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U.S. Government Documents: Congressional Record

Online resources

FDsys

Includes bills (full-text 1993 forward), history of bills, calendars, documents & reports (full-text 1995 forward), Congressional Record and its Index, public laws (full-text 1994 forward), the U.S. Code, Congressional Directory, and a history of line item veto notices.

Hein Online U. S. Congressional Documents (Princeton faculty, students and staff only)

Provides online access to the Annals of Congress (1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837) and Congressional Globe (1833-1873), and the Congressional Record (1973-current). In addition, the American State Papers and the Journals of the Continental Congress are available.

Proquest Congressional (Princeton faculty, students and staff only)

Includes the Congressional Record, bills and bill tracking (full-text 1989 forward), legislative histories, public laws (full-text 1988 forward), hearings (full-text 1824 forward), documents (full-text 1789 forward), reports (full-text 1789 forward), committee prints (selective full-text 1824 forward), biographical, financial and voting information for members of Congress.


Congressional Record

The United States Congressional Record and its predecessor titles comprise the published account of the debates, proceedings, and activities of the United States Congress. Since 1947 each day's Record also contains the Daily Digest, which recounts by chamber the day's activities, including the number of bills introduced, the floor actions taken that day, a summary of meetings held that day by committees and for what purpose, and a list of committee meetings scheduled for the next day and on what topics (at the end of each week a list of committee meetings scheduled for the following week, and their topics, is printed).

  • A Century of Lawmaking from the Library of Congress provides browseable access to the Annals of Congress, the Register of Debates, and the Congressional Globe.
  • Full text of the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe, and Congressional Record is searchable via U. S. Congressional Documents, Hein Online
  • Full text of the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe, and Congressional Record is also availabe and searchable via  Proquest Congressional.
  • Annals of Congress, 1st-18th Congress, 1st Session (1789-1824):  the print volumes are located in Recap (request retrieval from the Main Catalog).
  • Register of Debates, 18th Congress, 2nd Session 25th Congress (1824-1837):  the print volumes are located in Recap (request retrieval from the Main Catalog).
  • Congressional Globe, 23rd-42nd Congress (1833-1873):  the print volumes are located in Recap and in Annex A (request retrieval from the Main Catalog)
  • Congressional Record, 43rd Congress to present (1873- ):  in paper, unbound current issues located in U.S. Documents Collection shelved at X 1.1/A (A-13-H), bound volumes are located in Recap (request retrieval from the Main Catalog).
  • Congressional Record, 76th Congress, 3rd session (1940) v. 86, 78th-90th Congress, 1st session (1943-1967) v. 89-113, 93rd- 96th Congress, 1st session (1973-1979), v. 119-125:  on microfilm shelved at MICROFILM S00344, located in Microforms Service (C Floor, Firestone Library). Microfilm includes appendices.

Note: For detailed information about whether appendices are included in the print, microfilm, or online versions please see the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. webpage.

 

Depository Info

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PLEASE NOTE:  While the general public is welcome to use depository materials free of charge, many of our U.S. Government resources, including many of the resources listed in this research guide, are not depository materials and may only be used by Princeton University students, faculty, and staff.  This includes most of the electronic resources such as Proquest Congressional and Hein Online.

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