Thursday, April 07, 2016

Congressional Resources in the Moritz Law Library

Are you eager to find more information about the legislative process and the inside workings of Congress after attending this month’s Congressional Conversations with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)? Or maybe your current research involves legislative history or bill tracking? If so, you may find it helpful to check out some of the Congressional Resources available through the Moritz Law Library.

ProQuest Congressional is the go-to source for federal legislative history research, including in its databases the full text of bills and laws going back to 1789, hearings, debates, reports, and compiled legislative histories. The CQ Electronic Library brings together a number of different resources on Congress and American government, covering everything from current bill statuses and roll-call votes to historical election and voting data.

Congressional information can also be found on federal government websites, although these sites are generally limited to legislative information from the past 20 years. The official source for federal legislative information is Congress.gov, which includes bills, legislative history, committee information, and member profiles. The U.S. Government Publishing Office provides access to authenticated government documents from all three branches through its FDSys site as well as its new beta site, govinfo.

Finally, GovTrack.us, an open government project, is a helpful online tool for tracking bills and other legislative activity and has made its database of legislative information available as a bulk download or through an API.