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Federal Legislative History

About ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional is the most comprehensive place for Jenkins members to research Congressional publications.

ProQuest Congressional is a membership database available to all Jenkins members.

Jenkins members have access to many congressional documents on ProQuest Congressional.

Full text documents may be in either PDF or HTML format. Full text may not be available for all documents. Full text documents may be available in other resources. See the other pages of this guide for more information.

Searching ProQuest Congressional

The search box on the ProQuest home page will conduct a Basic Search of the entire database. From the results list, apply filters using the boxes on the left to narrow the results. Check the "Search Within Results" box located to the right of the search bar to narrow results using additional keywords.

To search by citation, click Search by Number under the "Legislative & Executive Publications" drop-down menu. See different selections under the tabs for All citation searches, Legislation, Publication Search, Congressional Record, and Regulations. Enter the citation and search. From the results list, you may then filter by document type if necessary.

To search by title, click Advanced Search under the "Legislative & Executive Publications" drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the screen. Then select any preferred document types using the check boxes on the left side of the screen. Next, enter the title in the search box and select “Title” from the drop down menu. Limiting the search by date or Congress is available below the search boxes.

To search documents by keyword in Advanced Search, first select any preferred document types using the check boxes on the left side of the screen. If you select a document type such as Bills and Laws you will see additional search options. The drop-down menus next to the search boxes will default to search "Anywhere except full-text." Use the drop-down menu to select a different field if necessary.

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