How do I build a search with multiple terms in the U.S. Congressional Documents?

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How do I build a search with multiple terms in the U.S. Congressional Documents?


You can build a search with multiple terms in the U.S. Congressional Documents database. Follow the examples below:

Example Search:  We want to search in the Congressional Record for the section of the transcript from the House Proceedings on April 30, 2003 in which Congressman Mr. Sessions spoke to the floor regarding the act entitled “Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003”, introduced as bill H.R. 1350. We may also want to look up references to Rollcall votes no. 149 and/or 154 as is relevant to this bill.

Click on the Advanced Search option at the top of the main page.

Search in the Congressional Record Bound and Daily volumes for Mr. Sessions in full text, on April 30, 2003 in the House proceedings. Here’s how you construct this field search:

Now, Search Within the Results to find references to the bill, H.R. 1350. Click on the “Search Within These Results” button which looks like an arrow at the top of the listed results.

Next, you will type text:”H.R. 1350″ to go more in depth.

 

You can also conduct a search using the Full Text tab at the top of the main page when using multiple terms.

To formulate the above, you can construct the query in one of the following ways:

    • Enter the following syntax into the search box:

text:”Mr. Sessions” AND description:”April 30″ AND description:”House” AND voltitle:”Congressional Record” AND voldate:”2003″

(then search within these results for H.R. 1350, as we did above)

    • Or, select the titles in the title listing, enter 2003 in the begin and end date fields and enter the following query into the search box:

text:”Mr. Sessions” AND description:”April 30″ AND description:”House”

(then search for H.R. 1350 within the results)

    • Or you can add the bill to your search query so that it looks like this:

text:”Mr. Sessions” AND description:”April 30″ AND description:”House” AND text:” H.R. 1350″ AND voltitle:”Congressional Record” AND voldate:”2003″

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