Legislative history consists of documents with information considered by the legislature prior to enacting a law. It can help to understand why a law became a law or why it did not. Also many students will be interested in legislative history as a method for statutory interpretation.
Of course you can always find numerous useful resources for researching legislative history in the Law Library! You may begin your research on the 1st Floor North where many print resources are located. Some of the print resources in the Library include US Code, USCAN, USCS, US Statutes At Large, The Federal Register, CFR, USCA, CIS, and LSA's.
Before beginning your legislative research, familiarize yourself with the process of the legislatvie histories and the different terminoligy and publications associated with that process. To do this, you may start with some LibGuides such as Researching Statutes which can be found on the Library's LibGuide Page along with numerous other resources.
When starting your legislative research, it is best to find a compiled legislative history which is a collection of documents that make up the legislative history of a given law. HeinOnline researchers should begin their U.S. federal legislative history research with Nancy Johnson's, Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories, which often includes references to law review articles on-point to a particular legislative history. Johnson's as well as many other sources can be found from HeinOnline's Homepage. Simply click on "U.S. Federal Legislative History Library" or this link and you can browse laws by publication title, public law numbers or popular name.
HeinOnline's U.S. Federal Legislative History Library is an excellent source for legislative research. When searching the database it may be useful to begin with a popular name or a public law number.
In addition to the inclusion of comprehensive federal legislative histories published by the U.S. GPO and private publishers, this library also includes a unique finding aid based on Nancy Johnson's award-winning work, Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories. Researchers should begin their U.S. federal legislative history research with this finding aid, which often includes references to law review articles on-point to a particular legislative history. Library description obtained from: heinonline.org