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Government Information

Selected Sites for Federal, State, Foreign and International Levels of Government

United States Capitol Building for the United States Congress

Photograph of the United States Capitol Building

General Information


Public Laws, Bills, Congressional Hearings, Legislative Histories, CRS Reports
Includes a "Find Your Senator" tool and other features

Public Laws and research via Thomas,
begins at 93rd Congress, 1973- (full text documents)

Public Laws and research via GPO FDSys,
begins at 103rd Congress, 1993/94- (full text documents)

Public Laws, research via Proquest Congressional, formerly Lexis-Nexis. Index includes CIS (Congressional Information Service) documents and SuDocs publications (The Government Printing Office's Superintendent of Documents).  This includes committee hearings and committee reports.  The library's collection of CIS documents begins in 1970

U.S. Statutes at Large

U.S. Statutes at Large via GPO FDSys
Statutes at Large via American Memory at Library of Congress, 1789-1875
Statutes at Large via, 1789-2008

Congressional Record

Congressional Record via 1995-Present
Congressional Record via GPO FDSys 1932-1998

Congressional Record (Bound Edition) via GPO 1932-2001, 2005-2007

Congressional Record (Daily) via GPO FDSys 1994-Present
Congressional Record Index via GPO FDSys 1983-Present

Congressional Serial Set

Library of Congress U.S. Serial Set.  Useful free text scans.  Note that this is not yet complete.  For a complete serial set, please see the Idaho State Law Library.

U.S. Code

United States Code via GPO FDSys
United States Code via Cornell Law School

Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Databases

  • CQ Weekly - The CQ news team, the largest on Capitol Hill, has more than 100 reporters, editors and researchers and covers virtually every act of Congress, delivering nonpartisan news and analysis unavailable anywhere else.
  • CQ Almanac - The CQ Almanac offers original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session.
  • CQ Researcher - Editorial Reports published weekly in print and online 44 times a year by CQ Press

Idaho State Law Library

  • The Idaho State Law Library is located in Boise, Idaho at 322 E. Front Street, Ste. 560.
    • This library is a great source for Idaho leglislative research
    • They also have physical copies and a subscription to the digital edition of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, which is a treasure trove of United States historical research. 
    • The Idaho State Law Library, in conjunction with the University of Idaho Law School, has access to these databases.