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HIS430 Research Paper Help: Legislative Research

Federal Lawmaking--Bills and Resolutions

Congressional Record

  • Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress (1789-2001)

  • Congressional actions regarding bills and resolutions (1973-present)
  • Full text of bill versions (1989-present)
  • Congressional Committee Reports (1995-present)
  • Congressional Research Service Reports (~2000-present)


  • Selected Hearings (1957-present)
  • Selected Reports (1995-present)
  • Selected Congressional Documents and Prints (1975-present)

House Document  Repository 

  • Bills to be considered by committee (2009-present)

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation

  • Records and Proceedings of Congress, 1774-1875

Federal Rules & Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations

  • Contains all Federal regulations currently in effect by subject (1996-present)

Library of Congress Law Library

  • Federal regulations (1938-1995)

Federal Register

  • Daily publication dealing with actions of the Executive Branch (1936-present)
  • Notices
  • Proposed Rules
  • Final Rules
  • Executive Orders by the President

Citing Government Documents

14.282: Laws and statutes 

14.270: Legal and public documents online  

14.283: Bills and resolutions 

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
     This is the style used by lawyer for legal citations.


U.S. Federal Statues

U.S. Code (1925-1988 with supplements)

U.S. Code (1994-present)

Statutes At Large
(Laws complied and printed at the end of each session of Congress, including public laws, private laws, Concurrent Resolutions, Presidential Proclamations)