Overview

To Access House and Senate Documents

Additional Information and Research Strategies

Overview

House and Senate documents are the class of publications issued by congressional committees or the full House or Senate that are numbered with the designation H. Doc. or S. Doc. This publication type can contain:  Presidential messages proposing new legislation or vetoing legislation passed by Congress; special reports of executive branch agencies; congressional committee activity reports; committee-sponsored special studies and background information published as official documents rather than committee prints; annual reports of certain patriotic and veterans groups; memorial tributes; and compilations of background information related to annual intercollegiate and high school debate topics.

House and Senate documents are included in the Serial Set.

To Access House and Senate Documents

Use these search forms:

Use these search criteria:

  • Keyword

  • Title

  • Subject

  • Geographical index term

  • Committee name

  • Bill number

  • House and Senate serial number

  • LexisNexis accession number

  • SuDoc number

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

  • Abstracts and indexing for all documents published from 1989 (101st Congress) forward

  • Abstracts and indexing for most documents from 1970 through 1988 (documents excluded for this period include executive branch, housekeeping, and ceremonial documents)

  • Full text for most documents from 1995-present

Additional Information and Research Strategies

LexisNexis Congressional provides access to House and Senate documents through the Basic, Advanced, and Search by Number forms. All House and Senate document metadata records can be searched by keyword, title, subject or geographical index term, committee name, bill number, House and Senate serial number, LexisNexis accession number, and SuDoc number.

The LexisNexis Congressional basic subscription contains abstracts and indexing for all documents published from 1989 (101st Congress) forward, and most documents from 1970-1988. Documents excluded in the 1970-1988 time period include executive branch, housekeeping, and ceremonial documents.

LexisNexis Congressional creates preliminary metadata records for all documents (from 2006 forward) on as timely a basis as possible following the publication of the document. The preliminary records contain abbreviated subject indexing and bibliographic information available at the time of the release. Preliminary records are replaced by full metadata records with complete bibliographic information and full abstracts and indexing on a monthly basis.

The LexisNexis Congressional basic subscription also includes the full text of most documents from 1995-present. Coverage for documents containing extensive tables is limited. To access this material, the user should search using the Basic Search, Advanced Search, or Search by Number 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. The advantage of accessing the permanent or temporary metdata record first is that the record provides bibliographic and content information that will help the user make sense of the full text.

LexisNexis Congressional also makes available annotated indexing for documents issued from 1817-1969 through the optional historical indexes module.

LexisNexis Congressional also makes available, through the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection optional module, annotated indexing and searchable PDFs for documents issued from 1817-1969.