Citation Guide: Chicago Manual of Style (Author/Date System)

Publications of Congress

1. Congressional Record/General Citation

References List Format:
List the Congressional Record (in italics), the year, the abbreviated number of Congress, the abbreviated number of session, the volume number (numeral only) and the abbreviated pt. number. Include the page number(s) (if appropriate). 

Congressional Record. 1995. 104th Cong., 1st sess. Vol. 141, pt. 26.


2. Congressional Record/Speaker Citation

References List Format:
List the Speaker’s name (last name first), the year, a brief description of the remarks, the resolution number (if appropriate), the abbreviated number of Congress, the abbreviated number of session, the phrase “Cong Rec” (abbreviated and in italics), the day, month, volume number, pt. number and page number(s) (if appropriate). 

Kennedy, Edward. 1995. Senator Kennedy of Massachusetts reintroducing the Equal Remedies Act. 104th Cong., 1st sess. Cong. Rec., 30 Jan., vol. 141, pt. 10.


3. Congressional Records and Documents

References List Format:
Congressional Body or Committee Name. Year. Report or Document Title-in italics. Number of Congress-abbreviated, Number of Session-abbreviated,. Document Number. Serial Number-if available.

U.S. Congress. 1982. South Dakota Water Resource Development. 97th Cong., 2d sess. S. Doc. 514. Serial 13452.


4. Congressional Journals

References List Format:
List the Congressional body name, the name of the journal (in italics), the year, number of Congress (abbreviated), the number of session (abbreviated), the day, month and year. .

U.S. Congress. Senate Journal. 1996. 104th Cong., 2d sess., 20 February.

Or

U.S. Senate Journal. 1996. 104th Cong., 2d sess., 20 February.


5. Congressional Hearings

References List Format:
List the Congressional body name, the year, the Committee name, the title of the Hearing (in italics), the abbreviated number of Congress, the abbreviated number of session, the day and month. 

U.S. Senate. 1990. Committee on Foreign Relations. U.S. Policy in the Persian Gulf: Hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations. 101st Cong., 2d sess. 4-5 December.


6. Congressional Committee Prints

References List Format:
List the Congressional body name, the year, the Committee name, the title of the report (in italics), the phrase “Report prepared by” followed by the name of the agency or department person(s), the abbreviated number of Congress, the abbreviated number of session, and the Committee Print number. 

U.S. Senate. 1973. Committee on Public Works. Effects and methods of control of thermal discharges. Report prepared by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 93rd Cong., 1st sess. Committee Print 14.


7. Congressional Bills and Resolutions

Note: Congressional bills and resolutions are normally cited in the running text of a document, however, when included in the References List, follow the example below.

References List Format:
List the Congressional body name, the year, the Bill or Resolution title (in italics), the abbreviated number of Congress, abbreviated number of session, the Bill or Resolution number, the phrase “Congressional Record” (in italics), and record information (if applicable). 

U.S. House. 1995. Interstate Child Support Enforcement Act. 104th Cong., 1st sess., H.R. 195. Congressional Record, 241, no. 4, daily ed. (9 January): H168.


8. Laws and Statutes Published as Slip Laws

References List Format:
List the name of Law (when available; in italics), the U.S. Public Law numbers, the abbreviated number of Congress, the abbreviated number of session, the day, month and year. 

U.S. Public Law 105-258. 105th Cong., 2d sess., 14 October 1998.


9. Laws and Statures Collected in Statutes at Large

References List Format:
List U.S. Statutes at Large (in italics), the year, the volume number, the page number(s) and the name of the law (when available; in italics). 

U.S. Statutes at Large. 1888. Vol. 25, p. 476.


10. Laws and Statutes Incorporated Into the U.S. Code

References List Format:
List the law, statute, or act title (in italics), U.S. Code (in italics), the volume number and the section number. 

Farm Credit Act. 1959. U.S. Code Annotated. Vol. 42, sec. 410.

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