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Federal Government : Congressional/Legislative

Key Resources




  • Check Scholar OneSearch, the Library's online catalog for Congressional and legislative branch documents.
  • Proquest Congressional (current NU affiliates)  Contemporary and historical. Use Proquest Congressional to locate a broad range of Congressional publications, including hearings, reports, documents, and Committee prints. We provide access to all published hearings from 1824 to present (1824-2003 generously funded by the Office of the Provost; 2004 to present, courtesy of the School of Law Library).
  • Try GovInfo for full-text access to essential federal publications, including the Congressional Record, House and Senate calendars, bills, public and private laws, and full-text hearings,  reports, documents, and Committee prints from the past several Congresses.
  • provides access to bills, resolutions, treaties, Presidential nominations, Congressional reports, and other materials.
  • HeinOnline (courtesy of the Law Library) is a rich repository of both contemporary and historical Congressional materials.

Congressional Publications

The Library provides access to both contemporary and historical collections of Congressional materials.

Historical Congressional Publications - Hearings, Documents, and Reports

Legislative Drafting Materials

Congressional Links


United States Senate and United States House of Representatives  These pages contain a wealth of links and are well worth exploration. 

Notable links include:


Congressional Research Service (CRS)

The Congressional Research Service prepares a number of thoroughly researched studies of issues and programs for members of Congress.  These materials aren't routinely made available to the public and must be sought through a variety of intermediaries, including the following:

Other Legislative Branch Resources

In addition to Congress, the legislative branch includes a number of other important agencies.  Please see the separate section on CRS, the Congressonal Research Service.

Historical Congressional Publications - Daily Proceedings