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Federal Legislative History Research: Prints
This guide will outline the resources available at the University of Missouri School of Law for federal legislative history research.
Committee Prints: Research reports prepared by committee staff, consultants, the Library of Congress, and others. Committee prints are issued in numerical order by each chamber of Congress. They usually contain material prepared by committee staff for the use of the committee considering the bill.
How to Cite a Committee Print
Bluebook Rule 13.4 (c)
"Unnumbered federal documents and committee prints. Committee prints and unnumbered documents must be cited as works of institutional authors (rule 15.1(c)). Note that the number of the Congress is part of the author's name:. If the document or committee print is primarily the work of specific persons, that fact may be noted parenthetically."
ProQuest Congressional provides access to congressional prints (1789-present) through the Advanced Search Form (Congressional Publications) and the Search By Number Form (Congressional Publications). All print records can be searched by keyword, title, subject or geographical index term, issuing source name, bill number, Senate serial number (if applicable), CIS accession number, and SuDoc number. The Committee Print & Misc. Publication search option on the Advanced Search form and the prints partitioned results both include official committee prints and the other materials included in the committee prints and miscellaneous congressional publications category.