Monday, September 29, 2014

ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collections

The United States Congress holds separate “meetings or sessions of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest." (source).  The transcripts from these meetings are open to the public, but the ability to compressively search the thousands of documents produced by the US Congress is not easily come by.

Fortunately for UNC Charlotte Students and Faculty, Atkins Library subscribes to ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection which provides full-text indexing and access to congressional publications, public laws and other research materials.   The database also provides finding aids including a bill tracking system and committee and member information.  In addition to the most current documents available to the public, the database provides access to a historical archive from 1824-2003.

The US Congress studies a wide range of topics, so this database is an effective source for a wide range of topics.  

Take a look, and see if the ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection can assist you in your research!

Related Disciplines: Political Science, History, Social Sciences, and more!

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