Tip of the Week: How to Locate a House or Senate Report in HeinOnline

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Committee reports are considered to be one of the most important documents of legislative history research. These reports are produced by the House and Senate committees that address legislative and other policy issues, investigations, and internal committee matters. Each report can be identified by standardized citation that includes the Congress, chamber (House or Senate), and report number. Watch the quick tutorial below or continue reading to learn how to easily retrieve a House or Senate report in HeinOnline.

Where to Find a Committee Report

HeinOnline contains two collections that include House and Senate Reports. Let’s explore the various ways users can search for committee reports across HeinOnline.

From the Welcome Page

For this example, let’s search for House Report 330 of the 111th Congress. From the HeinOnline welcome page, enter 111-330 in the search bar and select the Just search for option.

"Just search for" full text search in HeinOnline

From the results page, select House Reports from the Section Type facet on the left-hand side.

All Databases Search Results in HeinOnline

The first three results include House Report 111-330.

From the U.S. Congressional Serial Set

The U.S. Congressional Serial Set includes a Citation Lookup Tool on the database homepage equipped with a series of drop-down options allowing users to enter the document type, Congress, and document number.

Lookup tools in HeinOnline's U.S. Congressional Serial Set

The search will bring users to the exact House report in the Serial Set.

Results from House Report citation search in HeinOnline's Serial Set

Click the hyperlinked title to view the report.

Screenshot of House Report in HeinOnline's Serial Set

From the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library

HeinOnline’s U.S. Federal Legislative History Library includes more than 2,500 compiled federal legislative histories which include the full text of the public law, bill versions, congressional hearings, committee reports, and other supporting documentation. To search within this database for a committee report, users would need to determine what public law the committee report is tied to. In this example, the House report we are looking for is linked to the legislative history for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

From the database homepage, users can browse by publication title, public law number, or popular name. Let’s browse by Popular Name and navigate to P using the A-Z Index.

Screenshot of U.S. Federal Legislative History Library browse option

Next find the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act listed alphabetically. Select the title to view a list of available legislative histories.

Screenshot highlighting Affordable Care Act legislative history

Let’s open Health Care Reform: A Legislative History of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law No. 111-148 (2010). Select Cumulative Contents to view the tagging and indexing for each volume.

Affordable Care Act Legislative History Cumulative Contents

Browse through the content to find House Report 111-330, or use the CTRL + F keys to search for 111-330.

Screenshot of pages within Affordable Care Act Legislative History

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