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Researching Congressional Documents and Federal Legislative History Using ProQuest: ProQuest Congressional

This guide explains how to access Congressional publications and research federal legislative history using the ProQuest Congressional and ProQuest Legislative Insight databases.

About ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional provides electronic access to Congressional documents and activity, including bills and laws, Committee reports, debates and floor statements, transcripts of testimony from Committee hearings, and other important publications. These documents are critical to understanding the intent and context behind the laws that Congress passes.

To access ProQuest Congressional, select an option below. Login is required for both options.

Through Coleman Karesh Law Library

Through University Libraries

ProQuest Congressional Main Screen

ProQuest Congressional provides an array of search options to find Congressional documents. Some of these options include:

  • Using search terms to retrieve Congressional documents through the Basic or Advanced Search forms

  • Retrieving Congressional documents by document number through the Search By Number form

  • Searching for Congressional debates through the Congressional Record Only and Daily Congressional Record & Rules forms

  • Finding the text of bills or laws through the Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws form

  • Getting detailed information about Congressional committees and bills sponsored by Members of Congress through the Members & Committees form