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Politics & Government

Use this guide to help with your political science research.

Federal Legislation


Clicking the link above will take you to the Advanced Search page for Proquest's Congressional Publications. You can enter keywords to find government documents on a particular topic. You can limit by a specific date range or congressional session by clicking the buttons below the search boxes.



You can also search for specific types of content using the list of check boxes on the left side of the page. Each content type has its own specific search box with unique criteria.


Below is an example of one of the search options - this one is for finding bills. You can limit by a bill's sponser or where the bill is in the legislative process. Note that the congressional session limiter does not work when you search this way (see above).

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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.

Congressional News


From the Congressional Publications homepage, click the News & Social Media button at the top of the page.



This will take you to the specific search page. Add keywords to the search box. You can limit results by date by selecting the publication date dropdown menu below the search box. You can also select one or more of the available publications, either from traditional titles or social media.



From the Nexis Uni homepage, click the Advanced Search button directly under the main search box.

On the Advanced search page, select the News tab to ensure you are searching only for news publications. Enter keywords into the search boxes, and select a specific publication date range if desired.


On the left side of the results page is a lists of limiters to reduce the number of search results. Click the Subjects limiter to see the types of articles that are listed. Click the Select Multiple link within the subject section to view all the available subjects.



Select all the subjects that are related to government. For example, "Government & Public Administration" or "International Relations & National Security." This will limit the results just to articles that relate to these topics.



Social Sciences Librarian

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Grace Allbaugh
Milner Office: Room 415
To make an appointment to use Milner services in the building, please email me.

Schroeder Hall Room 432
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(Not in Schroeder office currently. Email me with any questions)
(309) 438-5313