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Legislative Insight

Legislative Insight Content

Legislative Insight Part A, 1929-2012 (71st -112th Congresses):
  • 18,058 histories
  • includes all Major Laws 1929-2012* and all CIS histories from 1970-2012 (many with updated research and indexing).

* Major laws are those that are identified in a CRS report "Major Acts of Congress and Treaties Approved by the Senate, 1789-1980"


Legislative Insight Part B, 1789-1965 (1st to 89-1 Congresses):

Focusing on laws enacted prior to 1929:

  • 9,000 new histories
  • Major Laws 1789-1928*
  • Other laws from 1789-1928 identified by researchers, customers, or other sources as important
  • Additional laws from 1929-1965 not included in Legislative Insight Part A, also Public Resolutions and pre-57th Congress public laws that were enacted before the Public Law numbering system was established— (these laws will only have a Statutes at Large number as their identifier).


Legislative Insight Prospective

New laws from 2013-forward (113th Congress)


ProQuest Legislative Insight Major Laws (1789-present)

A subset of ProQuest Legislative Insight with content selected to support entry-level study of U.S. History, Political Science, and Government. A great resource that simplifies teaching and learning how a bill becomes a law. Suitable for 4-year academic, community colleges and public libraries.

  • Digital full-text primary source publications related to more than 1000 Major laws enacted throughout U.S. history
  • Content 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