Incredible Increase in U.S. Federal Legislative History Library Content!

Content News, U.S. Federal Legislative History, What's New
Shannon Furtak

In April 2014, we blogged about U.S. federal legislative histories in HeinOnline. At the time, we had a combined total of just over 1,000 compiled legislative histories in the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library and select a-la-carte collections. Since then, we have added 1,138 compiled legislative histories to this collection, more than doubling the number of available titles in less than a year and a half! The U.S. Federal Legislative History Library now contains 2,072 titles and more than 4.9 million pages.

Select a-la-carte HeinOnline collections also include legislative histories:

Compiled legislative histories are used by federal agencies, attorneys, and courts to interpret a law; they can help determine legislative intent behind a law or portion of a law. Documents contained inside these compiled legislative histories include House reports, Senate reports, hearings, bills, and more.

In addition to this incredible collection of documents, the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library also contains Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories in database form! This valuable resource makes it easy to find materials related to major U.S. federal laws. Each public law available in this database includes the public law number, U.S. Statutes at Large citation, and a list of relevant books, articles and compiled legislative histories in its entry. To access the  Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories database, simply click this browse option from the collection homepage:

To find out what material is available on a particular public law, find the appropriate Congress in the Browse by Congress option:

For example, to find out what is available for public law number 104-39, the Digital Performance Right In Sound Recordings Act, scroll to the 104th Congress, and find 104-39. Click the title of the public law:

All available materials that pertain to this public law will be displayed, and items that can be found in HeinOnline will be hyperlinked. Note the compiled legislative histories in the red boxes, and law review articles in blue boxes:

Legislative histories can also be browsed by publication title, public law number, and popular name from the collection homepage:

We would like to thank Covington & Burling and Arnold & Porter for their generous contributions to this collection. We will continue to add material to the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library: between September 2015 and January 2016, 324 new titles (1.1 million pages!) will be added.

If you have questions about how to use this collection, or about searching and using HeinOnline in general, please contact our dedicated HeinOnline support team at (800) 277-6995, via e-mail, or chat with us!