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Congress, Legislation, etc.: Home

describes Library holdings and major internet sources dealing with the operations of Congress, legislation, and regulation at the federal level

Notes on resources

Almost all of the resources described in this guide are freely available. The few that are limited to use by the St. Mary's community are labeled with this graphic: key Some resources are located at the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library on campus. 

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Ben's Guide

Of course, the Constitution is the blueprint for all of our government's actions: and Thomas is the go-to site for Congressional information past and present. Generally speaking, it is set up for efficient browsing if you don't have the exact information (a bill number, for example) that you need. Just limit using their wide variety of facets to whittle your search results down. also offers a set a nice videos explaining the legislative process.

legislative process graphic

Sunlight Foundation

SunlightThe Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that works for greater transparency and openness in government. They "massage" freely available government information to make very useful and interesting tools for keeping track of what the government is doing.


Other guides

checkOther Blume Library guides cover these aspects of government information:

  • Finding Government Information: a Basic Guide: general description of the Federal Documents collection of the St. Mary's University Blume Library, including its organization, locations and basic methods of access, descriptions of major government internet sites and a detailed description of the links available on the Library's Government Information web pages
  • Census Information: describes the major online services and collections of the Census Bureau and related institutions, as well as the Library's collection of Census material in print, microfiche and CD/DVD
  • Government Information Sources in Science and Technology: description of major government internet resources in scientific and technical fields as well as indications of the Library's holdings in the area
  • Government Information in the Study of History: identifies historically significant materials in the Library's documents collection and provides convenient access to government (and related) web sites of interest to the historian and history students

Within specific sections of this Congress guide, there are links to other guides dealing with particular types of information that have been developed by agencies and other libraries.

More guides:

Useful auxiliary organizations

There are some institutions associated with Congress that produce very useful material for researchers at all levels:

Congressional Hearings - How Do You Find Them?