U.S. Collection Guide Search Tools
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports - CRS reports provide Congress with both anticipatory and on-demand research and analysis to support their legislative, oversight, and representational duties. All reports adhere to the core values of CRS; they are authoritative, objective and nonpartisan. Reports range in length from several pages to more than one-hundred pages and cover the full breadth of topics of interest to Congress. Currently, only the last year of reports is available freely through this website. See ProQuest Congressional below for full coverage of CRS reports.
  • CQ Press - CQ Press is a publisher of research about the American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. CQ Researcher includes reports on current affairs, social policy and other controversies back to 1923. CQ Almanac has analysis on the major legislation and actions of congress for each year since 1945. CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly) provides in-depth reporting on public policy, politics, congressional legislation, and elections extending back to 1983. Other content includes Voting and Elections Collection and Politics in America.
  • Digital National Security Archive - From the award-winning, nongovernmental National Security Archive, this resource consists of expertly curated, and meticulously indexed, declassified government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present. Each collection is assembled by foreign policy experts and features chronologies, glossaries, bibliographies, and scholarly overviews to provide unparalleled access to the defining international issues of our time.
  • FDsys - provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government with coverage generally from early 1990s to the present. Being replaced by govinfo.gov.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports - As the United States' principal historical record of political open source intelligence for more than half a century, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report is an indispensable source for insights into decades of turbulent world history. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories.
  • Google Patent Search - includes over 87 million patent publications from 17 patent offices around the world, as well as many more technical documents and books indexed in Google Scholar and Google Books.
  • govinfo.gov - provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.with coverage generally from the early 1990s to the present.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library - digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions. Includes many historical government documents in the public domain.
  • HeinOnline - database of state and federal legal materials, but also includes access to Federal Register, Congressional documents, Presidential documents, treaties, Code of Federal Regulations, Supreme Court documents, and more.
  • Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports - Established in 1957, the JPRS Reports are English translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world. The emphasis is on the communist and third-world countries of this period. The JPRS Reports also contain a wealth of hard-to-find scientific, technical, and social science materials, translated from many languages.

    These reports are also available on microfiche in the Government Publications department in Wilson Library. See (US Microfiche) (Mfiche PrEx 7.22/5: )

  • Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publication (1895-1976) - January 1895 - June 1976, updated monthly. Issued by the Superintendent of Documents for the Government Printing Office, catalogs all publications of the United States government, including those of the Congress and all executive departments (with the exception of administrative and confidential or restricted documents). The government prints thousands of documents each year, and many of these are sent to depository libraries.

  • [ProQuest] Congressional Publications & Executive Documents - full-text access to more than 5,000 Congressional committee prints published from 2004 to present and more than 23,000 Congressional Research Service reports published from 2004-present. The bibliographic records provide controlled-vocabulary indexing, including citations for bills, public laws, and Statutes at Large, and analytical abstracts of the documents. Also includes links to political parties and organizations, news sources, etc. See Overview/Help for useful information on the legislative process.
  • [ProQuest] Legislative Insight - federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full-text publications relevant to enacted United States public laws.
  • [ProQuest] Supreme Court Insight - Complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per decision, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document by document basis. This collection covers content through the 2016/2017 term.
  • Congress.gov - provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.
  • Territorial Papers of the United States, 1764-1953 - Includes documents from the formative territorial years. More than half of America’s states began as territories. From the 1760s to the 1950s the United States of America expanded southward and westward, acquiring territories that spanned from Florida to California to Alaska. Before they evolved into twenty-seven American states, these territories were managed by the U.S. State and Interior departments. Includes a collection of Native American negotiations and treaties, official correspondence with the federal government, military records, judicial proceedings, population data, financial statistics, land records, and more.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set - Digital Edition - A rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history, from the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of the US Senate and House of Representatives. Additional congresses are added each month. (coverage of 1817-1980; see ProQuest Congressional for full coverage)
  • voxgov - Finds publications, press releases, and social media activity of U.S. government agencies and legislative units including legislators, department chiefs, and other branches in the federal government. Social media includes Twitter feeds, YouTube videos and other output by government entities. Congressional documents such as hearings are also available. See this tutorial on Finding Congressional Service Reports in Voxgov.