Overview

To Access Committee Prints

Additional Information and Research Strategies

Overview

The official committee prints publication category began when committees started to issue printed versions of their own internal working papers. Today, committee prints include a wide variety of publications approved and issued by committees or portions of committees, such as majority or minority staff. Prints issued by only a portion of the committee are normally identified as such on the cover.

A committee print can contain anything relevant to the legislative and oversight functions of Congress. The print content varies widely from committee to committee, and over the course of time the function and format have been inconsistent. Examples of committee print content include:  research papers by committee staff, Congressional Research Service experts, or outside consultants; committee rules and calendars; compilations of laws; transcripts of markup sessions or other proceedings; and legislative descriptions and analyses. Many committee prints may best be described as reports, but these reports should not be confused with reports that are numbered as official House or Senate reports.

In 1983 (98th Congress), the Senate adopted a numbering system for official committee prints that is still used today. The House does not have an official numbering system for committee prints, but some House and Joint committees use their own internal numbering systems. LexisNexis Congressional includes numbered and unnumbered prints that originated in print format, as well as similar materials that were never printed but originated on committee websites.

In addition to official committee prints, LexisNexis® Congressional includes in the print category other congressional publications that are not issued by committees but that contain research value content similar to the content contained in committee prints. These include publications of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Congressional Budget Office, Government Accountability Office, and the former Office of Technology Assessment.

To Access Committee Prints

Use these search forms:

Use these search criteria:

  • Keyword

  • Title

  • Subject index term

  • Geographical index term

  • Issuing source

  • Bill number

  • Senate serial number (if applicable)

  • LexisNexis accession number

  • SuDoc number

Highlights of what's covered as part of the basic subscription:

  • Basic subscription includes abstracts and indexing for all official committee prints from 1970 forward

  • Basic subscription includes abstracts and indexing for a number of publications not available through GPO Federal Depository Library Program

Additional Information and Research Strategies

LexisNexis Congressional provides access to congressional prints through the Basic, Advanced, and Search by Number forms. All print records can be searched by keyword, title, subject or geographical index term, issuing source name, bill number, Senate serial number (if applicable), LexisNexis accession number, and SuDoc number. The "Committee Print" search option on the Advanced Search form and the prints partitioned results both include official committee prints and the other materials included in the prints category.

The LexisNexis Congressional basic subscription contains abstracts and indexing for all publications in the LexisNexis print collection from 1970 forward. This collection includes all official committee prints, as well as a sizeable number of publications not available through the GPO Federal Depository Library Program. This collection excludes separate section-by-section analyses printed under the Ramseyer rule. From 2000 forward, the number of prints acquired from websites has increased, as well as the number of minority staff prints as a percentage of the overall prints collection.

The LexisNexis Congressional basic subscription includes links to the full text of selected prints from 1995-2004 and links to PDFs of GAO reports from 2004 forward. To access the 1995-2004 full text prints, the user should search using the Basic or Advanced Search form. The Basic Search and the Advanced Search default will return metadata records linked to the full text. The Advanced Search drop-down option "All Fields Including Full Text" takes the user directly to the full text publications. The advantage of accessing the metadata record first is that the record provides bibliographic and content information that will help the user make sense of the full text. The GAO PDFs are not searchable, but can be identified and accessed through the associated metadata record.

LexisNexis Congressional also makes available annotated indexing for prints from 1830-1969 through the optional historical indexes module.

LexisNexis Congressional is in the process of making available annotated indexing and searchable PDFs for all prints issued from 1830-2003 through the Congressional Research Digital Collection retrospective optional module, and annotated indexing and searchable PDFs for all prints (except GAO reports) from 2004 going forward through the Congressional Research Digital Collection prospective optional module.