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Legislative Research: Federal Resources

Locate Books or Published Compilations of Legislative Histories

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  • legislative history
  • legislative histories
  • [your topic] AND legislation
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  • [Subject] Law and Legislation (Example: Air pollution Law and Legislation)

Print Indexes & Publications

Reference and legal resources

These sources provide legislative history listings and citations to help you locate the full-text of legislative history publications.

Federal Legislative Histories: An Annotated Bibliography and Index to Officially Published Sources

  • Ref KF 42 .2 1994 (1st Floor)

CIS Annual Index: Legislative Histories (1970 -1998)

  • Docs Ref KF 49.C62 (1st Floor)

U.S. Statutes at Large (Legislative history printed on the last page of each public law)

  • Docs Ref KF 50 .A3

Calendars of the House of Representatives and History of Legislation (Monday issues and Final issues for each Congress)

  • Docs Ref Y 1.2

Definition of Legislative History

A legislative history consists of the citations and the texts of documents or publications that provide the intent, purpose, and background for a legislative bill, resolution or law (statute).

How to Locate a Legislative History Online

These sources provide legislative history listings and citations to help you locate the full-texts of legislative history publications. Listings and citations link to the full-texts when available.