For the first time in 12 years, the majority in Congress has switched from Republican to Democrat. There are many resources to help you identify the change in policy directions or keep current on Congressional Activities.
For current developments in Congress:
Thomas : this free website maintained by the Library of Congress contains bills, resolutions, congressional record schedules, calendars, committee information, treaties and more.
C-Span: this free website is created by the public access channel on cable television that broadcasts all of the activities of Congress. This site provides video clips of notable activities, roll calls, congressional schedule, and programming schedules.
CQ Weekly: current and past issues of this magazine from Congressional Quarterly are available online and in print. Check the Minerva record for information about accessing online.
LexisNexis Congressional: UA Libraries pay for a subscription to this database which provides significant legislative documentation on the current activities of congress, such as the congressional record, legislative histories, and a “Political News/ Hot Topics��? section. Access this resource through the Library’s Database Finder.
For past Congressional activity:
CQ Weekly: Online access for this resource dates back to 1983, and print access is from 1998-2005 (Dewey JK 1 C15). Check the Minerva record for information about accessing online.
LexisNexis Congressional: Online access to Congressional materials in this database dates back to 1969. Access this resource through the Library’s Database Finder
CQ Almanac: This annual compendium of key votes, texts, and activities of Congress is available at the Dewey Library (Call number: JK 1 C66) Recent issues are in the Reference section and older volumes are in the regular collection, but do not circulate.
For a concise history of Congress:
Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to Congress has sections on Congressional origins and development, powers, procedures, pay, qualifications and conduct. This item is print only (Dewey Reference JK 1021 C565).
If you need help with your research relating to Congress or other legal/political/policy issues, contact Dick Irving for an appointment.