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How to Locate U.S. Presidential Commission Reports

Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies: A Bibliographic Listing by Louis W. Bookheim is a unique resource containing the most current and comprehensive listing of publications created by such presidential advisory bodies. The collection has evolved into a bibliographic listing of more than 6,300 commission reports and other documents from the administrations of Andrew Jackson to Joe Biden. In the database version of this resource, links to the full text of more than 1,700 reports are provided, as well as citations to published government documents and OCLC numbers when applicable.

Video Tutorial

What this short video to learn how to locate U.S. Presidential Commission Reports in HeinOnline.

Browsing the Commission Reports Index

On the main database page, users are immediately presented with the Commission Reports Index. From here, browse or search all indexed or full-text report entries by president, commission name, commission subject, or report title.

Browse by President

Select the President browse option to view a list of administrations for which indexed or full-text commission reports are available.*

screenshot of President browse option in Commission Reports Index

Select any president to view his specific list of commissions, councils, or advisory boards. As an example, we’ve selected George W. Bush below.

screenshot of commission reports for George W. Bush

*Coverage of presidential administrations extends from Andrew Jackson to Donald Trump. 

Browse by Commission Name

Choose to browse by Commission Name and find a navigable alphabetical list of all commissions for which HeinOnline has entries. Where popular (yet unofficial) commission names are listed, HeinOnline redirects the user to the official commission name.

screenshot of Commission Name browse option

Select any commission name to view the available reports for that commission. As an example, we’ve selected Bill Clinton’s Assassination Records Review Board below.

screenshot of Bill Clinton's Assassination Records Review Board

Browse by Commission Subject

Use the Commission Subject browse option to find any commission reports that fall under a particular subject.

screenshot of Commission Subject browse option in Commission Reports Index

As an example, we’ve selected the subject of Asian Americans below.

screenshot of search results

Browse by Report Title

Browse by Report Title to find a navigable alphabetical list of all reports for which HeinOnline has entries.

screenshot of Report Title browse option

Select any report to be directed to its related commission. As an example, we’ve selected Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation, from President Barack Obama’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

screenshot of Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation

Searching the Commission Reports Index

Additionally from the main database page (or within the Advanced Search option), users can take advantage of the Commission Reports Search Tool.

screenshot of Commission Reports Search Tool

Use the tool to perform a tailored search for a keyword, president, subject, name/author, or report title relating to a specific commission. As an example, we’ve performed a search for all reports relating to President Bush and the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States, while limiting the results to those published between 2001 and 2005.

screenshot of example search in Commission Reports Search Tool

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