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Congressional Research: Overview

Guide to locating print and online materials from the United States Congress.



Rutgers Libraries' government publications collections make available a wealth of Congressional materials, many of which are also 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.

Two major digital collections greatly expand access for remote users. Congressional reports, documents, and journals are complete through 1980 in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set [Rutgers Restricted] digital edition; and highly informative Congressional hearings, recent Serial Set materials, legislative histories, and other resources are digitally accessible in the ProQuest Congressional Publications [Rutgers Restricted] collection. The American State Papers [Rutgers Restricted] are also available. Increasingly, especially since the 103rd Congress (1993), Congressional resources are available online via FDsys, through the site, or through individual Congressional committee, or alternative sites. Care must be taken, however, in using non-governmental sites which may provide only selected pieces of a desired document.

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Stephanie Bartz
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