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Helpful resources to locate U.S. Government information.
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Popular Resources for Congressional Documents

    Official site for U.S. federal legislative information, including pending legislation, Congressional committee materials, the Congressional Record, and members of Congress. Includes content formerly available via THOMAS.
  • FDSys (Federal Digital System)  Icon
    Official source for authenticated PDF copies of documents from all three branches of the Federal government, including the United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Congressional committee documents, economic indicators, and more.
  • ProQuest Congressional Publications  Icon
    Database of current and historical Congressional information and documents, including committee prints, House and Senate reports, hearings, and legislative histories.
  • United States Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980  Icon
    Full-text database of key publications of the United States Congress.

Other Helpful Resources

  • Congressional Timeline
    The Congressional Timeline, developed and maintained by The Dirksen Congressional Center, arrays more than 900 of the nation's laws on a timeline beginning with the first Congress in 1789 and continuing to Jan. 3, 2013. A second timeline "band" depicts major political events as context for Congress's law-making.
  • Government Accountability Office
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
  • Legislative Source Book
    A compendium of resources for tracking, analysing, and compiling U.S. federal legislative information. Published by the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
  • Library of Congress
    Supports the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.
  • Records from
    Browse and search chamber, committee, and more records from Congress.
  • Roll Call
    The premier source of timely news, objective facts and analysis, and coverage of elections and the politics of legislation.
  • Open Secrets
    A thorough resource for identifying and analysing federal campaign contributions. Published by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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