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  • Format: Abstract and Index, Full Text
  • Media: Electronic/Online
  • Coverage Dates: Basic subscription covers 1789 - present
  • Sources Covered: Full-text of congressional publications, finding aids, a bill tracking service, and the full text of public laws and other research materials
  • COUNTER compliant: Yes
  • OpenURL Enabled: Yes


Congressional Basic is a no-frills collection of content that includes abstracts and indexing for all Congressional publications: Hearings, Committee Prints, Reports and Documents

  • Legislative histories (1969-present) include the enacted bill, related Bills, links to the Congressional Record, Hearings, Senate/House Reports, Committee Prints, and descriptors
  • Bill tracking reports (1989-present) are updated daily when Congress is in session, and follow a bill’s movement through the legislative process
  • Also includes the daily Congressional Record, the U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Rules of Congress, and political news sources
  • Statutes at Large is available as an optional module
  • For more detailed content information, see the Congressional Basic pages at
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Basic subscription and optional digital modules

ProQuest Congressional offers a basic subscription and optional digital modules to enable institutions to craft a congressional database that meets their specific needs in terms of both price and content. No other site anywhere offers customers the opportunity to purchase access to a comprehensive collection of congressional content.

Ideal for researching U.S. social, political, and economic history

Each type of congressional publication provides a unique window to the entire range of U.S. social, political, and economic history. Examine testimony, debate, research reports, and legislative history to gain a complete picture. Taken together, congressional publications present a unique documentary history of the U.S. from 1789 to the present.

Primary source content facilitating critical thinking

Congressional information covering the entire sweep of U.S. history is an ideal source to facilitate critical thinking and writing. Assess the conflicts and compromise inherent in the Congressional system to form opinions on approaches to change and the development of public policy.

Comparison, trends, and patterns

Compare witness opinions, language and rhetoric, and legislation over time. Understand the changing role of the fFederal government throughout the entire history of the U.S. Access statistical data. Analyze patterns of argumentation and reasoning.

Primary source content from a single, authoritative venue

Both the basic subscription and the optional digital modules provide primary source content offering multiple viewpoints from within a single, authoritative setting—the U.S. Congress.

The past informs the present

Congressional content is uniquely suited to help both novice and sophisticated researchers understand the present and prepare for the future by learning the lessons of the past.

Primary source content preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world

Understand emerging changes in defense, security, the environment, the economy, health, and all other factors that come together to shape our society.

A database for all disciplines

“There is, in fact, no subject to which a Member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.” Thomas Jefferson

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