Research Tools for Incoming 109th Congress Now Available On Line
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In preparation for the 109th Congress, we've collected some links to help you get to know the new members and keep up on new legislation. Many of these resources can also be used to research legislative history.
The New Member Pictorial Directory for the 109th Congress is available online here. Use this directory to get basic information about a new member such as their date of birth, full name, hometown, education and past political career.
The official 109th Congressional Directory, when printed, will be available online here.
The House Clerk provides unofficial lists of members of the 109th Congress, their contact information and committee assignments.
Thomas is still the best place to find the text of bills, resolutions, acts and all things Congressional. The Library of Congress debuted a new look for Thomas on January 4, 2005.
To use the Lexis page once you are logged into Lexis, click the "Practice Area" pages link in the upper right corner of your screen and then select Legislative Histories from the "Area of Law" list.
To use Westlaw's page, you'll need to add the Legislative History tab. Once you're signed into Westlaw, click the "My Westlaw" link at the top of the screen, check "Legislative History-Fed" under the Jurisdiction-Federal section. Click the "Next" button at the bottom of the page and then click save. A "Legislative History - Fed" tab should now appear at the top of your screen.
Legislative History Guides
Need help compiling a legislative history? This guide, by D.C. law librarians, provides a step-by-step guide and checklist of sources. The first place to start when compiling a state legislative history is this handy list of legislative history online research guides for all fifty states.