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U.S. Laws, Regulations, and the Courts

A Guide to Finding Information About Legislation

  GovInfo     

Library of Congress 

Congress.gov ProQuest     HeinOnline 
 Bills 1993-        

1799-1873 

1951-

1799-1873 with gaps 

1776-  
 Committee Prints       1989-; 1975-1976    

1789-

 indexing

1865- 

with gaps

 Committee Reports

1995-

1925-1926

1821-1864 with gaps 

1833-1917 1995-

1789-

 indexing 

1817-

with gaps

 Congressional Record

  & predecessors)

1994-   1903- 1789- 1789-
 Congressional Record Index 1983-        
 Congressional Documents

1985-

scattered

1817-1866

1833-1917  

1789-

 indexing

1817-

with gaps

 Congressional Hearings 1955-     1824-2003*

1849- 

with gaps

 Private Laws 1995-   1973- 1776-  
 Public Laws 1995-   1973- 1776-  
 U.S. Statutes at Large 1951- 1789-1875   1789- 1789-
 U.S. Code 1994-       1925-
 Voting Records     1989- 1987-  

* Plus citations/abstracts and selected testimony transcripts 2004-current.

Thanks to library staff at the University of California San Diego for their help with this aid.  Theirs (indicating their subscriptions) is here: https://ucsd.libguides.com/usgov/legislative 

Databases for Information About Laws & the Legislative Process

Federal Regulations

The Courts

U.S. Congressional Serial Set

What is the Congressional Serial Set?

From govinfo.gov:

"The Serial Set is comprised of the numbered Senate and House Documents and Senate and House Reports, bound by session of Congress. The contents of the Serial Set have varied throughout the publication’s history, and at times have included House and Senate Journals, and the reports of executive departments and agencies."

Even experts agree that coverage is confusing.  There's overlap with what is covered in the table on the left but it is hard to predict.

 

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