Tip of the Week: How to Use the Serial Set Lookup Tools

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HeinOnline contains the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, a must-have publication for anyone studying American history. This indispensable resource includes two centuries worth of documents from both the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

To make this content more discoverable, we have created lookup tools found directly on the U.S. Congressional Serial Set homepage. In this Tip of the Week, we’ll explore how to use the Serial Set Lookup Tools. Watch this short tutorial or keep reading to learn more.

How to Use the Serial Set Lookup Tools

Need to pull up a House or Senate report? Navigate to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set homepage to find the Serial Set Lookup Tools.

Serial Set lookup tools

Citation Lookup Tool

Use the series of drop-downs within the Citation Lookup Tool to select the document type, Congress, and document number. For example, let’s search for House Report number 100 from the 111th Congress.

Serial Set citation lookup tool

This tool will pull up the full listing of the document, including all the metadata points used to locate the document.

metadata points in search result

Also included are the the preferred citation, the Bluebook citation, and the Serial Set citation.

document listing in Serial Set

PRO TIP: All of these citation formats can also be used within the one-box search using the citation option from anywhere in HeinOnline.

image of one-box citation search

Simply click on the hyperlinked title to open the document. 

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House report in HeinOnline

Free-Field Lookup Tool 

If you’re already familiar with the citation formats available in the Serial Set, you may also enter the correct report citation into the free-field citation lookup tool. 

image of serial set lookup tool

Alternatively, if you just want to navigate to a specific volume within the Serial Set, enter the volume number into the designated box.

image of volume lookup tool

Next, from the results page, you will see an entire listing of all documents found within that volume. 

image of volume listing in Serial Set

U.S. Congressional Serial Set LibGuide

For additional help navigating this database, check out our dedicated LibGuide where you can find helpful searching tips and tricks and links to our dedicated blog series where we uncover Secrets of the Serial Set.

image of Serial Set LibGuide

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