Research guides

Congressional Documents

House & Senate Documents

Congressional Documents include House Documents, Senate Documents, and Senate Treaty Documents, which provide the text of a submitted treaty. Like Committee Prints, House and Senate Documents may relate to a particular bill, but more often consist of studies and reports related to general research and activities of a committee. They may include Executive branch reports and papers, draft reports and bills, directories, statistical materials, investigative reports, historical reports, situational studies, confidential staff reports, hearings, compilations of laws, and legislative analyses.

Free Online Resources

Congressional Documents govinfo (GPO)
Coverage from 94th Congress (1975-1976) to current. Can Browse by Congressional Session and House or Senate. To search Congressional Documents, click the orange "Search" button, select "Advanced", then under "Refine by Collection" select "Congressional Documents". Search results can be further refined by using the side panel on the search results screen. For additional information and tips, see the About Congressional Documents page.

Member Databases

Congressional Documents
Available on HeinOnline. Select Congressional Documents from 94th Congress (1975-1976) - present. Material added regularly. Check for updates. Once in HeinOnline, select U.S. Congressional Documents > Congressional Documents.

House & Senate Documents
Available on ProQuest Congressional. Index coverage for House & Senate Documents from 1817-present, full-text (PDF) from 1817-1969 and 2004-present, and selected full-text (HTML) might be available from 1995-present.

        • To search by Sudoc or Accession Number (CIS number), select Search By Number then click the tab for "Bibliographic Citations." Enter the number and click Search.
        • To search by H.doc. or S.doc. number, select Search By Number, then click the tab for "Bibliographic Citations." Under "Publication Number," select the Type and Congress, then enter the number and click Search.
        • To search by title, select Advanced Search, then limit to only "House & Senate Documents" using the check boxes on the left side. Select either "All fields except full-text" or "All fields including full-text" from the drop-down menu above the search box, enter your search terms, and conduct a search for the title.
        • See the Using ProQuest Congressional page of this guide for more information.

Research Tip

HeinOnline's U.S. Federal History Library may include links to House & Senate Documents in its compiled legislative histories. See the Federal Legislative History guide for more information.

Onsite Lexis & Bloomberg Law

House and Senate Docs
Available on the library's Lexis computers. From the Content Type tab, select Statutes and Legislation > Federal > House and Senate Docs [located in the Legislative Histories section]. 104th Congress (1995-1996) to current.

House Documents
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From All Legal Content, select U.S. Legislative > U.S. Congress > U.S. House of Representatives > House Documents. 1995 to current.

Senate Documents
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. From All Legal Content, select U.S. Legislative > U.S. Congress > U.S. Senate > Senate Documents. 1995 to current.