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FDsys  Federal Digital System (FDsys)

FDsys provides public access to Government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies and preserved as technology changes. FDsys is the official archive for full text government documents. Collections are searchable, or browseable.  New collections are being added constantly. Browse collections.

Also try:

  •  FirstGov - Official government search engine.
  •  Catalog of Government Publications - GPO's official catalog. Documents are cataloged from 1976 onward. For older documents, see the print version of this database, the Monthly Catalog (1893-1995) GP 3. 6.

THOMAS from the Library of Congress provides

Bills, Resolutions - Full text search for the current Congress.

  • Bill Summary & Status - 93rd (1973) through current Congress
  • The full text of bills can be searched across multiple Congresses - 101st (1989) through current Congress
  • Public Laws by number - 93rd (1973) through current Congress
    • House Roll Call Votes - 101st Congress, 2nd session (1990) through current Congress
    • Senate Roll Call Votes - 101st Congress, 1st session through current Congress (1989 - present)
  • Activity in Congress
  • Congressional Record
  • Schedules, Calendars
  • Committee Information
    • full text 104th (1995) through current Congress
  • Presidential Nominations

Information provided about Presidential Nominations includes the Presidential Nomination number, the date the nomination was received the committee to which it has been referred, legislative actions, and the nominee(s) - from the 100th Congress (1987) through current Congress.

  • Treaties

Information provided about Treaties includes treaty number, the date the treaty was transmitted, short title, formal title, treaty type, legislative actions and index terms - 90th (1967) through current Congress. Complete coverage begins with the 94th Congress. Older treaties are included if they were pending in 1975 when the database was created,

Guide to Law Online

this gateway site from the Library of Congress links to " full texts of laws, regulations, and court decisions, along with commentary from lawyers writing primarily for other lawyers. Materials related to law and government that were written by or for lay persons also have been included, as have government sites that provide even quite general information about themselves or their agencies." This excellent source covers:  -  

  • International and multinational law
  • U.S. Federal law
  • State law
  • Law for U.S. Territories

Proquest Congressional - Drew only

Access LexisNexis Congressional from Resources by Title.
LexisNexis Congressional home page provide the following options:

Congressional Publications:

  • Committee Prints (1970 onward)
  • Hearings (1970 onward)
  • House and Senate Documents (1970 onward)
  • House and Senate Reports (1970 onward)
  • Legislative Histories (1969 onward - abstracts)

Members and Committees (101st Congress onward)
Regulations (1981 onward)

  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Federal Register

Congressional Record (99th Congress onward)
Political Bills and Hot Topics

For a detailed look at how U.S. Congress votes:




Archival collections online

  • 19th Century American Literary, Historical, and Cultural Studies - Sponsored by the American Studies program of Washington State University, this site has an extensive collection of primary sources from the late 18th century to early 20th on a variety of topics. Many of these sources are government documents.
  • A Century of Lawmaking For A New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1875 - The American Memory Project from the Library of Congress
    • American State Papers 1789-1838
    • Debates
    • Annals of Congress 1789-1824)
    • Register of Debates 1824-1837
    • Congressional Globe 1833-73
    • Congressional Record 1873-1875
    • Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-89
    • Constitutional Convention
    • Journals of House and of the Senate 1789-1875
    • Annals of Congress 1789-1824 - debates of Congress
    • Senate Executive Journal 1789-1875
    • Maclay's Journal
    • Bills and Resolutions - 6th Congress (1799) House of Representatives; 16th Congress (1819) Senate (selected documents)
    • Statutes at Large 1789-1875
    • Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789
    • Letters of Delegates to Congress 1774-1789
    • Elliot's Debates 1787-1788
    • Farrand's Records 1787

Also consider using large, recommended directories:

Drew's Archival Government Documents Collection.

For an overview of Drew's Government Documents collection see U.S.Government Documents Publications. (Government Documents print/CD-ROM collection located on A-level/ Microfiche collection located on C-level).

  Archival collections include:

  • Indexes to the Serial Set:
    • CIS U.S. Serial Set Index (1789-1969) US DOCS REF 328.73 C749c
    • CIS Annual (1970-2000) US DOCS REF 328.7303 C749c
    • CIS Index Annual (2001-2004) US DOCS REF 328.7303 C749c
    • Checklist of United States public documents 1789-1909, congressional: to close of Sixtieth Congress; departmental: to end of calendar year 1909 - GP 3.2:c 41/2
    • Tables of and annotated index to the Congressional series of United States public documents - GP 3.2:P 96 (A-level)
  • Indexes to Government Documents
    • Cumulative Index of Congressional Committee Hearings (1935-1980) -  Y 1.3: H 35/2/
    • Monthly Catalog (1893-1995) GP 3. 6: for 1994 onward online see the Catalog of Government Publications. 
    • Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog (1900-1971) - US DOCS REF 015.73 U.S. subject index 
    • Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents 1789-1976 - US DOCS REF 015.73 L642c
    • A descriptive catalogue of the government publications of the United States, September 5, 1774-March 4, 1881- US DOCS REF 015.73 P823d
    • Comprehensive index to the publications of the United States government, 1881-1893 - US DOCS REF I 15.2: In2
    • Guide to U.S. government publications - US DOCS REF 015.73 G946g

Additional Resources

Beth Patterson ext. 3480. Reference Department, Drew Library.