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Join Us for a New Lunch and Learn Webinar – Federal Legislative History Research

Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins, photographed as she prepared to testify on the Administration's Social Security program before the House Ways and Means Committee. 1/22/35

Madame Secretary ready for hearing on security. Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins, photographed as she prepared to testify on the Administration’s Social Security program before the House Ways and Means Committee. 1/22/35. Harris & Ewing, photographer. 1935. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.38273

One of the topics reference librarians get asked about most frequently at the Law Library of Congress is how to find debates, hearings, reports, and other documents that may reflect legislative intent regarding a bill as it moves through Congress. Thus, by popular request, the next entry in the new Lunch and Learn series offered by the Law Library will return to U.S. government documents created by Congress with a new webinar: Federal Legislative History Research.

The Federal Legislative History Research webinar will be offered on April 13, 2021, at 2 p.m. EDT. We will first determine what kind of documents are considered “legislative history” resources, and then explore methods of identifying and locating these items. In tackling this area of research, the focus will largely be on finding these documents online. We will be highlighting freely-available governmental websites like Congress.gov, govinfo, and Law.gov, and quickly touching on subscription databases that can be accessed at one’s local public law or academic library.

The webinar will be presented by Barbara Bavis, the bibliographic and research instruction librarian at the Law Library. She holds a BA in history from Duke University, a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a specialization in law librarianship from Catholic University.

To sign up for this webinar, please visit our registration page.

One Comment

  1. Matt Cinadr PE
    March 23, 2021 at 10:33 am

    The photo is striking. I love the lights erupting from her hat. Some composition!

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