UCB Libraries


Drop-in: What the Bleep Does Congress Do?

Selected Electronic Resources
  • Subject Guide: Congress
  • LexisNexis Congressional CU
    Full-text service that provides access to congressional bills and bill status, legislative histories, hearings, Congressional Record, congressional reports and documents, Congressional Research Service reports, committee prints, biographical, financial and voting record information, laws, proposed and existing regulations, searchable full-text journals, and other information.
  • FDsys
    GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. The information provided on this site is the official, published version. Includes full-text Congressional materials, including committee reports, documents, prints, hearings, and the Congressional Record (debates) generally back to the 104th Congress (1995-96). Also includes public and private, as well as the U.S. Code.
  • Thomas
    Thomas, which debuted in 1995, was mandated by the 104th Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Find full-text of bills from the 101st Congress (1989)-present, bill summaries and status from the 93rd Congress (1973) –present, public laws (summaries and status from 93rd Congress, full-text from 101st Congress), House and Senate roll-call votes from 101st Congress-present, current floor activity, full-text Congressional Record from 101st Congress-present, Committee reports from the 104th Congress (1995)-present, Presidential nominations from 100th Congress (1987)-present and treaty information from 90th Congress (1967)-present.
    • House of Representatives Use the Committee link to find full-text hearing testimony from 104th Congress-present. This may include an actual web cast.
    • Senate The Senate also has full-text committee hearings available on Committee web sites. Unique to the Senate: Nominations, Treaties, Lobbying Disclosure.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPAN is a private, non-profit company, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service. Its mission is to provide public access to the political process. C-SPAN receives no government funding; operations are funded by fees paid by cable and satellite affiliates who carry C-SPAN programming. C-SPAN offers gavel to gavel coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives. C-SPAN2 offers gavel to gavel coverage of the U.S. Senate.
  • CQ Electronic Library CU
    Created by CQ Press, this is a comprehensive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. Includes full-text documents and analytical pieces. Includes
    • CQ Researcher Unbiased analysis of current issues such as health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. It includes an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
    • CQ Weekly This weekly report on Congress contains reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete wrap up the previous week's news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes. Archived back to 1983.
    • Congress and the Nation This series provides comprehensive coverage of Congressional action from 1945 to 2004. It contains authoritative coverage of the events, trends, and controversies in the U.S. Congress and the presidency through in-depth reviews and analysis of legislation and policy during each Congressional session and presidential term—organized by policy area. The online version allows searching of content from all eleven volumes with a linkable cumulative index. CQ Almanac (GovPubs Ref JK 1 .C66) is an annual session overview and analysis by topic; provides vote studies; includes index.
    • CQ Politics in America Provides comprehensive, nonpartisan commentary and data about members of Congress. Detailed member profiles provide concise insight and candid analysis of personalities, political styles, legislative agendas, political ambitions, and reputations at home and on the Hill.
    • CQ Vital Statistics On American Politics Statistical tables from 1789-2006 (coverage varies) covering elections; political parties; the military; campaign finance; public opinion; the media; the executive, legislative, and judicial branches; social and economic policy; and domestic and foreign policy.
  • Almanac of American Politics Basic reference work on the American political system. Includes summaries of states, congressional districts, congressional redistricting, biographies of elected officials (President, Vice-President, Governors, Senators, and Congressional Representatives), election results, campaign finance, basic demographic data, and other information.

Historical Congressional Materials (Full-Text Online)
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817- CU
    The “Serial Set" is comprised of the numbered Senate and House documents and reports that are issued in volumes by session of Congress. Senate Executive Documents and Executive Reports are also included in the Serial Set, beginning with the 96th Congress (1979). In 1981 (97th Congress), Senate Executive Documents became Senate Treaty Documents. This full-text electronic version is available through 1967 and coverage is expanded every month. For earlier Congressional materials use American State Papers.
  • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
    Part of the Library of Congress’ American Memory project, this collection includes browsable, searchable versions of official documents from early Congresses. The House and Senate Journals, Senate Executive Journal, Annals of Congress, Statutes at Large and Maclay's Journal are now online. In addition, the collection contains materials from the Continental Congress, including Journals of the Continental Congress, Elliot's Debates, and Farrand's Records. Also includes American State Papers and selected reports and documents from the U.S. Serial Set, 1833-1917.

Other Helpful Resources
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