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How to Find US House & Senate Documents in CIS


Example:

Find the 1991 Congressional Hearings on the publication "1986 Memorandum on the Export of Softwood Lumber Products from Canada" in the Congressional Information Service (CIS) microfiche.

Step 1 - CIS Index volume

call number - US7 CIS C58 (Documents Reference Collection)

  • use the CIS number (Hxxx) to find an abstract in the accompanying Abstract volume.
  • use the CIS number (Hxxx) to find the microfiche, which contains the full text of the document.
    Note: it is useful to look ahead a year (e.g. 1992) as well in case the document did not make it into the CIS set in the actual year of publication.

Step 2 - Cumulative Index to the "Monthly Catalogue of United States Government Publications"

call number - US1 GP M51 (Documents Reference Collection)

  • using the Keyword index, look up softwood lumber
  • take note of accession number associated with the publications (e.g. 91-21074
  • in the catalogue, look up the accession number (e.g. 91-21074)
  • take note of the SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) Number (e.g. Ym:Sm1: 102-3)
  • using the CIS Index to the SuDoc Numbers (at the back of the index) to find the associated CIS number (e.g. H721-30)

Step 3 - Microfiche

in the CIS Microfiche cabinets, find the drawer for the year (1991) and then find the fiche number (H721-30).





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