Incredible Growth of the U.S. Congressional Documents

U.S. Congressional Documents
Shannon Furtak

In June 2007, HeinOnline released the U.S. Congressional Documents collection, which featured comprehensive coverage of the Congressional Record and its predecessors: the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates in Congress, and the Congressional Globe. Check out the original brochure:

Since then, the collection has grown exponentially. In January of 2012, it contained 127 titles, 12,572 volumes, and 4,657,026 pages. Today, U.S. Congressional Documents has 66,547 titles, 83,437 volumes, and more than 18 million pages!

Shortly after its release and at the request of a customer, a Congressional Record Daily to Bound Locator was developed, allowing users to quickly locate pages from the Congressional Record Daily in the more official bound version. Check out this blog post from November 2007 which describes the tool.

The Daily to Bound Locator is found at the top of the collection homepage:

The tool enables users to retrieve both versions of the Congressional Record by date, enter a citation from one version to locate the other version's corresponding page, and browse a month and year:

In January 2012, coverage of the Congressional Record Daily was expanded back to 1980. Later that year, Congressional Hearings were added. Today, the Congressional Hearings subcollection contains nearly 50,000 hearings dating back to the 50th Congress, with hundreds more being added each month. This subcollection also features a Quick Finder tool, which enables users to search for hearings by Congress, Chamber, Committee, and text:

The U.S. Congressional Documents collection has also grown to include publications from the Congressional Budget Office, a federal agency which provides budget and economic information to Congress and publishes impartial, independent analyses on financial issues. In 2014, CRS Reports were added, and this subcollection now contains nearly 16,000 titles, some dating back to the early to mid-1900s. Published by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, these reports provide detailed analyses of research on various national policy issues. Later that same year Committee Prints, which are issued by various Congressional committees and pertain to legislative or research activities, were added. Currently, there are more than 4,000 of these prints available in HeinOnline, dating back to the 1930s.

Hundreds of hearings and committee prints and thousands of CRS reports will continue to be added monthly, with an ultimate goal of comprehensive coverage.

Access any subcollection by choosing it from the browse options on the collection homepage:

Search the HeinOnline help page and blog for information pertaining to U.S. Congressional Documents. View this collection's brochure for more information. For help searching or navigating in HeinOnline, contact our support team at (800) 277-6995, email us, or chat with us!


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