Tip of the Day: How to Quickly Search the History of Bills and Resolutions in the Congressional Documents Collection

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Here’s today’s Tip of the Day in honor of Customer Appreciation Week:

If you want to quickly search across the History of Bills and Resolutions from the Congressional Record bound volumes, this tip will illustrate the fastest and most effective way to do so.

From the U.S. Congressional Documents collection home page, under the Resources Tab, there is a Browse option and a link “History of Bills and Resolutions”.

When you click that link, it will generate a complete search for all the History of Bills and Resolutions sections within the Congressional Record bound Volumes and return them in a search results listing.  The left side of the search results will show the date facets…

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Tip of the Day: How to Find a Section in the CFR

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Here is today’s Tip of the Day in honor of our Customer Appreciation Week!

If you have a specific CFR citation, you can use the CFR Citation Locator tool from the CFR home page to generate a search for the citation.   In using this tool, there are a few things you should know.  The CFR in HeinOnline is indexed to the part level, it is not indexed to the section level.  Therefore, to find a section in the CFR, you have to generate a text search for the section.  When you use the CFR citation locator tool on the CFR home page, the system will generate a full-text search for you based upon the criteria you entered for the year…

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Tip of the Day: How to Use Boosting in a Search Query

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Have you ever wanted to place more relevance on a single term or phrase within your search query? If so, you can use boosting to influence the relevancy ranking of your search results.

Check out the Tip of the Day via our YouTube video, or continue below the video to read a full-text version of this tip.

For example, if you are searching for three terms but want to place more importance and relevance on one of the terms, you can boost the term using the carot symbol ^ (Shift + 6 on your keyboard).

Many often ask, what is the range for boosting, do the numbers go between 1 and 10 or 1 and 100…

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Tip of the Week: Where can I find a House or Senate Report in HeinOnline?

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Committee Reports are considered to be one of the most important documents of legislative history research.  All House and Senate Reports are published in the United States Congressional Serial Set, which is not a resource available in HeinOnline.  However, HeinOnline may still have a House or Senate Report available in it’s  U.S. Federal Legislative History collection which contains more than 1,000 full-text legislative histories. So, how do you determine if we have the report or not?

Check out this week’s how-to video on YouTube, or continue reading below the video for a full-text version.

  1. First, determine what public law the committee report is tied to.
  2. Then, navigate to HeinOnline’s U.S…

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Tip of the Week: How to do a Proximity and Wildcard Search in the Same Search Query

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We often get the question, “can I do a proximity search and a wildcard search in the same search string?” Unfortunately, the answer is no, you can’t.  Our current syntax does not support the use of a proximity search and a wildcard search in the same search string.  However, that does not mean you can’t construct a search in HeinOnline to accommodate both of those search functions and find what you’re looking for.  Check out the video tutorial below to see an example illustrating how you would construct a search in which you want to use both the proximity and wildcard functions.  Or, continue reading below the video for the full-text version of the tip.

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