What is a Compiled Legislative History? / Search Strategies for Finding Compiled Legislative Histories
Sometimes the legislative history documents for a major piece of legislation have already been collected in one place and are called a "compiled legislative history."
- Compiled Legislative Histories may be published as individual books. Search the catalog (box to the right) to find books in the USD Law Library and other libraries for books containing the legislative history documents for a specific federal Act. For legislation enacted before the coverage in online resources, a search for print materials in the library is the best method of finding full-text, compiled legislative histories.
- Thie indexes, or "bibliographies," of Compiled Legislative Histories (box to the right) will direct you to books, government documents and articles that contain citations to and discussions of the legislative history for a specific federal Act. These bibliographies also are useful for finding legislative histories for legislation enacted before the coverage in online services.
- Law review or journal articles also discuss the legislative history of specific federal Acts. Use the Index to Legal Periodicals (box below), HeinOnline, WestlawNext and LexisAdvance to find articles.
- United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.)(far right column). For legislation enacted from 1941 to the present, USSCAN provides a good method of finding the full text of a committee report and citations to other legislative documents.
- Congressional Information Service (CIS) Annual (far right column). 1970-2004. For public laws, each CIS legislative history contains a list of relevant legislative history documents. For each document, CIS sets out a SUDoc number used to locate it in print and a CIS number to locate it in microfiche.
- For each public law within their coverage, the online sources (far right column) provide citations to legislative documents and also may provide the full text of the documents.
Search the USD Law Library Catalog or Other Libraries for Compiled Legislative Histories
Books in the USD Law Library containing Bibliographies or Indexes of Compiled Legislative Histories
Print and Microfiche Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories
Compiled Legislative Histories Online
Congress.gov (free): In the Search box, select All Legislation (1973 to present). Search by public law number (e.g. 112-139), "Popular Name" of an Act, or bill number ("hr5" or s7). In the next screen, choose the relevant Law. Under the LAW box, click on the hyperlinked bill number for the Bill Summary.
HeinOnline (law library database): Scroll to U.S. Federal Legislative History Library: Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories (see box in the middle column); United States Federal Legislative History Title Collection.
Lexis Advance (log in required): Source - Federal Legislative Bill Histories from 110th Congress (2009) to present.
WestlawNext (log in required):
- Home>Statutes & Court Rules>Federal>United States Code Annotated>(right column) USCA Popular Name Table>click on hyperlinked Public Law Number> Tab: "Legislative History Materials"
- Home>Legislative History>United States Code Congressional & Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.)
- Home>Legislative History>(right column) Arnold & Porter Legislative Histories. Selected legislative histories.
- Home>Legislative History>U.S. GAO Federal Legislative Histories (1921-1985)