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  • 1. GOVT 3325 – American Public Policy 9-2-04 Hillary Campbell Government Documents Librarian
  • 2. I need to find a bill…
    • Books in the catalog
    • CQ Almanac
    • Hot Bills and Topics in Congressional Universe
    • Browse Public Laws in GPO Access
    • U. S. Serial Set Subject Index
  • 3. I have the popular name of the bill…
    • Find the Public Law number using Shepard’s Acts & Cases by Popular Name
    • Find the Public Law number using Congressional Universe
    • Find the Public Law number using the Popular Name Index in U. S. Statutes at Large (Not always!)
  • 4. I have the bill number…
    • Find the Public Law number using Congressional Universe (1989 – present)
    • Find the Public Law number using U.S. Statutes at Large (Pre-1989)
  • 5. I have the PL #...now what?
    • Find the Full Text of the Law in Congressional Universe (1989 – Present)
    • Find the Full Text of the Law in GPO Access (1995 – Present)
    • Find the Full Text of the Law in U.S. Statutes at Large (Pre-1989 to the Present)
  • 6. I have the text of the law…now what?
    • Find the introduced version of the bill in Congressional Universe (1989-Present)
    • Find the introduced version of the bill in THOMAS (1989-Present)
    • Find the introduced version of the bill in GovDocs microfiche (1979-2000, search catalog by bill name)
    • Search the U.S. Serial Set or Congressional Record microfiche (Before 1970, MAYBE!)
  • 7. OK, I have the introduced version of the bill…now what?
    • Search Congressional Universe for House and Senate committee hearings (1989 – Present, some full-text, some microfiche)
    • Search the CIS Congressional Committee Hearings microfiche for House and Senate committee hearings (Pre-1970, print index)
    • Search CIS Microfiche for House and Senate committee hearings (1970 – Present, paper index)
  • 8. OK, I’ve found committee hearings, now what?
    • Search Congressional Universe for House and Senate Committee Reports (1980 – Present, some full-text, some microfiche)
    • Search CIS Microfiche for House and Senate committee reports (1970 – Present, paper index)
    • Search the U.S. Serial Set microfiche for House and Senate Committee Reports (Pre-1970, paper index)
  • 9. OK, I’ve found Committee Reports, now what?
    • Search Congressional Universe for Floor Debate and Amendment (1985 – Present)
    • Search Congressional Record via GPO Access for Floor Debate and Amendment (1994 – Present)
    • Search THOMAS for Congressional Record (1989 – Present)
    • Search Congressional Record microfiche for Floor Debate and Amendment (Pre-1985, indexed on microfiche)
  • 10. More on Debate and Amendment…
    • House Journal (1972 – 2000, print, GovDocs) (online via GPO Access from 1991 – Present), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
    • Senate Journal ((1972 – 2001, print, GovDocs), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
  • 11. OK, I’ve Found Floor Debates and Amendments, now what?
    • Search Congressional Record microfiche or online for the engrossed version of the bill
    • Search THOMAS or Congressional Universe for the engrossed version of the bill (1990 – Present)
    • Search House and Senate Journal for the engrossed version of the bill ((1972 – 2000, print, GovDocs), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
  • 12. OK, I’ve found the engrossed version of the bill, now what?
    • Search THOMAS for House and Senate votes (1990 – Present)
    • Search Congressional Record via GPO Access (1994 – Present)
    • Search Congressional Record microfiche (pre-1990)
    • Search House and Senate Journal for the House and Senate votes ((1972 – 2000, print, GovDocs), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
  • 13. OK, I’ve found House and Senate votes, now what?
    • Search Congressional Quarterly Almanac for the Presidential Veto or Signature (1962 – Present, paper copy in Reference)
    • Search CIS Presidential Vetoes microfiche for the Presidential Veto (Pre-1962, print index)
  • 14. Anything else?
