LexisNexisä Congressional


Explore government in action with the most comprehensive online resource available for Congressional hearings, public issues, legislation, history, and legal research.

Perform in-depth research with access to the full-text of more than 214 years worth of detailed information about Congress, including member biographies, committee assignments, voting records, financial data, and the full-text of key regulatory and statutory resources.

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LexisNexis Congressional is the most comprehensive resource of its kind.


Unmatched depth and thoroughness of coverage

No other database—Web-based or otherwise —covers congressional information as comprehensively as the LexisNexis Congressional service.

You get complete and thorough access to the full text of congressional working papers and legislation. Plus you get access to a wide variety of information about Congress, including member biographical and committee assignment information, voting records, financial data, and the full text of the Congressional Record. In addition, you gain access to the full text of key regulatory and statutory resources.

And unlike other databases that cover just a few years of information, the LexisNexis Congressional service gives you access to more than 25 years of congressional information. You can perform in-depth legislative history research; see how congressional attitudes have evolved over time; and locate information on critical topics that are simply not dealt with by other, less substantive databases.

Congress—the first place to look for information of topical interest

Congress is the single most important information-producing institution in the United States. Behind every major bill debated, behind every issue discussed lie months of intensive investigation and analysis.

The "working papers" that result from these efforts often represent the best information available anywhere on a given subject. That’s because Congress has some of the nation’s top experts on its staff, and the authority to call witnesses from throughout the world to testify on virtually any issue of concern. And the topics that concern Congress are the same topics that are of interest to library patrons.

For these reasons and more, Congress is the first place researchers should look for timely and authoritative information on practically any topic. And the LexisNexis Congressional service is the best place to look for information published by and about Congress.

CIS/Index linked to full texts of documents

The reliable indexing and abstracting of the CIS/Index to Publications of the U.S. Congress from 1970 forward sets LexisNexis Congressional apart from other services. But the service is far more than the CIS/Index on the Web. It provides a seamless link to the full range of legislative and public policy resources, including:

The perfect way to introduce undergraduates to primary sources

LexisNexis Congressional’s ease of use and direct links to the full texts of documents let inexperienced researchers find their own way, without librarian assistance, to the material they need. Plus students love the World Wide Web—the Web environment is comfortable and familiar to them.

The vast range of subject matter on LexisNexis Congressional encompasses topics in public policy, history, sociology, political science, technology and society, and more. The service’s combination of timeliness and chronological depth adds to its usefulness. And with links to related websites, LexisNexis Congressional enhances students’ ability to explore the legislative scene even further.

Controlled vocabulary searching means fast, precise access

LexisNexis Congressional is designed so that undergraduates and other inexperienced searchers can find information quickly and easily. The key is a thoroughly cross-referenced, controlled vocabulary that lets you find information from virtually any starting point. Fully featured free-text searching lets students locate information regardless of how much they know about a given topic.

Researchers can find information by:

While flexible and easy to use, the service includes powerful search features that let experienced database searchers perform complex searches successfully.

Campus-wide access direct to desktop

For colleges and universities, the Web-based LexisNexis Congressional service is available for unlimited student and faculty use. For public libraries, the service allows unlimited use within the library building.

By having a common user interface across such a wide variety of useful information, the service frees librarians from repetitive, time-consuming training. And the service is so easy to use that undergraduates will perform successful searches from the very first use.

Content-specific help puts congressional information in perspective

Undergraduates will especially like the content-specific help feature. This exclusive research aid explains the different kinds of congressional publications and their relative importance as legislative and historical documents. As a result, students who are unfamiliar with congressional material can better understand the legislative process and more effectively interpret and evaluate research results.

And to make research even easier, you get detailed abstracts of congressional working papers. With the abstracts, researchers can quickly and easily see the nature and subject matter of a publication and get an outline of its general contents.

Legislative tracking features enhance research

LexisNexis Congressional’s bill tracking reports follow a bill’s movement through the legislative system and the parliamentary maneuvering that takes place. Bill tracking reports, updated daily when Congress is in session, cover all bills from 1989 to the present. You can link from the bill tracking report to the full text of the bill, the public law, congressional committee reports, Congressional Record sections about the bill, and voting records.

"Hot Bills" and "Hot Topics" deliver congressional information on today’s key issues

The Hot Bills feature lets researchers see the actual text of legislative proposals that are making news. Researchers can then track changes in these items as they go through the legislative process. The Hot Topics feature brings together all recent congressional information and national media coverage on widely-debated public policy issues. With this feature, students and other researchers can quickly see opposing perspectives on some of the most topical and controversial issues being deliberated by Congress.


From Content
1970 CIS Index with controlled subject headings, CIS legislative histories (accession numbers)
1980 Federal Register
1984 CIS Legislative Histories (enhanced version with bibliographic data and abstracts)
1985 Congressional Record, Voting Records
1987 Floor Votes, Campaign contributions from individuals & PACS
1988 Hearing transcripts, submitted testimony (available day after hearing), public laws*
1989 Committee reports (available several days later), campaign financial data, bills (all versions), bill tracking reports (includes Congressional Research bill digest)
1995 Selected committee prints, Congressional documents
1996 Congressional committee schedules
Current USC, CFR, Congressional rules, Hot bills and hot topics, Committee info

* With purchase of Statutes-at-Large module, public law coverage extends back to 1789


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LexisNexis Congressional Redesign: Coming Fall 2005!

LexisNexis is planning to redesign the LexisNexis Congressional interface with the goal of making it more intuitive and simpler to use. To that end, we intend to collapse the overall number of search forms in the product and allow cross-file searching of related Congressional information.

We are committed to involving librarians in the redesign process. LexisNexis staff met individually with a number of librarians during the Federal Depository Library Conference in Washington, DC in October 2004 to collect feedback and we have held two rounds of online seminars to create an additional forum for thoughtful discussion.