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ProQuest Legislative Insight

SELECTING A DATABASE: WHEN SHOULD YOU USE LEGISLATIVE INSIGHT?

Use ProQuest Legislative Insight if:

  • You are doing a federal legislative history
  • You want documents published by the U.S. Congress for bills before they become a U.S. Public Law, such as
    • Versions of the bill and related bills
    • Reports
    • Hearings
    • Committee prints
    • Congressional Record sections
    • Presidential Signing Statements  

 

Use ProQuest Congressional Insight if:

  • You want documents or a legislative history for bills that do NOT become law (as well as for bills that do)
  • You find Congressional Insight more user-friendly, and prefer it because it contains a lot of the same information as Legislative Insight

GENERAL SEARCH TIPS

Which search should I use?

  • Use "Search by Number" if you know a number for a bill or document
  • Otherwise, use "Guided Search"

How to search?

  • In both Quick Search and Guided Search you can use AND, OR, and NOT in your searches. 
    • Search for documents that contain all of your possible words (for example: cocaine AND sentencing)
    • Search for documents that contain at least one of you possible words (for example: "climate change" OR "global warming")
    • Include a word but exclude others (for example: teaching NOT shortage). 
  • If you want to search a phrase, put the phrase in quotes 
  • Use a question mark and asterisk to expand word variations in your search
    • A question mark replaces a single letter in a word, so mari?uana would search for both marijuana and marihuana   
    • An asterisk can replace single or multiple letters, so walk* would retrieve walk, walks, walked, walkers, and walking 
  • Use NEAR/ to search for words that are near one another
    • For example, "stem cell" NEAR/5 research, retrieves documents that have "stem cell" within five words of "research"