Legislative Research: Federal Resources
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Print Indexes & Publications
Reference and legal resourcesThese 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.