Selected Resources for: Legislative Resources, U.S.

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Subject Librarian:

Amy Springer

aspringe@umn.edu

This subject covers: Congress, laws, and elections. See also Political Science (general aspects) and Politics, United States on the previous page.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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Use this index for broad coverage of social science issues worldwide. Includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters.


Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

Congressional Publications provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:

  • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
  • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
  • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
  • CRS Reports 1916-Present
  • Hearings 1824-Present
  • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
  • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
  • Serial Set 1789-Present
  • Executive Branch Document 1789-1932


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.


General Reference Sources

Dictionaries

Congress Dictionary

A dictionary that defines the current and historical phrases used by Congress.


Directories

The Congressional Directory contains standard directory information on the current Congress, plus session dates for each house since 1789, statistics on Congress, lists of Governors, a list of the Presidents and which Congresses met during their administrations and much more.

Congressional Yellow Book

Complete directory of Congress and related organizations, including key staff, Home Page and e-mail, and pictures.


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Magazine Titles

Useful for tracking federal legislation. Also known as CQ Weekly Report. After 1998, this publication is known as CQ Weekly. The online version contains the full-text of articles since 1983.


Primary Source Materials

Government Documents

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

The official publication for Presidential Documents and Executive Orders as well as Notices, Rules and Proposed Rules from federal agencies and organizations.

GPO Access provides official and free full-text access to a wide variety of congressional publications ranging from the History of Bills to the Congressional Directory. Dates of coverage vary, but generally start in the early to mid-1990s. Indexing of the Congressional Record goes back to the early 1980s.

This web site maintained by the Library of Congress contains the full-text of U.S. Public Laws, bill texts, committee reports and other legislative information from the 101st Congress (1989) to the present and citations to the same from the 93rd Congress (1973) through the 101st.

Codification of the general and permanent laws of the U.S.

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.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Research Guides

This guide describes the steps in the legislative process, the official publications that result from it, where they are located, and good sources for analysis of the legislation.


Style Manuals

Web site prepared by the Government Publications Department of the University of Memphis and based upon the Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Writers & Librarians. Locations for the book are below.


Library Information

Government Publications Library

Basement Level, Wilson Library
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus

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