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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.


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. (more…)


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is now online as a free trial.

dsm-bookcoverphp1The DSM-IV-TR from the American Psychiatric Association is used by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health workers to assess and diagnose patients. This latest edition identifies some 300 disorders in contrast to about 100 disorders in the first edition of 1952.

The manual’s aim is to provide clear descriptions of diagnostic categories. For example, see the manual for the gradations of attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders.

The trial ends Sept. 30. Let us know what you think!


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Last Modified: September 1, 2010