Government Documents


U.S. Constitution Day, 2022

On September 17, 1787, after months of debate, our Founding Fathers sat down at the Constitutional Convention and signed one of the most significant documents of our nation’s history: the U.S. Constitution. Since its ratification in 1789, the Constitution has been the primary basis for our country’s government and fundamental laws. In 2005, Congress officially established September 17th as Constitution & Citizenship Day as a way to celebrate this influential document. But as our society has evolved, so have the perspectives on this founding document. Constitutional debates are ongoing as people continue to disagree on how the Constitution should be interpreted in modern circumstances, with opinions varying greatly in both Congress and the Supreme Court.

We invite you now to browse some of our department’s Constitutional resources and commemorative display as we explore Constitution & Citizenship Day 2022; see how Congress is currently discussing issues and legislation that directly reflect the ongoing debates surrounding modern attitudes and interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. Our Constitution display can be found at Marx Library on 2nd Floor South with a 9-page bibliography for additional information.


Celebrating Citizenship Day, 2022

Constitution & Citizenship Day was first established in 2005 as a way to celebrate America’s founding document and to recognize all those working to become U.S. citizens. The steps for gaining citizenship in America are quite rigorous, and a large portion of the naturalization interview deals heavily with the Constitution and its place in our everyday lives. Consequently, September 17th is a day to celebrate those looking to embark on the citizenship process, and with the current cynicism surrounding words like “immigrant” and “immigration,” it is important to recognize the strength and perseverance of those trying to create better lives for themselves and their families. 

We invite you now to browse some of our department’s citizenship resources and commemorative display as we celebrate Constitution & Citizenship Day 2022. Our Citizenship display can be found at Marx Library on 2nd Floor South, near the library's South entrance, with a 3-page bibliography for additional information.


Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is still with us! And while anyone from down South knows the full capabilities of these super storms, those new to the area might find this annual surge in severe weather a little daunting. Tropical cyclones are capable of damaging winds, high levels of rainfall, and widespread community damage; hurricane preparedness is essential for these very reasons. From building emergency kits to fortifying storm shelters, there’s a lot that can be done to prepare for these super storms. Hurricanes have always greatly impacted the southeast region of the United States, but with growing concerns of intensified weather patterns, it is imperative now more than ever to be aware, be prepared, and to take action. 

We invite you now to browse some of our department’s hurricane preparedness resources and informative display as we approach the most active months of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The display can be found at Marx Library on 2nd Floor South with additional handouts and an 8-page bibliography for more information.


Topics in the News -- Some recent reports from the Congressional Research Service:

Membership of the 117th Congress: A Profile   (8/31/22)

Overview of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, H.R. 8152  (8/31/22)

Women in Congress, 1917-2022: Service Dates and Committee Assignments by Member, and Lists by State and Congress  (8/30/22)

Women in Congress:  Statistics and Brief Overview  (8/30/22)

Critical Minerals in Electric Vehicle Batteries  (8/29/22)

The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant: A Legal Introduction  (8/29/22)

Russian Military Actions at Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants  (8/29/22)

U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine  (8/29/22)

Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy: In Brief  (8/26/22)

The Administration’s Newly Announced Student Loan Debt Cancellation Policy  (8/26/22)

The Metaverse: Concepts and Issues for Congress  (8/26/22)

Firearms Dealers “Engaged in the Business”  (8/19/22)

Election Worker Safety and Privacy  (8/18/22)

Constitutional Limits on States’ Power over Foreign Affairs  (8/15/22)

Climate Liability Suits: Is There a Path to Federal Court?  (8/12/22)

The Protection of Classified Information: The Legal Framework  (8/12/22)

State Laws Restricting or Prohibiting Abortion  (8/11/22)

Forecasting Tropical Cyclones: NOAA’s Role  (8/10/22)

Unauthorized Immigrants: Frequently Asked Questions  (8/10/22)

2022 Hurricane Outlooks and 2021 Hurricane Season Review  (8/9/22)

Gun Control: Straw Purchase and Gun Trafficking Provisions  (8/9/22)

What Is the Blue Economy?  (8/5/22)

Maintaining Electric Reliability with Wind and Solar Sources: Background and Issues for Congress  (8/4/22)

Procedures for Declassifying Intelligence of Public Interest  (8/4/22)

False Speech and the First Amendment: Constitutional Limits on Regulating Misinformation  (8/1/22)