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Congress / Legislative Branch

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. COMPREHENSIVE GUIDES
  3. DIRECTORIES
  4. INDEXES
  5. CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT AGENCIES
  6. HOUSE and SENATE
  7. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE (CRS) REPORTS
  8. TREATIES
  9. OTHER SITES

Introduction
Article I, Section 1 , of the United States Constitution, provides that:

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

See also: Guides to Congress

The chief function of Congress is the making of laws. In addition, the Senate has the function of advising and consenting to treaties and to certain nominations by the President.

Comprehensive Guides

Directories
Indexes
  • Lexis/Nexis Congressional UC Access Only
    Indexing and abstracting of congressional publications dating back to 1789. LexisNexisT Congressional has written submitted testimony for almost all congressional hearings from 1993 forward. There are transcripts of discussion sessions from selected hearings. Coverage from 1988 to 1993 is less comprehensive. Additional resources include:
  • Readex U.S. Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition (1817-1980) UC Access Only
    Full-text index and reproduction of the United States Congressional Serial Set, which consists of the full text and full image Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. As of March 2005: 15th Congress - 37th Congress, 1st Session, 1817 - 1861. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2008. For the most current information on the Congresses and periods covered, check the help after you have entered the database.
  • Congressional Materials via GPO Access
    This is not a comprehensive electronic collection, depends on the committee.
  • CQ Weekly via Congressional Quarterly (1983 to present) UCB Access Only
    Pre-eminent resource for nonpartisan information about US government and congressional affairs and subjects of concern. This online version also provides access to some articles prior to when they appear in the print version of CQ Weekly. Historical copies:
    • GREF: JK1 .C15 Latest Five Years
    • MAIN: JK1 .C15 v.1(1945)-3(1947), 12:28(July 1954)-v.13(1955), 14(1956)-54(1996)
    • News/Micro: MICROPRINT 6(1948)-13(1955)
  • National Journal Group's Policy Central UCB Access Only
    A comprehensive resource on politics and policy for the academic community. Included are National Journal Group's publications and databases including:
  • PAIS International (1972-present) UC Access Only
    Indexes books, journals, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide.
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