Database Highlight: Proquest Legislative Insight

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Overview: Proquest Legislative Insight is an excellent point to start your Federal legislative history research. It’s comprised of fully searchable PDFs of congressional legislative documents, which include the full text of the Public Law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports and prints, and other related documents.


Coverage: 1961 – current. As of October, 2013, the forthcoming module A will provide coverage 1929-present.



Search by keyword or use an easy-to-use citation checker, which allows you to plug in the citation for your publication and bring up all related publications by Public Law Number, Statute at Large Citations, and Enacted Bill. You can also use a quick search (by keyword), Guided Search (field searches using Booleans such as “And”, “Or”, Number Search (by bill, statute, hearing number, etc.). The site includes a quick legislative process guide.