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GOVT 3325 – American Public Policy. 9-2-04 Hillary Campbell Government Documents Librarian. I need to find a bill…. Books in the catalog CQ Almanac Hot Bills and Topics in Congressional Universe Browse Public Laws in GPO Access U. S. Serial Set Subject Index.

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govt 3325 american public policy

GOVT 3325 – American Public Policy

9-2-04

Hillary Campbell

Government Documents Librarian

i need to find a bill
I need to find a bill…
  • Books in the catalog
  • CQ Almanac
  • Hot Bills and Topics in Congressional Universe
  • Browse Public Laws in GPO Access
  • U. S. Serial Set Subject Index
i have the popular name of the bill
I have the popular name of the bill…
  • Find the Public Law number using Shepard’s Acts & Cases by Popular Name
  • Find the Public Law number using Congressional Universe
  • Find the Public Law number using the Popular Name Index in U. S. Statutes at Large (Not always!)
i have the bill number
I have the bill number…
  • Find the Public Law number using Congressional Universe (1989 – present)
  • Find the Public Law number using U.S. Statutes at Large (Pre-1989)
i have the pl now what
I have the PL #...now what?
  • Find the Full Text of the Law in Congressional Universe (1989 – Present)
  • Find the Full Text of the Law in GPO Access (1995 – Present)
  • Find the Full Text of the Law in U.S. Statutes at Large (Pre-1989 to the Present)
i have the text of the law now what
I have the text of the law…now what?
  • Find the introduced version of the bill in Congressional Universe (1989-Present)
  • Find the introduced version of the bill in THOMAS (1989-Present)
  • Find the introduced version of the bill in GovDocs microfiche (1979-2000, search catalog by bill name)
  • Search the U.S. Serial Set or Congressional Record microfiche (Before 1970, MAYBE!)
ok i have the introduced version of the bill now what
OK, I have the introduced version of the bill…now what?
  • Search Congressional Universe for House and Senate committee hearings (1989 – Present, some full-text, some microfiche)
  • Search the CIS Congressional Committee Hearings microfiche for House and Senate committee hearings (Pre-1970, print index)
  • Search CIS Microfiche for House and Senate committee hearings (1970 – Present, paper index)
ok i ve found committee hearings now what
OK, I’ve found committee hearings, now what?
  • Search Congressional Universe for House and Senate Committee Reports (1980 – Present, some full-text, some microfiche)
  • Search CIS Microfiche for House and Senate committee reports (1970 – Present, paper index)
  • Search the U.S. Serial Set microfiche for House and Senate Committee Reports (Pre-1970, paper index)
ok i ve found committee reports now what
OK, I’ve found Committee Reports, now what?
  • Search Congressional Universe for Floor Debate and Amendment (1985 – Present)
  • Search Congressional Record via GPO Access for Floor Debate and Amendment (1994 – Present)
  • Search THOMAS for Congressional Record (1989 – Present)
  • Search Congressional Record microfiche for Floor Debate and Amendment (Pre-1985, indexed on microfiche)
more on debate and amendment
More on Debate and Amendment…
  • House Journal (1972 – 2000, print, GovDocs) (online via GPO Access from 1991 – Present), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
  • Senate Journal ((1972 – 2001, print, GovDocs), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
ok i ve found floor debates and amendments now what
OK, I’ve Found Floor Debates and Amendments, now what?
  • Search Congressional Record microfiche or online for the engrossed version of the bill
  • Search THOMAS or Congressional Universe for the engrossed version of the bill (1990 – Present)
  • Search House and Senate Journal for the engrossed version of the bill ((1972 – 2000, print, GovDocs), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
ok i ve found the engrossed version of the bill now what
OK, I’ve found the engrossed version of the bill, now what?
  • Search THOMAS for House and Senate votes (1990 – Present)
  • Search Congressional Record via GPO Access (1994 – Present)
  • Search Congressional Record microfiche (pre-1990)
  • Search House and Senate Journal for the House and Senate votes ((1972 – 2000, print, GovDocs), (online via LC AMP from 1789-1873)
ok i ve found house and senate votes now what
OK, I’ve found House and Senate votes, now what?
  • Search Congressional Quarterly Almanac for the Presidential Veto or Signature (1962 – Present, paper copy in Reference)
  • Search CIS Presidential Vetoes microfiche for the Presidential Veto (Pre-1962, print index)
anything else
Anything else?
  • Search Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents for other Presidential Statements (1965 – Present, Periodicals) (1995 – Present via EBSCOhost)
  • www.house.gov and www.senate.gov – Committee webpages, glossaries, historical info, directories
  • CQ Almanac
  • Other Documents (reports, studies, statistics) – Search the Catalog
  • Legislative Histories in U.S. Statutes at Large (Rarely)
  • Legislative Histories in CIS Legislative Histories (For some laws, between )
congressional universe
Congressional Universe
  • Access through library webpage - http://www.utdallas.edu/library/
  • Documents can be printed or emailed
accessing congressional universe remotely
Accessing Congressional Universe Remotely
  • Login with your Comet Card at:

