“This paper is the culmination of a six-year effort to reveal the citation patterns of U.S. congressional committee level publications in the professional journal literature. Using the Web of Science database (from the beginning of its coverage through 2005) the author culled 16,395 records that cited congressional hearings, prints, and reports and documents. Gathering and recording this data required a sustained effort over several years. Particular attention was paid to committee prints and hearings published over the period, 19602000. Some findings were counter intuitive; some were less surprising; some findings may inform government documents specialists in the collecting, retaining, and digitizing of U.S. congressional committee level government documents.”
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