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Topic: Federal Legislative History and Analysis — Locating a Prepared Legislative History

Tools and resources for researching the evolution of a law using the primary documents - the bill, committee reports, hearings, etc. - and secondary analysis of the legislation and federal policy.

Locating a prepared legislative history for a particular law

A prepared legislative history can save time by compiling the various documents, dates, and names connected with the fate of a particular bill introduced in Congress. Legislative histories can range from a sparse list of abbreviations on a page, or an online guide with links to the full text of all documents related to a bill. Below are some of the main sources for prepared legislative histories in the library. When a legislative history isn't available, the pages on Primary Documents provide tips on locating the various documents which might be connected with a bill.

Legislative Histories In Print in Homer Babbidge Library