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Secondary materials such as journal articles may be an important component in understanding the intent of the legislation.
Hearings and Prints
Hearings are important sources of authoritative information on a wide range of controversial issues relevant to both undergraduate researchers and scholars. Prints are studies of an issue that may assist Congress in making more informed legislative decisions. Both reflect contemporary perceptions of economic conditions, social issues, and historic events.
To learn more about hearings and prints see From Bill to Law
U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 This link opens in a new window
Although not a major source of hearings, the Serial Set has over 1,000 full-text hearings mostly from early congressional sessions. Prints are not included in the Serial Set.