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New Resource!
U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Now, Rutgers researchers who wish to read a Congressional committee report will have the choice of using our print and microforms collection onsite or of accessing the document online and from home.

The Libraries new digital resource, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, is a fulltext database of key publications of the United States Congress. It documents the official activities of the committees of the House and the Senate, including the journals, reports, and documents. In addition, through the nineteenth century the Serial Set also included publications of the executive departments relating to important public issues. It contains, for example, reports on education, public health, and agriculture, as well as more than 52,000 maps, many of them in color. When complete, the database will offer approximately 13,800 volumes and over 12 million pages in searchable fulltext. The Serial Set is a critical resource for the study of all aspects of American history including international relations; explorations; commerce and industrial development; genealogy; and political, social, cultural, military, and ethnic history.

The database will eventually cover publications from the 1st through the 14th Congresses (1789-1817) in the American State Papers and publications from the 15th through the 96th Congresses (1817-1980) in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. As of March 2004, the database was complete for the 15th through the 21st Congresses (1817-1831). By December 2004, the 15th through the 35th Congresses (1817-1859) will be complete. By June 2007, the 1st through the 55th Congresses (1789-1899) will be complete. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2008. For the most current information on the Congresses and periods covered, check the Help link after you have entered the database.

Users can access U.S. Congressional Serial Set from the front page of the Libraries website, either through Library Catalog or by locating it in the title list of Indexes and Databases or in any of the following subject listings:
     - General and Multidisciplinary—Government Publications,
     - Arts and Humanities—History,
     - Social Sciences and Law—Law and Criminal Justice,
     - Social Sciences and Law—Political Science.

Posted April 21, 2004