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Selecting a law
The following websites may help you browse as you consider selecting a public law.
You may also consider searching the web or newspapers/news databases for "public law" or "federal legislation" plus words describing a theme or topic area (e.g., "federal legislation" and environment) may help you explore laws in a specific area of interest).
Major resources for your legislative genealogy
The following resources will help you find the full text of the final public law, versions of the bill in progress, sponsors/co-sponsors, votes, summaries of the bills/law, and selected information on support/opposition through hearings and debates.
Enter your law's citation number in the search box without spaces (ex - HR3590).
Use the "Search for legislative histories" link, then search on the exact title of your selected law. Use Google first to determine the exact title, session of Congress, and number of your selected law if you don't already know it.
Find more on context, support/opposition to the bill
WITH NEWS ARTICLES
You may also find searching newspaper articles on the bill useful to connect to current events reporting and public opinion. The following library databases include good selections of newspaper articles. These news articles may help you understand support/opposition from/within a variety of groups, such as: Congress, the President, the public, advocacy/lobbying groups, and more.
Academic Search Complete
A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas, including psychology. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
The Washington Post is available online from 1877-present through Nexus Uni. (This is a direct link to search only there).
Congressional Quarterly is available from 1966-present in print in the library (Call number 328.73).
WITH PUBLIC OPINION DATA
Presents daily briefings on a single current topic, as well as recent Gallup Poll findings.
Biweekly overview of recent poll trends.
Public Opinion Quarterly
Regular feature of preeminent scholarly journal on public opinion and polling, discusses recent surveys. Browse through each issue to access "The Polls" or search across the journal by topic to check for features on your topic.
WITH LOBBYING AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE INFORMATION
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, Political Economy & Public Policy
, Political Science
, Sustainability Studies
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