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Federal Legislative History

Compiling a federal legislative history is the process of following a bill through its life in Congress and analyzing the documents which are created during that process.

The major components of a legislative history are:

n some cases, legislative histories have already been compiled. Check the sources listed in the box to the left to determine if a legislative history is available.

If you don't find a previously compiled legislative history, you may search for the individual components in the resources linked to the left. You must have a public law number, a stat number, a popular name, or a bill number to begin.

Compiled Legislative Histories

ProQuest Congressional 1969+

Hein Online 1909+

Thomas (Library of Congress) 1973+

Dept. of Justice 1946-1996

CIS Index: Legislative Histories 1984+
W.E.B. Du Bois KF 49 C62

CIS Annual 1970-1983
W.E.B. Du Bois Ref KF 40 C56 1981

United States Code Congressional and Administrative News 1941+
W.E.B. Du Bois KF 48 U5

Federal Legislative Histories: An Annotated Bibliography and Index to Officially Published Sources
W.E.B. Du Bois KF 42.2

    Hein Online