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.