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Legislative History Resources Reference Chart

This chart provides details of the legislative process and all of the documents created during the process.

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Bills

ELECTRONIC  
Congress.gov (free web) From 93rd Congress (1973) to present
Govinfo.gov (free web) From 103rd Congress (1993) to present
House & Senate Bills & Resolutions (free web)

House Bills & Resolutions: from 1799 through 1873 (6th to 42nd Congresses), with the exception of the 12th Congress.

Senate Bills & Resolutions: from 1819 through 1873 (16th to 42nd Congresses).

GovTrack.us(free web--independent project) From 93rd Congress (1973) to present
ProQuest Congressional From 101st Congress (1989) to present

CQ.com

Bill Comparison database. Compare two different versions of the same bill, or any version of two different bills. Click the Bills > CQ Bill Comparison Reports link. From 104th Congress (1995) to present.
Lexis

Current Congress: Browse Sources > Congressional Full Text of Bills - Current Congress

Previous Congresses beginning with the 101st (1989): Browse Sources > Congressional Full Text of Bills - xx Congress

Westlaw Proposed & Enacted Legislation 
MICROFORM  
From the 73rd Congress (1933) to present Williams Media, Cabinets A9 & B1
FINDING AIDS - ALPHABETICAL LISTS BY BILL TOPIC  
Congressional Record Index(free web) Choose a Year, then browse the list of topics and link to a list of bills for the topic. From 98th Congress (1983) to present. [Available in print and on HeinOnline from 1873 to present.]
Congressional Index Williams KF49 .C6. Choose volume for correct Congress and see Subject Index for listing of bills
Congressional Bills Glossary (free web) Definitions for bill and resolution types (enrolled, engrossed, etc.)