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This guide covers government publications produced in the federal legislative process of the United States, from the proposal of a bill to the enactment of a public law. These documents include bills, hearings, prints, reports, Congressional proceedings, and public laws.
For Assistance with U.S. Government Documents
Van Pelt Library
University of Pennsylvania
Major Sites for Legislative Documents
ProQuest Legislative Insight
Legislative Insight 1789-2012 covers over 27,000 laws, including all CIS histories from 1970-2012 (many with updated research and indexing) and approximately 18,000 new histories from 1789-1969. New laws from 2013-forward are added on an ongoing basis.
U.S. legislative publications and government information. Much of the material is fulltext. Includes pending bills, laws, legislative histories, committee reports and documents, Congressional hearings and select committee prints, and biographical data about members of Congress.
Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. Covers 1973-present. See Content and coverage
Service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. Provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Content includes bills from 1993 to the present, House and Senate Documents and Reports from 104th Congress (1995-96) forward.
U.S. Congressional Library from Hein Online
Content includes bound and daily versions of Congressional Record, its three predecessor titles, and other important congressional material