ProQuest Congressional Help

ProQuest Congressional indexes current and many older government documents that are held in the Libraries in print, microfilm, microfiche, or online. Below is a quick guide to locating materials. You can always check with the Reference Desk or Law Reference desks for in-depth assistance.

What's included in ProQuest Congressional

The Libraries subscribe to Congressional Base and Historical Indexes portions of ProQuest Congressional.

Committee InformationCoverageUpdated
Committee Rosters and General InformationCurrent CongressAs available
Committee Schedules2010 to currentDaily
Congressional Publications: Committee HearingsCoverageUpdated
Published Hearings Indexing1833 to 1969Archive
Published Hearings Abstracts and Indexing1970 to currentMonthly
Selected Testimony Transcripts and Submitted Statements1988 to currentDaily when Congress is in session
Unpublished Hearings, House, Indexing1833 to 1978Quadrennially
Unpublished Hearings, Senate, Indexing1824 to 1984Quadrennially
Congressional Publications: Committee PrintsCoverageUpdated
Committee Prints Indexing1830 to 1969Archive
Committee Prints Abstracts and Indexing1970 to currentMonthly
Committee Prints Selected Full Text1993 to 2004Archive
Congressional Publications: Committee ReportsCoverageUpdated
Committee Reports Indexing1789-1969Archive
Committee Reports Abstracts and Indexing1970 to currentWeekly
Committee Reports Full Text1990 to current (limited coverage for 1990)Daily when Congress is in session
Congressional Publications: Congressional RecordCoverageUpdated
Congressional Record Daily Edition1985-currentDaily when Congress is in session
Congressional Publications: House and Senate DocumentsCoverageUpdated
House and Senate Documents Indexing1789-1969Archive
House and Senate Documents Abstracts and Indexing1970 to currentMonthly
House and Senate Documents Full Text1995-currentWeekly
Senate Executive Documents and Reports not included in the Serial Set1817-1969Archive
Serial Set Indexing1789-1969Archive
Congressional Publications: OtherCoverageUpdated
Congressional RulescurrentAs available
Federal Register1980 to currentDaily
GAO Reports Abstracts and Indexing, with links to PDFs2004 to currentMonthly
Members of CongressCoverageUpdated
Campaign Contributions from Individuals and PACs1987 to currentQuarterly during even-numbered years; semiannually during odd-numbered years
Campaign Financial Data1989 to currentQuarterly during even-numbered years; semiannually during odd-numbered years
Key Votes in Congress1987 to currentAs available
Member Financial Disclosures1991 to currentAnnually
Member InformationCurrentAs available
Profiling of Congressional MembershipCurrentAs available
Voting Records in Congress1988 to currentDaily when Congress is in session
Laws and BillsCoverageUpdated
Bill Text1989 to currentDaily when Congress is in session
Bill Tracking (includes CRS Bill Digest)1989 to currentDaily when Congress is in session
Public Laws1988 to currentWithin two weeks after a law is passed (most available within 24 to 48 hours)
U.S. CodeCurrentSeveral times per month
Legislative Histories, Complete, All Public Laws1999 to currentMonthly
Legislative Histories, Complete, Major Public Laws Only1984-1998Archive
Legislative Histories, Abbreviated, All Public Laws1969-1983Archive
News SourcesCoverageUpdated
Roll Call1989 to currentMonday and Thursday while Congress is in session (Monday only when in recess)
Washington Post, Section A News1987 to currentDaily
CQ Political News Transcripts1995 to currentDaily
RegulationsCoverageUpdated
Code of Federal Regulations1981 to currentWeekly
Federal Register1980 to currentDaily

ProQuest Congressional indexes many older government documents that are held in the Libraries in print, microfilm, microfiche, or online. Below is a quick guide to locating materials. You can always check with the Reference Desk or Law Reference desks for in-depth assistance.

