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CQ Almanac Online trial: Looking for a comprehensive view of legislation?

by Merrill Stein

On trial until October 1. CQ Almanac Online, providing annual, comprehensive coverage and analysis of U.S. Congressional legislation, is now available for trial within the CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Electronic Library at the Online Editions section.

From the Library homepage, select Databases A-Z and locate the CQ family of resources.

Coverage is complete from 1945, the 79th Congress, 1st session, to 2008, 110th Congress, 2nd session. Updates are annual and currently planned for October, 2010. Volumes can be searched using keywords or concepts across all years, Congresses and sessions, in a table of contents format by year, Congress and session, by pre-arranged topics within years or by decade.

View tables, graphs, and charts that help explain the issues.  Results can be sorted in ascending or descending order.

CQ Almanac is a companion to CQ Weekly and pairs the vital, newsworthy coverage found in CQ Weekly with the Almanac’s analytical summaries.

The unique CQ Almanac Online’s Policy Tracker feature allows users to follow vital legislative coverage over years and decades.  Policy Tracker is based on CQ Researcher’s Issue Tracker feature.  CQ Almanac Online additionally provides a Series Appendix which includes tables, charts and articles about floor votes, excerpted presidential messages, interest group ratings, public laws by year and Congress and floor voting participation tables, key vote tables and overviews.

Articles also contain the CiteNow! feature allowing patrons to automatically generate appropriate citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and Bluebook styles. Citations can be exported to RefWorks and EndNote.

CQ Almanac Online is a good resource to accompany the popular CQ Press Voting and Elections collection. The resources are all conveniently housed in the CQ Electronic Library.

For more political science resources, don’t forget to check the political science subject guide , the course & topic guides or contact a library liaison team member .

The U.S. Serial Set , containing legislative information back to 1817,  is also on trial until Oct. 11.

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Last Modified: September 2, 2010