Searching in HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents Collection

Searching, Tips and Tricks, U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Sabo

HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Documents collection is a valuable resource which contains, among other titles, the full run of the Congressional Record official bound version, the Congressional Record Daily edition from 1980 to current, and a wealth of Congressional Hearings, CRS Reports, and Committee Prints. This post will cover searching using a specific citation, using the Daily to Bound Locator, finding a Congressional Hearing, and performing a general search in this collection.

Search Using a Specific Citation

Use the Citation Navigator tab to locate a document when you know the exact citation. For example, let's look for 153 Cong. Rec. 17923. From the collection homepage, choose the Citation Navigator tab and select the abbreviation for Congressional Record; enter the volume and page numbers in their appropriate fields:

This will direct you to the specific page in the Congressional Record.

Using the Daily to Bound Locator

If you have a citation from the Congressional Record Daily edition and want to find the same material in the official bound version, use the Congressional Record Daily to Bound Locator, found from both the collection homepage and from the Citation Navigator tab. For example, if you know the daily citation is 150 Cong. Rec. H1073, enter this information in the boxes provided and click Citation:

This will result in two links: the link to the Daily edition citation, and the link the the corresponding Bound version's citation:

Click the link for the bound version to view or cite the official material.

Searching for a Congressional Hearing

We have created a Congressional Hearing Quick Finder to make it easy to find hearings in HeinOnline. For example, if you are searching for the Senate hearing titled "Libya and War Powers" from the 112th Congress, and you know the hearing occurred before the Committee on Foreign Relations, select and enter the following:

Click search, and the search result will be the hearing you need:

General Searching in U.S. Congressional Documents

If you are searching for a floor debate but do not have a citation, you can also perform a text search for the material. For example, if you would like to read Strom Thurmond's infamous "Filibuster of 1957," which stalled debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1957 for a remarkable 24 hours and 18 minutes between August 28 and 29, 1957, you can perform a search like this:

This search string will produce these results, only one of which begins on August 28, 1957:

Clicking View Matching Text Pages will display where search terms occur on each page. Scrolling through the available pages will lead to page 16261, where the debate on this act is resumed:

Paging over only two pages will reveal where Mr. Thurmond begins his speech by reciting the voting laws of all 50 states, eventually setting the record for the longest filibuster in history:

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