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U.S. Federal Legislative History Library

This rich collection includes comprehensive federal legislative histories published by the U.S. GPO and private publishers, as well as a unique finding aid based on Nancy Johnson’s award-winning work, Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories.


Let's say we're trying to find House Report 111-448 from March 21, 2010 which pertains to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. To begin, enter the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, browse by Popular Name, and navigate over to P.














Next, scroll down until you find the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, listed alphabetically. Click on the act's name to find a list of available legislative histories.














Now, click on the title Health Care Reform: A Legislative History of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law No. 111-148 (2010)This will open up the title which includes a listing of the volumes, a link to open up the cumulative contents, and a search box. 















To locate House Report No. 111-448, click the cumulative contents to open up all the documents indexed in the title. From here, users can either use the search bar provided, scroll through the documents, or use the CTRL-F function to search for "111-148."















Check out this video for a step-by-step tutorial on locating a House or Senate report:

Use the Advanced Search option listed underneath the main search bar in the U.S. Federal Legislative History database to search by text, title, description, creator/author, and/or date. Users can select a specific title to search within, add a date range, and choose a specific section type.


For example, if you're looking for House Report No. 111-448 from 2010, enter the number in the text box, add a date range, and choose House Report from the section type option. See the example below.

From the results page, the first entry is House Report No. 111-448 from March 21, 2010.