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ProQuest® Congressional Hearings Digital Collection

Gain an inside view of U.S. Policymaking with ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection (Hearings)
Public policy starts and ends with Congressional committee hearings. In these hearings, committees assess, amend, approve or kill legislation, as well as oversee the implementation and effectiveness of previously enacted legislation falling under their jurisdiction. Giving researchers access to the content of both published and unpublished hearings, the ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection forms an unparalleled documentary record of events and public policy issues faced by America, as well as the objectives and actions of Congress in dealing with these events and issues.

Valuable Insight Across the Curriculum

This collection is an important source of policy analysis and research for a wide variety of areas of study, including:
  • African American Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • National Security
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology
  • Women's Studies
Hearings contain the full transcripts of the proceedings, including all oral statements, committee questions, and discussion. They also contain texts of related reports, statistical analyses, correspondence, exhibits, and articles presented by witnesses or inserted into the record by committee members and staff.
Find out more about "Hearings and the ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection." This white paper, authored by Andrea Sevetson, former documents librarian at University of California, Berkeley and 1996-97 GODORT Chair, provides a highly readable overview of the definition and the types of hearings as well as their potential users.