serial set]
Senate Executive Reports and Documents
LC Microfiche: 1817-1969, Z 1223. 27C36
House Documents and Reports
Print: SuDoc Y 1.1/7: and Y 1.1/8:
[Current - For older materials see serial set]
CIS US Serial Set Index, American State Papers - 1969.
Includes Serial Set volume number for locating the print text.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (LC) Z1223 .Z7 C95
Online through ProQuest Congressional
Numerical List and Schedule of Volumes, 1895-1980.
Collocates the Reports and Documents numbers with the Serial Set volume number.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (SuDoc) GP 3.7/2:
ProQuest Congressional
Searchable database of the full- text of Congressional Reports and Documents.
Prior to 1970 documents and reports are in the "Serial Set".
GPO Access.
Searchable database of the full-text of Congressional Reports and Documents for the104th Congress (1995-96)
to date.
Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet.
Searchable database of the full-text of Committee Reports for the 104th Congress (1995-96) to date.

Committee Hearings/Prints

House and Senate hearings and committee prints.
Paper: SuDoc Y4.
Most hearings were moved to the Auxiliary Library Facility. Search IUCAT by title and request.
Consult Government Information, Maps and Microform Services reference staff as needed.
Unpublished House committee hearings.
CIS Microfiche: 1833-1954; other years in IU Law Library.
Unpublished Senate committee hearings.
CIS Microfiche: 1965-68; other years in IU Law Library.
ProQuest Congressional includes "testimony" of Congressional Hearings since the mid 1980's. This is not the complete hearing but includes the submitted testimony.
ProQuest Congressional. Indexes Congressional hearings (1833-To Date) and committee prints (Earliest Published-To Date). CIS Index to Unpublished US House of Representatives Committee Hearings, 1833-1954.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (LC) Z1223 .Z7 C82 1988
CIS US Congressional Committee Hearings Index, 1833-1969.
Includes the SuDoc number for locating the print text.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (LC) Z1223 .Z7 C7
CIS US Congressional Committee Prints Index From the Earliest Publications through 1969.
Includes the SuDoc number for locating the print text.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (LC) Z1223 .Z7 C66 1980
ProQuest Congressional.
Searchable database of the full-text of discussion transcripts and written submitted testimony from congressional hearings. Coverage is comprehensive beginning with 1993 and extends backwards with less comprehensive coverage to 1988. The database also includes the full-text of selected committee prints from the 104th Congress (1995) to date. Abstracts of all prints are searchable. Now includes online copies of all House and Senate Reports and Documents.

Legislative Histories

US Code Congressional and Administrative News. Laws and legislative histories for the 79th Congress (1946) to date.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (LC) KF48 .U5
Congressional Index.
The "Status of Bills" section gives legislative histories for the 80th Congress (1947-48) to 1998.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (LC) KF49 .C6
ProQuest Congressional: Bills, Laws & Legislation. Searchable database of the history of bills for the 101st Congress (1989-90) to date.

For tracking legislation prior to 1980's, consult one of the following:

Congressional Index. 80th Congress (1947-48) to 1998.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (LC) KF49 .C6
Congressional Record's Digest of Bills.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Stacks (SuDocs) X 1.1.

The Congressional Record

Congressional Record and its predecessors, Annals of Congress, Congressional Debates, and Congressional Globe.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Stacks (SuDocs) - XI.I
Microfiche: SuDoc X [cong. no.] (43rd Congress, final edition to date)
Hein Online.
http://www.libraries.iub.edu/scripts/countResources.php?resourceId=1262196
ProQuest Congressional: Congressional Publications.
Searchable database of the full- text of the CR from 1985 to date.
GPO Access.
Searchable database of the full-text of the CR for Volume 140 (1994) to date. The indexes for 1983 to date are also searchable.
Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet.
Searchable database of the full-text of the CR for the 103rd Congress (1993-94) to date.

Committees, Committee Assignments & Member Biographies:

Congressional Directory. 14th Congress (1816) to date.
Print: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services Reference (SuDoc) Y 4.P 93/1:
ProQuest Congressional: Current Congressional Member & Committee Information.
Members & Committees
U.S. House of Representatives. Office of the Clerk.

Revised by Lou Malcomb 1/8/2008



last updated: 11/6/2013