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"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning." from web site

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CQ Press Political Reference Suite of Online Editions integrates many of CQ Press's acclaimed reference titles on government and politics into a user-friendly, electronic format that offers a number of Web-enabled features that makes navigating this wealth of content intuitive and easy.

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The Exhibit Hall from the National Archives covers topics of current and historical interest. Recent exhibits include:

  • The Charters of Freedom
  • Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman
  • The Way We Worked
  • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
  • The Deadly Virus
  • Picturing the Century
  • Treasures of Congress
  • Designs for Democracy
  • When Nixon Met Elvis
  • A New Deal for the Arts
  • Panoramic Photography
  • John H. White: Portrait of Black Chicago

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ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional/CIS) is a comprehensive index to materials by and relating to the U.S. Congress and the legislative process. The database indexes materials including hearings, committee prints and publications, and legislative histories.

The University of Akron has access to the full text of all published and unpublished Congressional hearings held 1824-1979; committee prints and publications; Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports; and the fully indexed Congressional Record. The PDFs are fully searchable and include transcripts and materials submitted for the record. The University of Akron also has access to the full text of the Serial Set from 1789 to 2003. This resource includes historical illustrations, maps, and statistical tables. These full-text collections may be accessed on campus or remotely by logging into the proxy server. OhioLINK authenticated users will not be able to access all full-text collections.

The U.S Serial Set includes reports and documents either produced or ordered by Congress, as well as presidential communications and treaty materials. Of particular importance to those who study law, the Serial Set contains Congressional legislative reports that provide unrivaled insight into the legislative intent of laws enacted before 2003.

Congressional Hearings contain full transcripts of congressional proceedings, including oral statements, committee questions, and discussion. They also contain texts of related reports, statistical analyses, correspondence, exhibits, and articles presented by witnesses or inserted into the record by committee members and staff.

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The American Presidency Project contains more than 85,000 documents related to the Presidents of the United States, including The Messages and Papers of the President, The Public Papers of the President, The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, party platforms, remarks, debates, and executive orders. Search by date, president, or topic.

APP is hosted by UC Santa Barbara.

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