http://libproxy.utdallas.edu/login

  • Search the library catalog or select a specific database
congressional universe1
Congressional Universe
  • Bill Text
  • Legislative Histories
  • Floor Debates
  • Committee Reports and Hearings

Coverage Chart

congressional universe other cool stuff
Congressional Universe – Other Cool Stuff
  • Hot Bills
  • House / Senate Member Information
  • Inside Washington – journal articles covering current events in politics
reader s guide
Reader’s Guide
  • Paper index of articles published in popular periodicals
  • Library has 1900- Present in paper copy
  • Paper Copy located in the library, Reference Aisle 1B
  • Arranged by subject
reading a reader s guide citation
Reading a Reader’s Guide Citation

Congressional Elections

Rampaging Republicans [Editorial] The

Nation v275 no18 p3-4

how do i find the articles indexed in reader s guide
How do I find the articles indexed in Reader’s Guide?
  • Search library catalog for the title of the journal in which the article is published
  • Make sure the library has coverage for the year the article was published
  • Microfilm, hard copy or electronic (link from catalog record)
  • Use InterLibrary Loan service if the library doesn’t own the journal
public papers of the president
Public Papers of the President
  • Official publication of United States Presidents’ public writings, addresses and remarks
  • Each volume contains papers and speeches of the President issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during a certain time period
  • In chronological order
public papers of the president1
Hoover

Truman

Eisenhower

Kennedy

Johnson

Nixon

Ford

Carter

Reagan

George Bush

Clinton

George W. Bush

Public Papers of the President
pais what is it
PAIS – What is it?
  • Database chronicling global public policy and social issues
  • Provides access to government publications and reports
  • Citation index only – no full text
pais how do i use it
PAIS-How do I use it?
  • Enter through library webpage
  • Basic or Advanced Search
  • Limit by Year of Publication, Document Type, Government Publication and UTD holdings
political science abstracts what is it
Political Science Abstracts – What is it?
  • Indexes professional journals, major news magazines and books devoted to North American politics and political analysis
  • Citation only – no full text
  • Results can be emailed, printed or saved
political science abstracts how do i use it
Political Science Abstracts – How do I use it?
  • Enter through library webpage
  • Basic or Advanced Search
  • Limit by Year, Author, Source, and Institutional Affiliation of Author
  • Lots of cross-referencing
other databases
Other Databases
  • America: History and Life
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Sociological Abstract
  • Digital National Security Archive

*All available through library’s page of electronic databases*

thomas what is it
THOMAS – What is it?
  • A World Wide Web resource, hosted by the Library of Congress, that provides legislative information
  • Roll Call Votes
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law

http://thomas.loc.gov

final research tip
Final Research Tip
  • Don’t forget the Reference Librarians!
  • Mon-Thur: 9am – 10pm
  • Fri: 9am-8pm
  • Sat:10am-7pm
  • Sun:1pm-10pm
more ways to get help
More Ways to Get Help
  • Ask-A-Librarian – Email Reference Service: http://www.utdallas.edu/library/howto/

forms/erfform.html

  • Chat Reference – UT Systemwide:

http://www.lib.utsystem.edu/students/

ask.html

  • Librarians on the Loose – x2919 for locations
university of texas at dallas
University of Texas at Dallas

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University

P. O. Box 830643 Richardson, TX 75083-0643 972-883-2955

September 2, 2004