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The United States Government: The Congress: Online Resources Available Through HMCPL

Overview of the two branches of the U.S. Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives, including resources on the history of the legislative body.

Alabama Virtual Library Useful Databases

The following are selected databases and e-books that contain resources relevant to anyone seeking more information on the United States Congress or the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government.
History Reference Center

History Reference Center, published by EBSCO, contains 

  • full text for more than 650 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books
  • full text for nearly 60 leading history periodicals; 58,000 historical documents; 43,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 12,000 historical photos and maps; and 87 hours of historical film and video.

Under 'Browse Subject', the U.S. History link includes many articles devoted to a specific session of the U.S. Congress as well as political and social movements, often heavily influenced or initiated by the U.S. Congress. These collections of articles include:

  • The Road to the American Revolution (1770-1783)
  • Expansion & Manifest Destiny (1784-1860)
  • Civil War & Reconstruction (1861-1877)
  • Rise of the Industrial U.S. (1878-1913)
  • World War I (1914-1919)
  • Prosperity, Depression & the New Deal (1920-1940)
  • World War II (1941-1945)
  • The Cold War & Societal Change (1945-2000)
  • New Century, New Challenges (2000-present)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is comprised encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including very detailed entries. The History Collection includes useful resources for researching the U.S. Congress  including:

American Decades - A Cross-disciplinary source for junior and high school students and teachers, public librarians and general researchers who need to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history (1900-1999).

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History - Provides a broad overview of war throughout American history, with a special emphasis on how war effects, and is affected by, political, economic, and social change in American and global society.

Britannica E-Books (under High School resources)

Duignan, Brian. ed, Political Systems, Structures, and Functions. Chicago: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2013. EPUB.

Governance is a complex process, often divided among various structures and institutions. Local, regional, national, and even supranational entities each have their own formal and informal institutions that comprise a political system. Readers will use this comprehensive volume to examine the various types, structures, and functions of government around the world, as well as the evolution of political systems and the factors contributing to their rise and fall.


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