Legislative History Research Resources

Legislative history research got you down? Here are some great resources to help you navigate the waters.

Research Guides:


CALI lessons:



ProQuest has several upcoming webinars for thier Congressional Digital Suite and Legislative Insight (webinars are free, but you must register):

These webinars aim to help you:

1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process both:

a. Procedurally – How did the language read as first proposed, what committees considered the proposal, when were amendments made and where was the proposal when it was amended;
b. As an adversarial process – who was lobbying in support of the proposal and what were they trying to accomplish, who was active in opposition what were their objections, who was responsible for amendments to the proposal;2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue;3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred – this provides a mechanism to narrow the scope of your search for explanations for why the language was changed;4. Learn how to identify both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent.

2 Responses to “Legislative History Research Resources”

  1. lipich said:

    Sep 14, 11 at 1:53 pm

    The Department of Justice recently digitized several legislative histories and added them to their web site:

  2. Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog» Blog Archive » One For the History Buffs said:

    Oct 19, 11 at 10:52 am

    [...] for more history? See our previous blog entry on legislative history resources, and be sure to check out the Law Library’s fabulous research guides [...]

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