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ProQuest Congressional


Advantages to using Basic Search:

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

Disadvantages to using Basic 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 Advanced Search, you will spend much more time sifting through your results

Using Basic Search:

  • Type your search terms into the search bar 
  • Below the search bar there is a "Find Terms" link that brings up some popular search terms, geographic areas, publication sources, and names which you can search by
  • Below the search bar you can limit by date






  • A search for a bill proposed by Dianne Feinstein involving firearms brought back too many results (limiting the search by date would have retrieved less)
  • Along the left-hand side of the page we can filter our results by date, document type (e.g. bill text, House and Senate journals, Congressional Record Daily Edition, etc.), committee source, agency source, subject term, and presidential administration.
  • You can also search your results by entering new search terms and checking the "search within results" box

Filtering the results makes sorting through through them much easier: