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EDUC 6560: Legal Problems in Higher Education

A course guide for GSEHD students on how to conduct legal research on topics related to higher education

Step-by-Step Research about a Current Federal Bill

Step One: Find a Higher Education Bill Currently Being Considered By Congress

These types of sources, (1) News/Media, (2) Education, and (3) Congressional can be used to search for timely issues and actions in higher education that are currently being considered by Congress. Here are a few:

(1) News/Current Awareness Sources

(2) Education Sources

(3) Congressional Sources

Step Two: Identify the Bill Number (e.g. S.134 or H.R. 3370)

Knowing a bill number is key to finding information on the bill.  If the source where you learned about the bill did not include the bill number, which general news publications often do not, you can find the bill by searching for it by topic in one of the "congressional sources" listed above, ProQuest Congressional.


Search by keyword (e.g. "higher education") and limit by date (e.g. previous year) to find the Bill number

Step Three: Retrieve the Bill Tracking Report

ProQuest Congressional provides an online Bill Tracking Report within the legislative history beginning with P.L. 101-1 (1989). Links are provided to the full text for dates of consideration of the bill reported in the Congressional Record.

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