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New database: Congressional Record

The USF Libraries have recently acquired LexisNexis’ Congressional Record.

Congressional Universe gives users access to indexed current and archived issues of the Congressional Record as well as content from predecessor publications. The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress and contains an account of the various dialogues and debates conducted upon of the floors of the House and Senate. Coverage extends from 1985 to the present and is updated daily when Congress is in session.

Content from earlier issues of the Congressional Record ranging from 1873 to 1997 is released periodically as it is made available by the publisher. Content from predecessor publications such as the Congressional Globe (1833-1873), Register of Debates (1824-1837) and the Annals of Congress (1789-1824) is also being released periodically by the publisher in an ongoing process of preparing printed materials for electronic access.

Other content in the Congressional Record includes: a record of votes, committee reports and a digest of daily floor actions. The digest describes activities such as: the number of bills introduced, the floor actions taken that day, and a summary of committee meetings activities including their agendas and schedules. Content search options include: keyword, subject, full-text, Member of Congress, Bills, Laws, Resolutions and Roll Call Votes. Search results are displayed in full text format.

For these resources and other library databases, visit Click on “Electronic Resources” or “Search the Databases” to begin.

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