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Social Work Policy Research

Finding Bills and Laws

Federal Legislation

Search directly using the search box below.


    • Nonpartisan source for legislative information and statistics.

  • Govinfo
    • Free public access to official government publications.
  • Congressional Research Service Reports
    • Research reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).  CRS is a nonpartisan branch of the Library of Congress that provides research services to Congress.

State Legislation

  • Illinois General Assembly
    • Under "Legislation & Laws" heading, find links to "Bills & Resolutions" and "Public Acts."
  • Wisconsin State Legislature
    • Select 'Law and Legislation' on the right-hand side of the page to find search tools.
  • Openstates
    • Public website that allows you to search for state legislative information.

Search Tips

  • Use filters on the left-hand side of the results pages.  Ex: Bill Type, Status of Legislation, Subject, etc.
  • Use the 'browse' features to see the legislation for various topics.
  • When you find an interesting piece of legislation, look it up in Google or the library databases to see if people are talking about it.


Citing Bills


  • House of Representatives:  Title, H.R. bill or resolution number, ### Cong. (year). URL [optional]
  • Senate:  Title, S. bill or resolution number, ### Cong. (year). URL [optional]



In-Text Citations


  • Senate Bill 1312 (2017)
  • (S. 1312, 2017)
  • (H.R. 2245, 2017)


Further Resources

Social Work Databases

Political Science and Public Policy Databases




Library Information

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