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ProQuest Congressional…where the past meets the present.

ProQuest Congressional is the only site anywhere that offers a comprehensive collection of congressional documents from 1789 to the present. This primary source collection offers students an unparalleled opportunity to understand the present by comparing today’s events and opinions with trends and patterns throughout our nation’s history. Congressional hearings offer a unique perspective on all aspects of U.S. social, economic, and political history by presenting differing views from representatives of all societal sectors, including business, industry, labor, education, health, criminal justice, and government.

Testimony is presented by foreign policy experts, economists, Native Americans, civil rights leaders, public health officials, scientists, farmers, fishermen, environmental advocates, and ordinary citizens. House and Senate publications document the transformation of the U.S. from thirteen colonies into a world power, with primary source content on subjects ranging from war and military incursions to nuclear energy, space exploration, terrorism, and human rights. When examined in conjunction with ProQuest news and archival sources, congressional content can faciliate the ability of even novice researchers to develop critical thinking skills necessary for full participation as citizens and workers in a secure and competitive society of the future.

Basic subscription and optional digital modules

ProQuest Congressional offers a basic subscription and optional digital modules to enable institutions to craft a congressional database that meets their specific needs in terms of both price and content. No other site anywhere offers customers the opportunity to purchase access to a comprehensive collection of congressional content.

Primary source content facilitating critical thinking

Congressional information covering the entire sweep of U.S. history is an ideal source to facilitate critical thinking and writing. Assess the conflicts and compromise inherent in the Congressional system to form opinions on approaches to change and the development of public policy.

Primary source content from a single, authoritative venue

Both the basic subscription and the optional digital modules provide primary source content offering multiple viewpoints from within a single, authoritative setting—the U.S. Congress.

Comparison, trends, and patterns

Compare witness opinions, language and rhetoric, and legislation over time. Understand the changing role of the federal government throughout the entire history of the U.S. Access statistical data. Analyze patterns of argumentation and reasoning.

Ideal for researching U.S. social, political, and economic history

Each type of congressional publication provides a unique window to the entire range of U.S. social, political, and economic history. Examine testimony, debate, research reports, and legislative history to gain a complete picture. Taken together, congressional publications present a unique documentary history of the U.S. from 1789 to the present.

The past informs the present

Congressional content is uniquely suited to help both novice and sophisticated researchers understand the present and prepare for the future by learning the lessons of the past.

A database for all disciplines

“There is, in fact, no subject to which a Member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.” – Thomas Jefferson

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