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Research Strategies for Successful Completion of Your Upper Level Writing Requirement: Legislative Documents


Consider legislative history research when you would like more information on the background of a federal statute that is central to your topic.

Consider Congressional Research Service reports whenever if might be useful to have an objective and thorough summary of a public policy issue.

Federal Legislative History

Here are some useful places to start. For more information, see the Garbrecht Law Library's Federal Legislative History research guide.

You can also contact a reference librarian for advice specific to your topic.

Congressional Research Service Reports

If your topic touches on any issue involving any aspect of public policy, consider searching for a Congressional Research Service report. These are reports prepared for members of Congress by subject experts at the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service. They are based on thorough research and contain useful citations to other reliable information.

Some sources: