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200 years of U.S. History and Politics in Congressional Documents

serialset1Do you need historical reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives?

What about the legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817?

Have you worked with the print Serial Set before or did you always shy away from using it because of the time and effort involved in tracking down documents included in this series?

For the next 30 days (until Oct. 11), Villanova faculty and students will have access to the full text of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and the American States Papers on a trial basis. The Library is evaluating the purchase of this valuable resource, and we would like to hear your opinions as we evaluate this product.

The Serial Set goes back to the 15th Congress (1817). The online version currently on trial includes the years 1817 to 1994. It contains House and Senate documents as well as House and Senate reports. The documents cover a wide variety of topics and include reports of independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.

The American State Papers, 1789-1838 are part of the trial access.

Take a look, evaluate its value for faculty and student research projects and e-mail your feedback to Jutta Seibert.

For another related source of legislative information currently on trial, please see the CQ Almanac blog.

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Last Modified: September 9, 2010