Resources by Subject United States Congress

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film and Video
Congressional Documents
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Many of the materials on the U.S. Congress are located in the JK 1000-JK 2000 call number area of the Reference Section

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Politics(full text; current)
Search political science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference Online - Law ( full text; current)
Search law-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

The Almanac of American Politics
Ref. JK 1012 .A44
A comprehensive, state-by-state look at congressional representatives with information on the various congressional districts and career biographies for each member.

Politics in America
REF JK 1012 .C65
Includes information on congressional members and brief overviews of their districts.

Congressional Directory
Ref. JK 1011 .A1
A directory of membership for congress, including listings for committees, advisory boards, and statistical information.

Congress A-Z
Ref. JK 1021 .C554
A dictionary, of sorts, of Congress and Congressional issues.

America Votes
Ref JK 1967 .A8
Voting statistics presented for each individual state, presented in a yearly volume.

Committees in Congress
Ref. JK 1029 .S64 1997
This book explains the various congressional committees, how the committees have evolved over the years, the goals of each committee, subcommittees and how they operate, and how the reform of congress has affected each committee.

Guide to Congress
Ref. JK 1021 .C565
An historical guide to congress and how it has evolved over the years. Useful for any research on congressional history.

Congress and Its Members
Ref. JK 1021 .D38 1998
Deals with both the historical and practical side of congress, featuring essays on how congress actually functions, what the leaders of the parties do, the various rules and procedures for each branch, how decisions are made, and how congress functions during times of crisis.

See also the News and Statistics and Data Sets pages for news stories and demographic information.

Locating Books

To locate books about the U.S. Congress, you might start with a subject search, using one of the following search terms:

United States--Politics and government
United States--Congress--Committees

To locate books and other matierials issued by the U.S. Congress, you can do an author search for United States Congress.

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary, most 1990s to present ; full-text)
Provides full-text of legal, governmental, business, and general news information; searching under Legal Research and in News sources (particularly National or Regional papers) can be especially useful.

PAIS with ProQuest Political Science(some full-text; 1914 to present)
Covers political science, international relations and public policy with articles, books, hearings, government publications, etc. from 120 countries.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines. .

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film and Video

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

C-SPAN Video Library
A nearly complete archive of over 160,000 hours of C-SPAN programs from 1987 to present, including footage from all 3 C-SPAN channels. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.

Congressional Documents and
Official sites for the Senate and the House of Representatives. (formerly THOMAS)
From the Library of Congress, this database includes information on legislation, Congressional records, committee assignments and other information.

FDsys (formerly: GPO Access)
FDsys is the portal to official U.S. government publications from the Government Printing Office (GPO).

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has its own style guide, The APSA Style Manual for Political Science, which is based on Chicago. A copy of the Style Manual for Political Science is kept at the Reference Desk - call # REF JA86 .A52 2006.

Guides to the major citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian) are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!


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