Here’s a new Congressional Research Service report/research guide that might be of interest to you and/or those you work with.
Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff (RL 33895) was released last week and written by Jerry Mansfield, an information specialist at CRS.
The report runs 17 pages and is available via the Federation of American Scientists.
Most of the report discusses resources that ARE accessible by the public. However, the Legislative Information System (LIS) is only available to members of Congress.
This report is designed to introduce congressional staff to selected governmental and nongovernmental sources that are useful in tracking and obtaining information federal legislation and regulations. It includes governmental sources such as the Legislative Information System (LIS), THOMAS, the Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), and U.S. Senate and House websites. Nongovernmental or commercial sources include resources such as HeinOnline and the Congressional Quarterly (CQ) websites. It also highlights classes offered by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Library of Congress Law Library.
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