Database information

The Congressional Record is issued daily when Congress is in session. Each issue (sometimes printed in more than one part) consists of the sections bulleted below. The page numbers within each section begin with "1" on the first day of the Congress and continue numbering consecutively until the end of that Congress.

A citation to the Congressional Record could be to an entire section, to a quote by a specific speaker, to a bill text, or to a specific roll call vote.

For each citation, include:

Sample online citations

Representative McCollum (MN). "Megan's Law." Congressional Record 142: 89 (May 7, 1996) p. H4451. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 5/18/05.

Senator Hatch (UT). "Differences in Judicial Philosophy." Congressional Record 142:93 (June 6, 1996) p. S5903. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 8/23/04.

Forbes, Michael P. (NY) "The Long Island Advance's 125th Anniversary Purchased for $500 in 1871." Congressional Record 142:25 (February 28, 1996), p. E235. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 8/23/04.

Quote by a specific speaker

This database provides exact paging in the header at the beginning of each entry and also at the top of each screen. This allows the citation to a specific quote to include the exact page number containing that quote.

Senator Dole (KS). "Health Care Reform." Congressional Record 142:94 (May 10, 1996) p. S5986. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 8/23/04.

Bill text

The text of a bill can frequently be located in the Congressional Record. Try to locate the bill number and include it in the citation. In addition, always use the exact page number where the bill text begins.

"Healthy Meals for Children Act (H.R. 2066)." Congressional Record 142: 90 (May 14, 1996) p. H4911. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 8/23/04.

Vote

All roll call votes are numbered. The number must be included in the citation to identify the specific vote being cited.

"Unfunded Mandate Reform Act of 1995: Roll Vote No. 25." Congressional Record 141:22 (January 23, 1995) p. H498. Available from: LexisNexis® Congressional; Accessed: 8/23/04.