Congressional Hearings

  • 1985 - [present]: Senate, House, and Joint Hearings from the 99th Congress forward are published online at GPO's web site.
  • 1976 - [present]: Selected hearings are received as depository items in Mullins Library. Check the online catalog under committee name or keywords in hearing title.
  • 1970 - [present]: Law Library has a complete collection of published hearings on microfiche from CIS (Congressional Information Service). These are not always listed in the online catalog; use the CIS number on the ProQuest Congressional record to locate.
  • Prior to 1970: Many hearings are also available in Mullins Library in print or microform. Ask at Reference for assistance in locating these older hearings, which are not always listed in the online catalog.
  • If the hearings are not available in here at the University Libraries, they can often be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan. The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has U.S. Congressional Hearings, 1869-1950. (Greenwood Press), a set of 15,808 fiche covering all House, Senate, Joint, and Special Committees. Be sure to include a complete citation as well as the set title for U.S. Congressional Hearings, 1869-1950, in your request.
  • Many hearings are also freely available at the HathiTrust Digital Library.
  • Committee Prints

    • 1995 - [present]: Committee prints from the 104th Congress forward are published online at GPO's web site.
    • 1976 - [present]: Selected prints are received as depository items in Mullins Library. Check the online catalog under committee name or keywords in print title.
    • 1970 - [present]: Law Library has a complete collection of published prints on microfiche from CIS (Congressional Information Service). These are not always listed in the online catalog; use the CIS number on the Lexis Nexis record to locate.
    • Prior to 1970: Many prints are also available in Mullins Library in print or microform. Ask at Reference for assistance in locating these older prints, which are not always listed in the online catalog.
    • A commercial microfiche collection, CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Prints on Microfiche, collects all available prints from 1911 - 1969. These may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan; be sure to include the CIS Number in your request.
    • Some prints are also freely available at the HathiTrust Digital Library.

    Congressional Reports and Serial Set

    • 1995 - [present]: House Documents, Senate Documents, and Senate Treaty Documents from the 104th Congress forward are published online at GPO's web site.
    • 1976 - [present]: Selected reports are received as depository items in Mullins Library. Check the online catalog under committee name or keywords in document title.
    • 1970 - [present]: Law Library has a complete collection of published documents on microfiche from CIS (Congressional Information Service). These are not always listed in the online catalog; use the CIS number on the Lexis Nexis record to locate.
    • Prior to 1970: Many reports are also available in Mullins Library in print or microform. Ask at Reference for assistance in locating these older reports, which are not always listed in the online catalog.

    Congressional reports are also included in the Serial Set, the collected documents produced by Congress. The online version of the Serial Set covers up 1980. Serial Set bound volumes can be obtained from Government Documents; the Law Library has a few years on microfiche. To request a bound volume, you will need the Serial Set volume number, which can be found in the ProQuest Congressional record:

    ProQuest Congressional Serial Set Volume Number.

    Bills and Resolutions

    • 1993 - [present]: House and Senate Bills (H.R. and S.R.) , House and Senate Joint Resolutions (H.J. Res. and S.J. Res.), House and Senate Concurrent Resolutions (H. Con. Res. and S. Con. Res.) and House and Senate Simple Resolutions (H. Res. and S. Res.) from the 103rd Congress forward are published online at GPO's web site.
    • 1989 - [present]: Lexis Nexis Congressional provides the full-text of bills from 1989 to the present.
    • 1979 - 2005: From the 96th - 106th Congresses, House and Senate bills and resolutions were distributed to depository libraries on microfiche. These can can found in both Government Documents and Law.
    • Prior to 1979: Commercial microfiche collections of House and Senate Bills and Resolutions are available via Interlibrary Loan from the Center for Research Libraries.
    • Some bills are also freely available at the HathiTrust Digital Library.

    Where can I find a CIS number?

    The CIS (Congressional Information Service) number is given for most items indexed in ProQuest Congressional. Use this number to locate items on microfiche at Law or to request materials on Interlibrary Loan.

    ProQuest Congressional Record wiht CIS Number highlighted

    Not finding your document? You can always check with the Reference Desk or Law Reference desks for in-depth assistance.

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