There are 3 basic types of congressional committee publications:
Committee transcript vs. committee testimony:
"A committee hearing transcript is verbatim text of what was spoken at a committee hearing. This will usually include the Question & Answer (Q&A) part of a committee hearing, although not always. Committee testimony is the official, written statement presented by a witness at the hearing. Although the testimony may be spoken during the hearing and consequently also part of the verbatim transcript, it is also written and submitted to the committee. Both FNS and FDCH provide all the written testimony that is submitted to each committee holding a hearing on a given day.
Certain very high profile witnesses, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, rarely provide a written statement to a committee. In these cases, FNS and FDCH will not provide this data to LexisNexis – unless, of course, they cover the entire hearing gavel to gavel, in which case the transcript will be available. "http://www.lexisnexis.com/Academic/1univ/cong/faq_committee.asp
FInding Congressional Committee Hearings Online:
Congressional committees (FEDsys)
Legislative Branch Resources on GPO Access
Catalog of U.S. government publications (GPO)
Monthly catalog of United States government publications
Congressional hearings (Law Library of Congress)
Published daily while Congress is in session since 1873, the Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of U.S. Congress in the House and Senate.
It has four sections:
While cumulated into bound volumes, pagination in the sessional index is different from in the biweekly index which is for the daily issues.
The Congressional Record is available:
Congressional Record (via FEDSys)
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Predecessors of the Congressional Record.
1. Annals of Congress (Library of Congress) 1789-1824
"The Annals of Congress, formally known as The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, cover the 1st Congress through the first session of the 18th Congress, from 1789 to 1824. The Annals were not published contemporaneously, but were compiled between 1834 and 1856, using the best records available, primarily newspaper accounts. Speeches are paraphrased rather than presented verbatim, but the record of debate is nonetheless fuller than that available from the House and Senate Journals."
2. Register of Debates (Library of Congress) 1833-1837
"The Register of Debates is a record of the congressional debates of the 18th Congress, 2nd Session through the 25th Congress, 1st Session (1824-37). It is the second of the four series of publications containing the debates of Congress. It was preceded by the Annals of Congress and succeeded by the Congressional Globe"
3. Congressional Globe (Library of Congress) 1833-1873
"The Globe, as it is usually called, contains the congressional debates of the 23rd through 42nd Congresses (1833-73). There are forty-six volumes in the series based on the table found in the Third Edition of Checklist of United States Public Documents 1789-1909, Volume 1B (pp. 1466-69)"
Other Congressional resources:
Debates and proceedings in the Congress of the United States : with an appendix containing important state papers and public documents, and all the laws of a public nature; with a copious index; compiled from authentic materials (online)
Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (online).
Calendars of the United States House of Representatives and history of legislation (online)
The Congressional Serial Set, often referred to as the "Serial Set" or the "Sheep Set," contains the Congressional Reports and Congressional Documents. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers.
Congressional Documents contain:
It may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, annual reports of non-governmental organizations, committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, certain executive department publications, and certain non-governmental publications.
For detailed contents, see "An overview of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set".
Where to find the U.S Serial Set:
1. Readex U.S. Congressional serial set, 1817-1994
2. Proquest U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection (Congressional Publications)
3. U.S. Serial Set (Library of Congress)
4. American State Papers (Library of Congress)
5. American state papers: documents, legislative and executive of the Congress of the United States Coverage 1789-1838
There are different ways to record congressional votes. Roll call votes indicate by name how a member voted while voice votes, division vote or standing votes only count the number of members voting "aye" or "no".
Official Sources of voting records:
Roll call votes Congress.gov
Senate votes (United States Senate)
U.S. House of Representatives Roll Call Votes (Office of the Clerk - House of Representatives)
Voter Information Services, Inc.
Voting records for members of Congress, and ratings of members of Congress based on their votes on legislation supported or opposed by over 20 special interest/lobbying groups.
Sites to find Congressional Research Service Reports
Congressional Research Reports (University of North Texas)
Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries (UNTL). Congressional Research Reports are produced exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and staff members. However, some Members and non-profit groups have posted a large number of reports on their websites. UNTL's site exists to "provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990."
CRS Reports (WikiLeaks)
"Wikileaks has released nearly a billion dollars worth of quasi-secret reports commissioned by the United States Congress"- Wikileaks
Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Collections of CRS Reports
"The Congressional Research Service, a component of the Library of Congress, conducts research and analysis for Congress on a broad range of issues of national policy. While many CRS memoranda are generated in response to individual Member or staff inquiries and are confidential, most CRS reports are available to anyone who has access to a congressional intranet.
Yet at the direction of Congress, CRS does not make even its non-confidential publications directly available to the public online. In order to help overcome this unnecessary barrier, the Federation of American Scientists endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible. These reports are provided without congressional or CRS authorization as a public service" - FAS
CQ Weekly provides congressional news and analysis, bill tracking, member profiles, committee coverage, government documents and transcripts.
UBC Library Holdings:
CQ Weekly - Call number Koerner JK1. C15
CQ Weekly (online)
Congressional quarterly weekly report - Call number Koerner JK1. C15
The ... CQ guide to current American government. Call number Koerner JK1. C14
Based on University of Toronto's US Federal Government Guide