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Proquest: Proquest Legislative Insight


Legislative Insight

ProQuest Legislative Insight is a Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws. Insight can be accessed from ProQuest Congressional's menu bar.

Legislative Insight includes only documents related to the passage of a law, so hearings, reports, bills, etc., that are not part of a legislative history are not included in thus data base.  For those other materials, please use ProQuest Congressional. 

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Searching with "Legislative Insight"

  • Legislative Insight has a number of different search features.

  • Quick Search is a basic keyword search. You would use the common name of an act, such as the Patriot act.

  • Guided Search assists you in creating a more advanced search term.

  • Search by Number finds congressional documents using the citations associated with the various congressional documents.

  • Timeline Browse lets you browse through a times line with influential laws highlighted.

  • Legislative Process helps explain the system that creates the law.

For example, the quick search feature consists of a search bar and a box that allows you to select the documents you are interested in.

Legislative History Research Page

Each history Research Page covers one law. It provides basic bibliographic information and citations for all publications associated with the law. The page offers a search within option that allows the user to search the full text of all publications associated with the law.

The research page is simple to use but further information about using ProQuest Insight can be found in their help section.

Here is an example research page.

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