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Other guides which may be useful for research include:

Members and Directories

Congressional Directory
Online version (104th Congress, 1995+)
Serial Set Online (47th Congress, 1882 - 62nd Congress, 1913)
U.S. Documents Y 4 .P93/1: 1/ (91st Congress, 1969+)
"presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries."
Congressional Staff Directory
Reference JK 1012 .C65
  • Staffs of the Officers of the Senate and House of Representatives
  • Staffs & Committees of the Senators and Representatives
  • Staffs of the Committees and Subcommittees
  • Caucuses and Task Forces
  • Staffs of Joint Committees
  • Staffs of the Offices and Agencies of Congress
  • Hill Organizations
  • Congressional Staff Biographies
  • State and District Information
  • Member Records (101st Congress, 1989+)
    • Bill Sponsored
    • Campaign Contributors
    • Campaign Finance Reports
    • Financial Disclosures
    • Floor Statements
    • Floor Votes
    • Key Votes
    • Personal Profiles
  • Committees
    • Roster (current Congress only)
    • Committee Schedule
  • Demographics - find current Members of Congress by:
    • Gender
    • Race
    • Party affiliation
    • State or territory represented
    • Born between...
    • Religion
    • Military Service
    • Education attained
    • Alma Mater
    • Elected between...
    • Chamber
Search by name, position, state, party, year, or Congress
"contains biographical profiles of former women Members of Congress, links to information about current women Members, essays on the institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of Congresswomen, and images of each woman Member, including rare photos."

General Congressional Information

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  • Bills, Resolutions (1973+)
  • Activity in Congress
  • Congressional Record (1989+)
  • Schedules, Calendars (Senate 1978+, House 1995+)
  • Committee Reports (1995+)
  • Presidential Nominations (1987+)
  • Treaties (1967+)
  • Senators
    • States
    • Leadership
  • Committees
    • Membership
    • Assignments
    • Hearings & Meetings
  • Legislation & Records
    • Votes
    • Nominations
    • Calendars & Schedules
    • Congressional Record
    • Bills & Resolutions
    • Treaties
    • Appropriations Bills
    • Public Disclosure
    • Legislative Process
    • Active Legislation
  • Art & History
    • People
    • Origins & Development
    • Historical Minute Essays
    • Special Collections
    • Paintings, Sculpture & Graphic Arts
    • Oral History Project
  • Reference
    • Virtual Reference Desk
    • Statistics & Lists
    • Bibliographies
    • How To...
    • Is It True That...
    • Glossary
    • Senate Organization
    • The Constitution
  • Find Your Representative by ZIP
  • Representatives' Web Sites
  • Committees' Web Sites
  • Committees
  • Representatives by Name
  • Representatives by State
  • Leadership
  • House Organizations
  • Legislative Resources
    • Currently on the House Floor
    • Access the Laws of the U.S.
    • Find a Bill, Amendment, or Debate
    • Find Vote Information
    • What does the House do?
  • Resources
    • Speaker of the House
    • Chief Administrative Officer
    • Clerk of the House
    • Educational Resources
    • Government Resources
    • House Directory
    • House Rules
    • Kids in the House
    • Legislative Archive
    • Media Resources
    • Visiting D.C.
    • House Schedule
    • House Operating Status
Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System
Online version
Reference JF 501 .E53 1994
Browse for other books about Congress:
UCF Libraries' Catalog
- particularly JK 1012 through JK 1432
- and U.S. Documents
  • The Legislative Process - Creating Laws for the Nation
  • Congressional Materials - Committees, Calendars, & Procedures
  • Legislative Resources - From Congress & Legislative Agencies
  • Additional Resources - Other Federal Web Sites & Resources
(NOTE: Most of the resources listed are freely accessible. For those resources listed as "UMich Only", the UCF Libraries might also have subscription access through our Articles & Databases page.)
  • Members
    • Biographies
    • Compensation
    • Congressional Districts
    • Directories
    • Staff
  • Legislation
    • Background
    • Bill Drafting
    • Bills
    • Committee Calendars
    • Committee Markups/Votes
    • Committee Publications
    • Comprehensive Guides
    • Congressional Research Service
    • Debates
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    • Floor Calendars
    • Floor Votes
    • Hearings
    • News
  • Legislation (continued)
    • Politics
    • Reports
    • Serial Set
    • Vetoes
    • Years/Congress Conversion Table
  • Support Agencies
    • CBO
    • CRS
    • GAO
    • GPO
    • LC
    • OTA
  • Related Pages
    • Constitution
    • Laws
    • Legislative Histories Guide
    • Legislative Histories Tutorial
    • Public Policy Matrix

