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Legal Research for UNT Students

Resources for students new to legal research

Legislative History

Federal legislative history refers to the documents produced by and for Congress as a bill is introduced, considered, debated and ultimately approved. The legislative history of a statute can be used to determine the intent of the legislature. Understanding the intent of the legislature can bolster your argument for how an ambiguous statute should be interpreted.

Legislative History Research Guide from Georgetown Law Library

Federal Legislative History: Initial Steps from the Law Library of Congress

Infographic of how our laws are made

Resources for Tracking Legislative History

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