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ProQuest Legislative Insight

QUICK SEARCH IN LEGISLATIVE INSIGHT

Advantages to using Quick Search:

  • You don't need to know very much detail about the history you want to retrieve

Disadvantages to using Quick Search:

  • You will likely retrieve too many results to find what you want easily
  • Even though you will spend less time formulating your search than in Guided Search, you will spend much more time sifting through your results

Using Quick Search:

  • Type your search terms into the search bar 
  • Next to the search bar there is a link that brings up a list many popular names for acts which you can search by
  • On the left side of the screen you can narrow by publication type (bill, signing statement, etc.) and by the Congress that passed the bill

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FILTERING RESULTS IN QUICK SEARCH

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  • A search for the Patriot Act brought back too many results (using quotes around the search would have retrieved less)
  • Along the left-hand side of the page we can filter our results by publication type (e.g. bill, report, signing statement, etc.), Congress session, dates, subject term, area of practice, and source (e.g. House Judiciary Committee).

 

Filtering the results makes sorting through through them much easier:

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