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Search Syntax for Searching the Federal Register Publication

The following table displays the search fields that are available when searching across just the Federal Register. The syntax is the text you would use when building a search. The example illustrates how the syntax is used in a search query. NOTE: The Federal Register is only indexed to each day, it is not indexed to the Agency level. Therefore, when searching across the Federal Register you must search the full text and/or narrow to a specific day using the section description field (see example below).

Field Name Syntax Example
Section Description description description:”Tuesday January 4, 2011″
Full Text text text:”Clean Air Act”

If you wish to narrow your search to a range of years or an entire year, use the date fields provided below the title listing on the search form and insert a begin year and an end year.

 

Search Syntax for Searching the Other Publications in the Library

The following table displays the search fields that are available when searching in the Federal Register Library. The syntax is the text you would use when building a search. The example illustrates how the syntax is used in a search query.

Field Name Syntax Example
Volume Title voltitle voltitle:”United States Government Manual”
Volume Date date date:2005
Section Title title title:”Boards, Committees and Commissions”
Section Description description description:”Executive Agencies”
Full Text text text:”Boston Edison Company”

 

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