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This guide provides information on selected Congressional Information Service (CIS) legislative resources in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library. Detailed step-by-step instructions on how to use CIS microfiche collection indices are included.
Congressional Information Service (CIS) is a private company; it is not part of the United States Congress.
A massive database of US Congressional publications (1789-present), legislative histories (1969-present), bills (1989-present), public laws (1988-present), Congressional Record (1985-present), and Congressional members (1989-present). Also includes Code of Federal Regulations (1981-present), Congressional Rules, and several newspapers (eg, Roll Call). For a more complete description of the coverage, see Legislative History Guide - Proquest Congressional.
Note: Only accessible via the Law Library Computer Lab and Law Library public legal research workstations.
Published 1970- . Index published monthly; with quarterly, annual, and 5-year cumulations. Since 1984, also publishes annual "Legislative History" volume.
Our library has microfiche through 2004 and indexes through 2002.
This publication provides the most complete and detailed indexing and abstracting of Congressional publications from 1970 to the present. Includes Committee Hearings, Committee Prints, House and Senate Reports, House and Senate Documents, Senate Executive Documents and Reports, special publications, and Public Laws. Provides full-text microfiche copies of Congressional publications.
Subject/Name Index lists subjects, geographic names/sites, witnesses' names/affiliations, individual and corporate authors, government agencies, subcommittees, names of Bills and Public Laws, and special information sources.
Eight supplementary indexes:
(1) Titles of Congressional publications
(2) Bill numbers
(3) Report numbers
(4) Document numbers
(5) Committee and Subcommittee Chairpersons
(6) Senate Hearing numbers*
(7) Senate Print numbers*
(8) Superintendent of Documents numbers.
[*House Hearings and Prints not covered in supplementary indexes because they're not numbered.]
How To Use:
(a) Use Indexes to identify publications relevant to your search. Note each publication's year of publication and "Accession Number" (eg, H360-9).
(b) Use Accession Numbers to locate publications in CIS Abstracts volumes. Review abstracts to determine which publications you would like to read in their full-text version.
(c) Use year of publication and Accession Number to retrieve desired microfiche. CIS microfiche are filed by year of publication, then Accession Number within each year. Each Accession Number may encompass several microfiche. Accession Numbers appear on the upper left of the microfiche.
Indexes, and provides full-text microfiche copies of, published Congressional hearings from 1833 to 1969. Committee hearings publications contain full transcripts of hearings proceedings, including texts of oral and written statements; transcripts of committee questions and discussions between committee members and witnesses; exhibits and submitted materials presented for the record; as well as related reports, studies, and correspondence.
Index in eight parts:
(1) 1833 - March 1917 (23rd-64th Congress)
(2) April 1917 - March 1925 (65th-68th Congress)
(3) December 1925 - 1934 (69th-73rd Congress)
(4) 1935-1944 (74th-78th Congress)
(5) 1945-1952 (79th-82nd Congress)
(6) 1953-1958 (83rd-85th Congress)
(7) 1959-1964 (86th-88th Congress)
(8) 1965-1969 (89th-91st Congress)
Each Index part in four sections:
(a) Reference Bibliography - bibliographic data, annotations, notes, subject descriptors, bill numbers, and witness names and affiliations.
(b) Index by Subjects and Organizations
(c) Index by Personal Names
(d) Supplementary Indexes - title, bill number, Superintendent of Documents classification number, Report number, and Document number
Microfiche in four groups:
(1) Senate Library's 1869-1934 (41st-73rd Congress) bound collection of hearings and 1833-1934 bound US Serial Set Collection of "documented hearings." [Groups 1(A) and 1(B); Index parts 1-3]
Group 1(A) shelved in Microfiche Drawers D2 - D4; Group 1(B) shelved in Microfiche Drawer D4
(2) 1839-1934 (25th-73rd Congress) hearings publications not contained in the Senate Library. [Group 2; Index parts 1-3]
Group 2 shelved in Microfiche Drawers D4 - D5
(3) Senate Library's 1935-1969 (74th-91st Congress) bound collection of hearings. [Group 3; Index parts 4-8]
Group 3 shelved in Microfiche Drawers D5 - F2
(4) Other 1800s-1969 hearings publications identified by CIS researchers. [Group 4; Index parts 1-8]
Group 4 shelved in Microfiche Drawers F2 - F3
How To Use:
(a) Use Indexes to identify publications relevant to your search. Note each publications' microfiche "Accession Number."
(b) Use Accession Number to retrieve desired microfiche. CIS US Congressional Committee Hearing microfiche are filed by group, then Accession Number within each group. Each Accession Number may encompass several microfiche.
Note: The location of Accession Numbers on the microfiche differ by microfiche group -- you have to get a "feel" for these Accession Numbers as to which group they refer.
Accession Number Examples:
Group 1(A) H419-4 -- Within the header at the top of the microfiche, look for the House fiche volume 419 group; then, within the images on the pieces of fiche in this volume 419 group, look for a large number 4. [Note: Item 4 will not necessarily be on fiche number 4 of this volume 419 group.]
Group 1(B) (23-1) S.Doc. v.5 n.422 -- Within the header at the top of the microfiche, look for 23rd Congress, 1st Session, Senate Document volume 5, number 422.
Group 2 HAg 50-A -- At the top right corner of the microfiche, look for HAg 50A.
Group 3 (87) S1482-2 -- At the top right corner of the microfiche, look for 87th Congress; then, within the header at the top of the microfiche, look for Senate volume 1482; then, within the images on the pieces of fiche in this volume 1482 group, look for a large number 2. [Note: Item 2 will not necessarily be on fiche number 2 of this volume 1482 group.]
Group 4 (89) HAp-1 -- At the top right corner of microfiche, look for (89) HAp-1.
Indexes, and provides full-text microfiche copies of, Congressional publications from 1789 to 1969. Includes Committee reports, Congressional Journals, and other Congressional publications (eg, investigation records, directories, manuals, and histories). Also includes Executive branch and nongovernmental publications (eg, annual reports, official communications, and periodical publications).
Index in four sections:
(a) Index of Subjects and Keywords
(b) Private Relief and Related Actions - Index of Names of Individuals and Organizations.
(c) Numerical List of Reports and Documents
(d) Schedule of Serial Volumes
How To Use:
(a) Use Index volumes to identify Congressional publications relevant to your search. Note each publication's "Serial Volume Number" (eg, 2107-3) and "Publication Series Number" (eg, H.rp. 500).
(b) Use Serial Volume Number and, if needed, Publication Series Number to retrieve desired microfiche. CIS US Serial Set microfiche are filed by Serial Volume Number. Each Serial Volume Number may encompass several microfiche. Serial Volume Numbers appear on the upper right of microfiche. Publication Series Numbers appear on the upper left of microfiche.
LER 3/06; updated 1/12