Historical Materials of Congress

See the separate web page describing content.
  • Continental Congress & the Constitutional Convention
    • Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-1789)
    • Letters of Delegates to Congress (1774-1789)
    • Elliot's Debates (1787-1789)
    • Farrand's Records (1787)
  • Statutes & Documents
    • Bills & Resolutions - selected sessions:
      • House, 1799-1873
      • Senate, 1819-1873
      • Senate Joint Resolutions, 1824-1873
    • Statutes at Large (1789-1875)
    • American State Papers (1789-1838)
    • U.S. Serial Set (selected Documents,Reports & Maps, 1833-1917)
  • Journals of Congress
    • House Journal (1789-1875)
    • Senate Journal (1789-1875)
    • Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875)
    • Maclay's Journal (1789-1791)
  • Debates of Congress
    • Annals of Congress (1789-1824)
    • Register of Debates (1824-1837)
    • Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
    • Congressional Record (first three volumes, 1873-1875)
"The Dirksen Congressional Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization in Pekin, Illinois, that seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders through archival, research, and educational programs."
  • The Civil Rights Documentation Project
  • Editorial Cartoon Collection
  • "Facing the Post-War World: Everett M. Dirksen Abroad, 1945"
  • The 1960s: A Multi-Media View from Capitol Hill
  • Understanding Congressional Decisions Through Vectors
  • 14 Units to Learn How a Bill Becomes a Law
an unofficial list, compiled by staff at the Dallas Public Library, "of all of the Congressional Gold Medals given over the period between 25 March 1776 through to the present day," arranged by date, with brief information about the recipients.

Congressional Publications

Type of Publication
U.S. Congressional Bibliographies (North Carolina State University)
"enumerate and describe meetings held by Congressional committees since 1985, those for which printed transcripts are issued, and those that remain unprinted.  Its sources are the Congressional Record's Daily Digest and bibliographic information supplied by the U.S. Senate Library.  Its primary goal is to be an authoritative, exhaustive reference source of meetings held and documents released by House and Senate committees."
  • Congressional Publications
    • Search by keyword
    • Search by publication number:
      • H.rpt.
      • H.doc.
      • H.exdoc.
      • H.jnl.
      • H.misdoc.
      • S.rpt.
      • S.doc.
      • S.prt.
      • S.hrg.
      • S.exdoc.
      • S.jnl.
      • S.misdoc.
      • CC.rp.
      • Exec.rpt.
      • Exec.doc.
      • Treaty doc.
      • Claims.
      • Com.nav.
      • Fin.
      • For.rel.
      • Ind.aff.
      • Mil.aff.
      • Misc.
      • Nav.aff.
    • Search by bibliographic number:
      • SuDoc
      • Accession Number
  • Rules of Congress
    • House Rules
    • Senate Rules
    • Jefferson's Manual
  • Political News
    • The Hill (1995+)
    • Roll Call (1989+)
    • The Washington Post, Section A (1977+)
  • Hot Bills & Hot Topics
    • "presents organized links to bills and news articles related to issues of national importance. It features bills under consideration or recently enacted, along with news links grouped by topic area. LexisNexis editors update the site monthly."

Bills, Resolutions & Amendments

1973+ Online (93rd Congress+)
  • Search Bill Text
  • Search Bill Summary, Status
  • Search Multiple Congresses
  • Advanced Bill Summary & Status Search
    • Keyword
    • Sponsor/Co-Sponsor
    • Committee(s)
    • Stage in Legislative Process
    • Date of Introduction
    • Type of Legislation
    • Standard Subject Term
1989+ Online (101st Congress+)
1993+ Online (103rd Congress+)

Committee Reports and Documents

1789+ reports & documents are available in the U.S. Documents microfiche collections
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set microfiche (1789-1969)
  • CIS microfiche (1969+)
  • U.S. Documents Microfiche (97th Congress, 1981+)
    • Senate Treaty Documents, Y1.1/4:
  • U.S. Documents Microfiche (100th Congress, 1987+)
    • Senate Documents, Y1.1/3:
    • Senate Reports, Y1.1/5:
    • Senate Executive Documents, Y1.1/6:
    • House Documents, Y1.1/7:
    • House Reports, Y1.1/8:
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
    • U.S. Documents Y 1.1/2: (selective print volumes, 59th-104th Congress)
1995+ Online (104th Congress+)
Other Online (miscellaneous dates)
MBooks Online (Full Text) - The University of Michigan provides open access to some full text publications through links in their library catalog, but access to many of the items is restricted to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Michigan.

Committee Prints

NOTE: The UCF Library does not have the full text of any committee prints published prior to 1969.
1969+ U.S. Documents - CIS Microfiche
1997+ Online (105th Congress+)
Other Online (miscellaneous dates)
MBooks Online (Full Text) - The University of Michigan provides open access to some full text publications through links in their library catalog, but access to many of the items is restricted to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Michigan.

Committee Hearings

  • LexisNexis Congressional (23rd Congress, 1833+)
    • Almost all published hearings are available in the UCF Library on microfiche.
    • Some full-text published hearings are available in LexisNexis Congressional, with a few from 1988 being the earliest available online through the UCF Libraries' subscription.
  • CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index (23rd-64th Congress, 1833-1969)
    • Shelved next to the microfiche in the U.S. Documents Collection
  • CIS Index to Unpublished U.S. Senate Committee Hearings (18th-88th Congress, 1823-1964)
    • Shelved next to the microfiche in the U.S. Documents Collection
    • NOTE: The UCF Library does not have the full text of the unpublished hearings.
1833-1969 Published Hearings (23rd-91st Congress)
U.S. Documents Microfiche - CIS Pre-1970 Congressional Hearings
1969+ Published Hearings (91st Congress+)
U.S. Documents - CIS Microfiche
1995+ Online (104th Congress+)
Other Online (miscellaneous dates)
MBooks Online (Full Text) - The University of Michigan provides open access to some full text publications through links in their library catalog, but access to many of the items is restricted to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Michigan.

Congressional Debates

  • 1983+
  • 1789-1964 - U.S. Documents X 1.1:
  • 1965+ - Separate annual indexes
  • See also various online versions below.
Congressional Record (43rd Congress, 1873+)
1873-1995 - U.S. Documents X 1.1:
1985+ Online (99th Congress, vol. 131+)
1989+ Online (101st Congress, vol. 135+)
1994+ Online (105th Congress, vol. 140+)
1977+ on Microfiche (95th Congress+)
NOTE: The alphanumeric filing order causes these fiche to be arranged with the most recent fiche (1994+) in the drawers before the older fiche (1977-1994)
  • 1994+ - X1.1A.103/1:
  • 1977-1987 - U.S. Documents X95/1: through X99/2:
  • 1986-1994 - U.S. Documents X/A99/2: through X/A103/1:
Congressional Globe (23rd-42nd Congress, 1833-1873)
Microfilm J 11 .G5
Register of Debates (18th-25th Congress, 1824-1837)
Microfilm J 11 .D5
Annals of Congress (1st-18th Congress, 1789-1824)
Microfilm J 11 .A5

Laws and Statutes

See also Presidential Signing Statements.

provides step-by-step instructions for researching the history of a public law.
Major Acts of Congress (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
"examines landmark pieces of legislation, explaining the historical factors that led to the proposal of each act, looking at the adoption process and assessing each act's impact on American life."
United States Code
Online version (1994+)
Reference KF 62 .A2 A2 (2000+)
"the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles."
See also:
U.S. Code Annotated (USCA)
Reference KF 62 .U6
Top-pick U.S. Code Service (USCS)
Online version
Reference KF 62 1972 .L38
Statutes at Large (Stat.) and Public Laws (P.L.)
Online version (vol.1, 1789+)
1973+ Public Laws (vol. 87, 1973+)
1995+ Public & Private Laws (vol. 109, 1995+)
1789-1873 Online
U.S. Documents AE 2.111: (vol. 98, 1984+)
U.S. Documents GS 4.111: (vol. 35-97, 1907-1983)
U.S. Documents Microfiche AE 2.111: (vol. 1-79, 1789-1965)
"Every public and private law passed by Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date it was enacted into law. The laws are arranged by Public Law number and are cited by volume and page number. Also included in the United States Statutes at Large are concurrent resolutions, proclamations by the President, proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution, and reorganization plans. Until 1948, treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also published in the Statutes at Large."
U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News (USCCAN)
Reference KF 62 .A2 W4 (1966+)
  • The full text of each Public Law is provided, arranged sequentially by number.
  • UCF holdings begin with P.L. 89-350 (1966).
  • The first volumes in each year contain the actual text of the Public Laws.  The subsequent volumes in each year often contain the full text of one or two of the significant committee reports about each Public Law and sometimes include the text of the Signing Statement from the President.

CRS Reports - Congressional Research Service

"Reports for Congress, analyses or studies on specific issues of congressional legislative interest, are often prepared in response to numerous congressional inquiries. Reports may take many forms: policy analysis, economic studies, statistical reviews, legal analyses, historical studies, chronologies, and two-page fact sheets." (2006 Annual Report)

A CRS Report is not made available to the public unless a member of Congress releases it. The following resources provide access to released reports.

Top-pick CRS Reports (University of North Texas)
"aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990."
Top-pick Open CRS Network - CRS Reports for the People (Center for Democracy & Technology)
"provides citizens access to CRS Reports that are already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports."
provides a subject directory with abstracts of CRS Reports
Topical CRS Collections:
Bill proposed by Representative Christopher Shays (R-CT) in 2003
"To make available on the Internet, for purposes of access and retrieval by the public, certain information available through the Congressional Research Service web site."

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