Consult the following databases and websites to find completed, full-text legislative histories online. There are also print legislative histories available in our collection, such as Seidman's Legislative History of Federal Income Tax Laws. Try searching the library catalog to locate one on a specific law or topic.
These resources list compiled legislative histories but do not provide full-text access. In other words, they tell a researcher if someone else has already completed a legislative history on a specific law. If one of these resources lists a relevant compiled legislative history, please contact a librarian for help finding a copy.
Congress.gov, the official website for federal legislative information, and govinfo.gov, created by the United States Government Publishing Office, provide helpful legislative information. Use the links below to find out how to best use these services and to understand their limitations.
If there is no available compiled federal legislative history for the relevant law, a researcher may need to compile their own. Use the Learn About Federal Legislative Histories box on the left for assistance. Elements of legislative history can be found in print, on microfiche, and online. Some of the most useful resources are listed below.
The following federal legislative materials are available in print in the law library:
The following federal legislative materials are available on microfiche in the law library:
The following resources are available online.