Using ProQuest Congressional Topic Pages


Many federal legislative topics change and evolve through years of legislative debate and action. Understanding how the topic has developed over the years can help researchers navigate its current landscape. ProQuest Congressional has pulled together "Topic Pages" to help researchers interested in the historical framework of recent topics and legislation. These encompass a wide range of subjects, including environmental issues like "Air Pollution" and "Forestry Management", worker-focused issues like "Career and Technical Education" and "Migrant and Guest Worker Programs", technology concerns like "Digital Privacy" and "Net Neutrality", and many more.

Each topic begins with a brief overview, followed by five categories: Background Reports, Viewpoints, In the News, Useful Information, and Featured Events. Background Reports typically include CRS Reports and GAO Reports that provide background, research, and analysis on the topic. Viewpoints present perspectives on the topic as found in Congressional Hearings. In the News includes a featured article on the topic, and clicking "View More" will conduct a news search on that topic. Useful Information includes different document types, like laws, presidential materials, and agency materials, related to the topic. And Featured Events provides a summary of selected events related to the topic.

Users can find a selection of popular topics on the ProQuest Congressional homepage. Clicking on "Topic Pages" will take you to the full list of topics available:

For more information about ProQuest Congressional Topic Pages, check out their LibGuide.

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