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Citing Congressional Documents (Online)

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Committee documents function as a major historical record of each Congress by providing texts of Presidential messages to Congress, veto messages, agency annual or special reports to Congress, reports on committee activities, and the texts of committee-sponsored special studies and background information compilations. Documents are issued by either the House or the Senate as a "committee of the whole".

For each citation, include:

  • "U.S.", congressional Chamber (House or Senate)
  • The title, shortened with an ellipsis (...) if the title is too long
  • If there is a date as part of the title, include it
  • Document number (preceded by H. Doc. or S. Doc.)
  • Date of the document, if provided
  • Documents may be issued in multiple parts or volumes; include all part or volume numbers in the citation
  • Database name (Text from: Congressional Documents)
  • Web service name (Available from: ProQuest® Congressional)
  • Date accessed by the user (Accessed: date)

For example:

U.S. Senate. Task Force on Economic Sanctions. (S. Doc. 105-26). Sept. 8, 1998. Text from: Congressional Documents. Available from: ProQuest® Congressional; Accessed: 4/20/04.


For additional help citing online reports, see Citing U.S. Serial Set (Online)

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