    • Search Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents for other Presidential Statements (1965 – Present, Periodicals) (1995 – Present via EBSCOhost)
    • www.house.gov and www.senate.gov – Committee webpages, glossaries, historical info, directories
    • CQ Almanac
    • Other Documents (reports, studies, statistics) – Search the Catalog
    • Legislative Histories in U.S. Statutes at Large (Rarely)
    • Legislative Histories in CIS Legislative Histories (For some laws, between )
  • 15. Congressional Universe
    • Access through library webpage - http://www.utdallas.edu/library/
    • Documents can be printed or emailed
  • 16. Accessing Congressional Universe Remotely
    • Login with your Comet Card at:
    • http://libproxy.utdallas.edu/login
    • Search the library catalog or select a specific database
  • 17. Congressional Universe
    • Bill Text
    • Legislative Histories
    • Floor Debates
    • Committee Reports and Hearings
    • Coverage Chart
  • 18. Congressional Universe – Other Cool Stuff
    • Hot Bills
    • House / Senate Member Information
    • Inside Washington – journal articles covering current events in politics
  • 19. Reader’s Guide
    • Paper index of articles published in popular periodicals
    • Library has 1900- Present in paper copy
    • Paper Copy located in the library, Reference Aisle 1B
    • Arranged by subject
  • 20. Reading a Reader’s Guide Citation
    • Congressional Elections
    • Rampaging Republicans [Editorial] The
    • Nation v275 no18 p3-4
  • 21. How do I find the articles indexed in Reader’s Guide?
    • Search library catalog for the title of the journal in which the article is published
    • Make sure the library has coverage for the year the article was published
    • Microfilm, hard copy or electronic (link from catalog record)
    • Use InterLibrary Loan service if the library doesn’t own the journal
  • 22. Public Papers of the President
    • Official publication of United States Presidents’ public writings, addresses and remarks
    • Each volume contains papers and speeches of the President issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during a certain time period
    • In chronological order
  • 23. Public Papers of the President
    • Hoover
    • Truman
    • Eisenhower
    • Kennedy
    • Johnson
    • Nixon
    • Ford
    • Carter
    • Reagan
    • George Bush
    • Clinton
    • George W. Bush
  • 24. PAIS – What is it?
    • Database chronicling global public policy and social issues
    • Provides access to government publications and reports
    • Citation index only – no full text
  • 25. PAIS-How do I use it?
    • Enter through library webpage
    • Basic or Advanced Search
    • Limit by Year of Publication, Document Type, Government Publication and UTD holdings
  • 26. Political Science Abstracts – What is it?
    • Indexes professional journals, major news magazines and books devoted to North American politics and political analysis
    • Citation only – no full text
    • Results can be emailed, printed or saved
  • 27. Political Science Abstracts – How do I use it?
    • Enter through library webpage
    • Basic or Advanced Search
    • Limit by Year, Author, Source, and Institutional Affiliation of Author
    • Lots of cross-referencing
  • 28. Other Databases
    • America: History and Life
    • Social Sciences Citation Index
    • Sociological Abstract
    • Digital National Security Archive
    • *All available through library’s page of electronic databases*
  • 29. THOMAS – What is it?
    • A World Wide Web resource, hosted by the Library of Congress, that provides legislative information
    • Roll Call Votes
    • How a Bill Becomes a Law
    • http://thomas.loc.gov
  • 30. Final Research Tip
    • Don’t forget the Reference Librarians!
    • Mon-Thur: 9am – 10pm
    • Fri: 9am-8pm
    • Sat:10am-7pm
    • Sun:1pm-10pm
  • 31. More Ways to Get Help
    • Ask-A-Librarian – Email Reference Service: http:// www.utdallas.edu/library/howto /
    • forms/ erfform.html
    • Chat Reference – UT Systemwide:
    • http:// www.lib.utsystem.edu /students/
    • ask.html
    • Librarians on the Loose – x2919 for locations
  • 32. University of Texas at Dallas
    • An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University
    • P. O. Box 830643 Richardson, TX 75083-0643 972-883-2955
    • September 2, 2004