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General Congressional Resources

CQ Weekly Restricted Resource
Online; 1983-present. News magazine providing extensive coverage of Congress.
For a different search interface, try CQ Press Library
National Journal
Print Location: Current Periodicals
Magazine and Web site focused on politics and policy. Current issues are on the first floor of Burling in the "Current Awareness" area (next to the windows on the northwest side of the first floor); issues more than 14 days old are available in Academic Search Premier.
Hill, The
A congressional newspaper that publishes daily when Congress is in session, with a special focus on business and lobbying, political campaigns and goings on on Capitol Hill.
Roll Call Restricted Resource
Online; 1989-present. Newspaper covering Congress.
Sunlight Foundation Tools
Links to a number of online tools created by the Sunlight Foundation to expose data about political spending, influence, and more.
House.gov
The official Web site of the House of Representatives. Contains links to individual representatives' Web pages, lists of committee members, representatives' financial disclosure reports, and much more.
Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives
Official information on members and committees.
United States Senate
Official information on senators and Senate committees.

Resources on Elections, Members and Constituencies

Almanac of American Politics
Print Location: JK 1012 .A44
Current edition on 2-hour reserve in Burling; older editions back to 1972 on the second floor.
CQ's Politics in America
Print Location: JK1012 .C63
Current edition on 2-hour reserve in Burling; older editions back to 2000 on the second floor.
OpenSecrets.org Resource contains quantitative data
Data on campaign finance, lobbying expenditures, 527 groups, and the personal finances of politicians. A project of the Center for Responsive Politics.
Project Vote Smart
Find all of the candidates who are running in national and local elections, check voting records for incumbents, find speeches, and examine campaign financing.
My Congressional District
This site, which is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, contains demographic data about the population of Congressional districts. This data is a selection of the demographic data available from the American Community Survey (ACS); additional ACS data can be found in American Factfinder.
Social Explorer Restricted Resource Resource contains quantitative data
Provides access to current and historical census data and demographic information, allowing users to create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. Limited to U.S. data; available datasets include the Census (1790-present), American Community Survey (2005-2011), Religious Congregations & Membership Study (1980-2010), and Carbon Emissions Data (2002).
American Factfinder Resource contains quantitative data
For additional data on the demographics of Congressional districts, go to "Advanced Search," select "Geographies" from the sidebar, then find the Congressional district or districts you want. Then search or browse for the data that interests you.
Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
Maps of U.S. presidential election returns, 1789-present.
CQ Voting and Elections Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains quantitative data
A collection of research tools about voting in America, past and present, produced by CQ Press. Covers political parties, campaigns and elections, and demographic information about voters.
Guide to U.S. Elections
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize JK1967 .G85x 2005

Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Data
Searchable database with campaign finance information for candidates in U.S. federal elections from 1999 to the present.

Resources on Internal Congressional Deliberations

CQ Almanac
Print Location: JK 1 .C66
Current edition in Burling reference; previous editions back to 1960 on the second floor. Each edition contains a detailed summary of one year's activity in Congress, including narrative histories of important bills and complete data on roll call votes.
Congress.gov
1973-present. Official government source for information on bills considered by the U.S. Congress. Provides overviews of legislation, profiles of members of Congress, committee information and reports, and educational materials on the legislative process. Also offers the Congressional Record from 1995 to the present.
ProQuest Congressional Restricted Resource
1789-present. Provides access to the CIS Index, a comprehensive index/abstract to Congressional publications, plus the full text of some hearings, reports, and other Congressional documents, including the full text of the Congressional Record. Also contains an extensive collection of Executive Branch documents.
Congressional Hearings on FDSys
Look here for hearings that aren't available through LexisNexis Congressional.

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FDsys
Fully searchable content management system and repository for official Federal Government publications, providing free online access to the documents of all three branches of the U.S. government.
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FirstSearch Restricted Resource
1976-present. Indexes all types of U.S. government documents, such as reports, hearings, debates, and records, from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set Restricted Resource
1817-1994. Online access to the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with numerous images and statistical tables. Print version, approximately 13,800 bound volumes, available upon request.
Congressional Bills Project
1947 to the most recently concluded session of Congress. Downloadable data files with information about bills introduced into Congress, formatted for quantitative analysis.
Policy Agendas Project Resource contains quantitative data
1940s-present. Coded datasets of policy changes based on Congressional hearings, Congressional roll call votes, executive orders, State of the Union addresses, and more.
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