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Spotlight on ProQuest Congressional

Posted by Library Blog on 10/07/2011 at 01:23 PM

 A great resource for research involving materials generated by Congress and the President is ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional).  House and Senate materials include bills, hearings, reports, and floor debates.  You can locate presidential statements that frequently accompany the signing of important bills into law.  The database also provides access to full-text reports from the Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress.  CRS reports offer in-depth, non-partisan policy and legal analysis of the hundreds of topics considered by Congress.  To round out the above materials, one can even search the newspapers that specialize in coverage of “the business of Congress,” such as The Hill, Roll Call, and section A of the Washington Post.

ProQuest Congressional is user-friendly with several options for searching materials.  For fun, conduct a basic search of Congressional Publications using “Roger Williams University” and select “All available dates.”   You will find some transcripts of hearings in which you can read the testimony of RWU School of Law professors who have testified before a Congressional committee!  Among them are Professors Louise Teitz, John Chung, Carl Bogus, and David Zlotnick.

For tips on using the database, use the ProQuest Congressional Quick Start Guide: Congressional Basic.  For help using ProQuest Congressional, do not hesitate to ask the Librarian staffing the Reference Desk, call 401-254-4547 or email LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu.