Susan, a librarian at City College

Patronís Query:    

Iím in the process of compiling a legislative history of a bill that proposed a Constitutional amendment to outlaw the burning of the American flag. The number of the bill is S.J. Res.  4.  I think the bill might be from 2004 or 2005.  Right now Iím trying to find out if any hearings were held on the bill and Iíd also like to find Congressional Record citations. I did a Legislative History search on LexisNexis Congressional, but my search didnít work.  How can I find out if there were any hearings?


Find hearings related to S.J. Res. 4, which is from either 108th or 109th Congress

Starting Info:

Topic and partial Senate Joint Resolution number

  1. Selects the Search by Number tab from the LexisNexis Congressional options for Congressional Publications searches.

  2. Selects Find a Congressional Publication Related to a Bill or Law from the drop-down.

  3. Selects Bill Number from the Search On options.

  4. Selects 109 from the Congress drop-down, S.J. Res. from the Bill Type drop-down, and types 4 in the search box.

  5. Hits Search, but does not get the result she is looking for.

  6. Changes the Congress drop-down to 108; hits Search.

  7. Selects the appropriate hearing from the results set and opens the record.

  8. Sees the BILLS: 108 S.J. Res. 4 link and clicks the link, which takes her to a results set for the bill text.

  9. Clicks on the bill text link and opens the full-text record.

  10. Clicks on the Retrieve Bill Tracking Report link.

  11. Scrolls down the page to find the Congressional Record links.

  12. Clicks on the Congressional Record links to find Congressional Record information.

Search Tip:  Donít use the Legislative History search option to look for information on bills or resolutions that have not become law.  Compile your own legislative history instead by using the Search by Number form to find publications referencing the bill in which you are interested.