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ProQuest® Legislative Insight

New! Must-have for law schools: Legislative Insight Part B, 1789-1960, focusing on laws prior to 1929. Complements Legislative Insight Part A with no overlap in coverage, and it offers the same great value and functionality as Part A. See more below.
ProQuest Legislative Insight
ProQuest Legislative Insight is a Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
ProQuest® legislative histories are comprised of fully searchable PDFs of full-text publications generated in the course of congressional lawmaking. These include the full text of the Public Law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, and prints. Also included are Presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications that provide background material to aid in the understanding of issues related to the making of the law.
Legislative histories may be used to discover the legislative intent behind a specific law and to aid in the teaching of legislative process to law school and main campus students. The histories also offer insight into laws of general interest to Political Science, Government, and U.S. History students, as well as to students preparing for careers in public health, education, business, or any other discipline subject to Federal regulation.
ProQuest Legislative Insight is offered through two separately priced modules, A & B:
Legislative Insight Part A & B:
  • Professionally researched to a high standard
  • Complete histories going back to prior Congresses as appropriate
  • Dynamic legislative history page—search within the full text of all cited publications in one quick search
  • Legislative process—discover the process that led to the enactment of specific laws
  • Historic context—understand what was going on in the U.S. during the Congress in which a specific law was enacted
  • Exclusive Bluebook citations to law school formats: To take advantage of this new feature as a current customer, simply log onto the ProQuest Legislative Insight database, click on ‘Export’ in the top menu, then use the ‘Export Type’ pull-down to select ‘Bluebook Citation’ and select which items you’d like to export
  • Legislative Insight A & B fit together—with no overlap in coverage even though the date range may overlap
Legislative Insight Part A, 1929-2012:
  • 18,000+ histories
  • Major Laws 1929-2012*
Legislative Insight Part B, 1789-1960, focusing on laws enacted prior to 1929, with data being added continuously:
  • 9,000 brand new histories
  • Major Laws 1789-1928*
  • Other laws from 1789-1928 identified by researchers, customers, or other sources as important
  • Additional laws 1929-1962 not included in Legislative Insight Part A
* Major laws identified in CRS report Major Acts of Congress and Treaties Approved by the Senate, 1789-1980
All data loaded anticipated April 2014
New laws from 2013-forward are also available, with special pricing available for customers who already subscribe to the Congressional basic subscription or who purchase individual ProQuest Congressional digital modules from 2013-forward.
ProQuest Legislative Insight Major Laws
A subset of ProQuest Legislative Insight with content selected to support entry-level study of U.S. History, Political Science, and Government
  • Digital full-text primary source publications related to more than 1000 Major laws enacted throughout U.S. history
  • Coverage includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the USA Patriot Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, the Social Security Act of 1935, and the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890
  • Differing perspectives presented by experts, government officials, and ordinary citizens on significant moments in U.S. political and social history as well as background reports and historical context
  • Great resource that simplifies teaching and learning how a bill becomes a law! Suitable for 4-year academic, community colleges and public libraries