Search by Number: Congressional Publications
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Use the Search by Number form to retrieve Congressional publications when you know the citation of the document or a related bill or law. Specifically, use this form to:

Find a Congressional publication by number

Find Congressional publications related to a bill or law

Find a legislative history by number

For examples of how to use the Congressional Publications search forms, refer to these user scenarios.

Finding a Congressional Publication by Number

Select the "Find a Congressional publication by number" option to search for Congressional publications by specific document number. The search form will display three number types to search on: Publication Number; Bibliographic Number; and Serial Set Volume Number as follows:

Publication Number

Many, but not all, congressional publications have an official number assigned to them that reflects the number of the Congress in which the publication was issued, the publication type, and the order in which publications of that type and for that year were issued.  Select Publication Number as your Search within category, and then select the abbreviated form of publication type from the drop-down. The Publication Number drop-down may contain the following abbreviations (note that options on this drop-down vary according to subscription type):   

In most cases, once you have selected the publication type, you will be asked to select the Congress number from a drop-down. In the blank space to the right of the Congress, type the number of the publication for which you are looking.  For example, if you want to retrieve the 34th Senate report from the 108th Congress, select S.rpt. from the publication type drop-down, select 108 from the Congress number drop-down, and type 34 into the search box.

Bibliographic Number

Congressional publications can also be retrieved if you know the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification number or the LexisNexis/CIS accession number. Select Bibliographic number as your Search Within category, and then choose SuDoc or Accession Number from the drop-down. Type the SuDoc number or the Accession Number into the search box at the right of your screen.

Serial Set Volume Number

If your institution has purchased access to the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection, you also have the option of retrieving congressional publications by entering the Serial Set volume number into the appropriate box on the Search by Number form. If your institution does not have access to the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection, you will not see this search option on your screen. Users from institutions that have access to Serial Set bibliographic records through the Congressional Indexes historical module will not be able to enter the Serial Set volume number on the Search by Number form, but they can retrieve records by entering SERIAL-VOL_NO: followed by the volume number into a keyword search box on the Advanced Search form (example: SERIAL-VOL-NO: 12795-6).

Finding Publications Related to a Bill or Law

Select the "Find Congressional publications related to a bill or law" option to retrieve Congressional documents that mention a specific bill or law. The search form will display three citation types to search on: Bill Number; Public Law Number; and Statute at Large.

The form will also display the various Congressional publications included in your institution's subscriptions and purchases. Use the checkboxes to specify which publications to search.

Finding a Legislative History by Number

Select the "Find a legislative history by number" option to locate a Legislative History for a specific law, statute, or bill number. The search form will display three citation types to search on: Enacted Bill Number; Public Law Number; and Statute at Large.


How to Cite:

Committee Prints (Online)

Committee Prints (Printed or Microfiche)

CRS Reports

Hearings (Printed or Microfiche)

Congressional Documents (Online)

Congressional Documents (Printed or Microfiche)

Committee Information

Committee Prints (Online)

Committee Prints (Printed or Microfiche)

Committee Reports (Online)

Committee Reports (Printed or Microfiche)

Serial Set

General Principles of Citation