Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Congressional Bills, 1789-2013

UW users now have access to an incredible resource: the ProQuest Digital U.S. Bills and Resolutions, 1789-2013. This is big news for researchers. If you want to compare different versions of bills to see how language changed, or if you are compiling your own legislative history, this collection of full-text PDFs is key.

Unlike some other new digital products, this is not just a new format, replacing microform or print. This is new content. Until  now, bills from 1922-1978 were not available in any format on campus!

To find or search bills, navigate to ProQuest Congressional, either through the Law Library homepage (under Selected Databases) or the UW Libraries Federal Government libguide. To find a particular bill, use the Search by Number feature. To find bills by keyword, go to Advanced Search and limit to Bills & Laws.

Note that ProQuest Congressional is UW Restricted. Off-campus UW students, faculty, and staff will be prompted for a UW NetID when needed.

Need a refresher on the legislative process, particularly bills and resolutions? The Library of Congress explains it here and in this video.

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