Daily Archives: Thursday 8 August 2013

Great Resources: HeinOnline – U.S. Congressional Documents

heinonline-logoThis twenty-ninth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline’s database called “U.S. Congressional Documents” is a valuable tool for any congressional related research, whether historical or contemporary.  It contains volumes going back to the early journals and notes of the Continental Congress as far back as 1774, as well access to current congressional records of the House and Senate, which are updated daily.  There are options allowing a user to browse within different subsections, such as debates of Congress, Congressional hearings, rules and precedents, and others.  The official documents are generally arranged chronologically or alphabetically, and the database also offers various searching options.  Some of the historically significant materials are particularly interesting to read, for example the notes from July 4, 1776, or from the early 1860’s.  Some of the more current documents may provide a user with valuable tools and insight into recently enacted laws or proposals.  The database is comprehensive, and provides access to documents spanning our country’s history and all the way through today.

To access the U.S. Congressional Documents, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Pentagon Papers, Treaties and Agreements Library, and Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of Canada.