How to Research the Career of a Senator
Discover a few ways to research the life and career of a U.S. senator with HeinOnline.
U.S. Congressional Documents
HeinOnline’s U.S. Congressional Documents includes the complete Congressional Record bound volume set from its inception, plus its three predecessor titles, congressional hearings, and much more, making it the ideal database to begin researching a specific senator.
To locate records of a specific senator’s participation in hearings, his or her statements, and more, perform a full-text search for the senator’s last name, then select the senator’s full name under the “Person” facet within the results.
In the example below, we’ve chosen to research Senator Bernie Sanders.
Users can further use the tips in these guides to make the most of U.S. Congressional Documents when researching a particular senator:
- How to Search for a Roll Call Vote, to find out how a particular senator voted on certain issues.
- Locating a Congressional Hearing, to find a specific congressional hearing at which the senator may have participated.
- Searching for a Bill Number, to locate a particular bill that the senator may have sponsored or cosponsored.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Now almost completely digitized in HeinOnline, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set is a must-have publication for studying American history and more current American events. More than two centuries of documents spanning more than 17,000 volumes make this publication an indispensable resource for understanding the development of the United States and, specifically, congressional activity.
To find congressional reports from committees of which the senator was a part, search the full name of the senator and filter by their date range in office. In the example below, we again chosen to research Senator Bernie Sanders.
Law Journal Library
The Law Journal Library is HeinOnline’s signature collection of more than 2,900 fully searchable, image-based journals, each dating back to the first issue ever published.
To find scholarly works that discuss and analyze various aspects of a senator’s political career, search for the senator’s first and last name. Then, filter by the “Person” and “Organization” facets to make sure you’re targeting the correct individual, and not just any individual with the same name. In the example below, we’ve chosen to research Senator Elizabeth Warren.