This database provides access to Congressional publications and legislative histories; bills, laws, and regulations; member biographical and committee assignment information, as well as other related sources of information.
Search ProQuest Congressional for the Legislative History of a selected Public Law (PL) addressing your chosen social problem.
First, note any PLs between 1993 and a couple of years ago. PLs in this time range will most readily lend themselves to conducting research using electronic, as opposed to print, formats (although this is not always ideal – for example, hearings in print can be more complete than electronic copies) and will not be so new as to make it difficult to find any assessment of the law and resulting program.
Next, look at the following sections of the entry for a PL:
(1) Is the SUMMARY brief? If not, the PL may include provisions for different programs and should be avoided if possible. Avoid any PL with the word Omnibus in its title.
(2) Are there any HEARINGS and REPORTS? If not, you will not have enough resources for your research and you should thus avoid the PL.
Depending on what you have found so far, you may be able to proceed with the originally selected PL. If not, select a different PL.