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Save Time with Compiled Legislative Histories

Conducting federal legislative history research can be a daunting and time consuming task. However, for many pieces of legislation, much of the work has already been done. Compiled legislative histories are published collections of bills, reports, hearings, and other documentation from the creation of a particular act. Hein Online is one source for compiled legislative histories. Hein has an extensive collection that researchers may browse by Publication Title, Public Law Number, or Popular Name, or may search using the bar at the top of the page.



Hein is continuously adding more compiled legislative histories to the collection, and recently added twoFOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2016 and 21st Century Cures Act.


ProQuest is another source of compiled legislative histories. Users may click on the Legislative Histories link on the homepage and then enter search terms in the field.



Hein and ProQuest are both accessible off campus with your CSU ID and Scholar PIN.


For more on Federal Legislative History, check out our research guide.

Hannah Capitol Connection for Ohio Legislative History and More

Hannah Capitol Connection for Ohio legislative history research is available remotely for Cleveland Marshall students, faculty, and staff for educational use only. Use the link in this post or from the library webpage (under Law Databases); get access from home using your CSU ID and PIN. Capitol Connection provides one-stop shopping for Ohio legislative history documents corresponding to bills and acts from 1989 forward.

What does Hannah Capitol Connection have that is not on the Ohio General Assembly’s webpage or elsewhere on the Internet? Among other things:

  • Coverage back to 1989the Ohio General Assembly’s page only goes back to 1997
  • Summaries of hearing testimony (When you pull up a bill, click on Bill History)
  • Hannah Report news articles corresponding to each bill
  • Executive Orders back to 1999
  • A fifty-state search to find legislation pertaining to particular topics in all or some states
  • A search for bills and acts that actually changed a particular Ohio Revised Code section, not merely a mention of the section in passing

For more information on researching Ohio legislative history, see our Legislative History Research Guide.

New – AVs in Online Teaching Guide

image of woman holding laptop with different media coming out of itThe Law Library has a new research guide – Audiovisuals in Online Teaching – that provides information on resources concerning the effective use of audiovisuals in online teaching. The resources are relevant for law schools and universities, including journal literature, books and websites. The guide also provides information on AV educational fair use, as well as AV resources and products. The Audiovisual in Online Teaching guide is one of the over 65 C|M|Law Library Research Guides.

Mental Health & Wellness Book: The Mindful Twenty-Something

Are you stressed at law school? Are you an adult between 18 and 29? Then The Mindful Twenty-Something may be a book for you. It’s based on the popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University and used on university campuses and counseling centers around the country. It’s one of the only evidence-based mindfulness programs developed especially for emerging adults. The book offers you an approach to tackling stress, gaining a healthier life perspective, and facing life’s challenges with calmness and balance – all stuff that’s really useful when law school stress gets you down! You can find the book in our Mental Health & Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room as you walk in. All of the books from this collection can be checked out at the circulation desk. You can explore the collection online through our Mental Health & Well-Being research guide.

Free Online Research Tools: Congressional Research Service Reports

US Capitol Building illuminated at night The Library of Congress announced on September 17, 2018 that a new website is now live, making reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) available to the public. The CRS is Congress’ nonpartisan “think tank” that conducts research and publishes reports for Congressional committees and Members of Congress. The experts and researchers at CRS provide analysis of an extensive range of topics. The thorough and nonpartisan nature of CRS reports makes them a valuable source on important and current topics for anybody, including legal researchers. CRS reports can be useful for legislative history research because they provide unbiased background information from a legislative perspective on issues before Congress.

Despite the fact that CRS reports are taxpayer funded, these reports were only made available to legislators. Some reports eventually made their way out to the public, if a congressional staffer chose to share. Recently, efforts had been made to make more reports widely available to the public with websites such as working to collect and share over 14,500 CRS reports. The new website from the Library of Congress serves as an official source of CRS reports, with over 600 of the active reports available at launch and more being added over time. Users may enter keywords to search the database or browse the index by clicking the search button without entering terms.

For more on legislative history or additional law and policy sources, check out our Legislative History Research Guide and Free Online Legal Research Guide.