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Emily Tock

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Search Examples for

Here are some examples illustrating a range of search options in

1.  Find a Public Law:  Basic Search Example

"lilly ledbetter fair pay act"

"lilly ledbetter fair pay act" [Refine by Collection:  Public and Private Law (under "See More")]

Public Law 111-2 - Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 [Summary/Detail view]

Public Law 111 - 2 - Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 [Related Documents]

Remarks on Signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 [Presidential Signing Statements and Remarks]

See also:  Public and Private Laws

Hint:  In the Detail/Summary view, hover over underlined fields.  Also, try clicking on:  "i"

2.  Search the Congressional Record (Bound):  Advanced Search Example

collection:(CRECB) AND publishdate:range(1973-01-01,1973-12-31) AND content:(chisholm domestic minimum wage)

See also:  Congressional Record (Bound)

3.  Find Congressional Hearings:  Filters and Operators Search Example

Hint:  Check how may search results you get.  Within the PDF, try a search for Control F: spy.

clinton fundraising china spy

clinton fundraising china spy [Refine by:  Congressional Hearings.  Then by:  House Government Reform Committee.]

clinton fundraising (china or chinese) (spy* or spies or espionage) [This broadens your search]

clinton fundraising (china or chinese) (spy* or spies or espionage) [Refine by: Congressional Hearings.  Then by: 2000]

clinton fundraising (china near/20 spy) [This narrows your search]

Advanced Search Example:

collection:(CHRG) AND publishdate:range(1997-01-01,2000-12-31) AND committee:(government reform) AND content:(fundraising)

See also Congressional Hearings and Search Query Operators and Common Field Operators.

4.  Search by Member of Congress

"jim banks"

"jim banks" [Refine by:  Congressional Bills.  Then by: Sponsor and Co-sponsor]

member:banks [Hint:  In some cases, this identifies remarks by the member]

Advanced Search Example:

collection:(CREC) AND publishdate:range(,2018-05-23) AND memberyes:(young) AND memberno:(donnelly) AND title:(tax cuts and jobs act)

5.  Document in Context Example:

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

159 Cong. Rec. S5112 - Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act [First result, then choose: Document in Context]

Hint:  Scroll down to the orange bar to see your document in context.

6.  Executive Orders:  Featured Content Example

Executive Orders [Scroll down to browse]

presdoctype:execord and president:(Trump or Obama) and immigration

Inspire Indiana Databases

Inspire databases, available to all Indiana residents, include helpful summaries and analysis of many laws, bills and other legislative topics.  If you have access to a university or public library, try also their article databases.  For example, if you're at Purdue University Fort Wayne, try the political science and public policy databases.

Websites and Guides: Helpful for Using with on Legislative Research