SERIAL SET: Using The United States Serial Set in the Marriott Library: Using the United States Serial Set in the Marriott Library

A brief guide to using the U.S. Serial Set collections in the Marriott Library.

Paper Serial Set

Searching the US Serial Set Within Marriott Library Databases

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Sections of the U.S. Serial Set

The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as 'the Serial Set,' contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress.  It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817).  Congressional documents from before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers.

The American State Papers (1789 - 1838)

Online: available from the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress

Paper: The American State Papers are available in paper as the first 38 volumes of the 'Serial Set.' 

The U.S. Congressional Serial Set (15th Congress, 1st Session (1817) - present)

Online: The Government Printing Office Federal Digital System (FDsys) has Serial Set documents and reports published in digital format starting with the 104th Congress, 1st Session (1995-96 to present).

Paper: Usearch has paper copies of select Serial Set volumes from volume 1 to 14387 (1817 - 1996), which are stored in the Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) and need to be recalled by library staff from Special Collections, on the 4th floor.  See the note on searching Serial Set volumes in Usearch to the left.

Microfiche: Usearch has U.S. documents and reports up to the 91st Congress, 1st Session (1969-70) on CIS microfiche, which are located in cabinets on the south side of the Marriott Library on the 2nd Floor.  These are in order by Congress and report number, which may be searched in the Lexis Nexis Congressional Universe database, to the left.



Note: Consult the Schedule of Volumes at left in order to know which volume of the Serial Set contains the specific document or report you want.  If you want Serial Set materials prior to 1970, use the LexisNexis Congressional Universe database at left or the CIS U.S. Serial Set Index in the Knowledge Commons Microfiche Reference shelves to find the volume number.

Some (but not all) Serial Set publications are listed individually in Usearch.  These have the call number "SERIAL SET," and the item record tells you which volume to recall from the ARC.

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