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Politics & Government: Government Resources

Use this guide to help with your political science research.

Finding Congressional News

(LexisNexis) Congressional - Political News

Can search Roll Call and The Washington Post simultaneously, as well as CQ Political Transcripts

Nexis Uni - Government & Politics

One can search governmental and political topical resources simultaneously.

  • Click on Find in upper right hand corner of screen

On next page

  • Enter search terms in Keyword search box
  • Click on Government & Politics box under News & Business Topics
  • Click on the Find Sources box on far right

Federal Legislation

(Lexis-Nexis) Congressional database

  1. Type in name of bill (e.g. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010)
  2. Choose the appropriate session of Congress

FAQ help page - official source for federal legislative information

Available information includes:

  • Legislation: "Each piece of legislation has a landing page with tabs to help users find key information for the bill. Tabs take users to the following information: summary, major actions, titles, amendments, cosponsors, committees, and related bills."
  • The Congressional Record:  "[A] substantially verbatim account of remarks made during the proceedings of the House and Senate, is available from 1995 with the beginning of the 104th Congress."
  • Committee Information: A Committees Landing page is available that lists general information about Committees. All House and Senate committees for the current Congress are available with links to specific Committee pages."
  • Committee Reports: "A...landing page provides an overview section with a report-lookup tool by report type and citation number. The result listing appears in the lower half of the landing page and offers faceted searching targeted to Committee Reports, including a report type facet, and a conference report facet."
  • Profiles of Members of Congress: "All Members since 1973 and some members from 1947-1972 can be filtered by state, Congress, House or Senate, party, or Members currently serving....Member landing pages include a picture (when available), biography, years and Congresses served, the Member's state and district (Representatives only), party history, Member website link, and other key data."


OpenCongress is designed to help you keep track of what's really happening in Congress, your elected officials, and the issues you care about.

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Politics & Government Librarian

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Grace Allbaugh
Office: Milner 415
Phone: (309) 438-5313

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