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Legal Research: Legislation

Foundational Documents

U.S. Statutes at Large

KF50 .U5  (1st Floor)
1937 to present

Text of laws as passed by Congress & signed by the presidents

Congressional Record

Now included in the Congressional Publications database.

Verbatim record of debates & actions in Congress

Legislative Histories

‚ÄčOr Search the Library Catalog for books on important acts:


  • Use an asterisk * to find varied word endings:  
    •  histor* finds history, histories, historian(s), historical, etc.
  • Use quotation marks to keep phrases together:
    • "civil rights" "legislative histor*"
  • To find E-Books & online documents, add "electronic resource" to your search:
    • "Title IX" "electronic resource"

Congressional Documents Online

About Congress

CQ Almanac

Ref JK1 .C749  (1st Floor)
1945 to present

Overview of Congressional actions & documents year-by-year.