Rutgers Libraries' Government Publications collections make available a wealth of Congressional materials, many of which are now available digitally and which date back to the Annals of Congress for 1789. Others are in paper, in microfilm, microfiche, or microprint, located mostly at the Alexander Library. Format is often dependent on how the government distributed material at a given time, or on the format in which materials have been available for purchase. This guide is an effort to simplify your search for materials by indicating formats and locations at the Alexander Library. For other libraries, inquire at that library; federal materials are fully recorded in the Library Catalog only since August 2002.
The acquisition of two major digital collections greatly expands access for our remote users. Congressional reports, documents, and journals are complete through 1980 in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set digital edition done by Readex; and highly informative Congressional hearings, recent Serial Set materials, legislative histories, and other resources are now digitally accessible in the ProQuest Congressional Publications collection. Both sets are available through the Libraries' home page (www.libraries.rutgers.edu) under Find/ Articles/ Indexes & Databases. The American State Papers are also available there, as well as through C19: The Nineteenth Century collection. Increasingly, especially since the 103rd Congress (1993), Congressional resources are available online via FDsys, through THOMAS, the new beta.congress.gov site, or through individual Congressional committee, or alternative sites. Care must be taken, however, in using non-governmental sites, since organization or commercial sites may provide only selected pieces of a desired document.
This guide is divided as follows:
- Congressional Procedure
- Proceedings of Congress
- House and Senate Bills
- Serial Set materials:
- House and Senate Committee Prints
- House and Senate Committee Hearings
- Journals of the Congress
- Congressional Research Reports
- Indexes and Other Guides for Locating Congressional Material