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Policy File Index: Searchable Fields

Unique resource for U.S. public policy research

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

Policy File Index offers three Look ups or browseable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a specific subject. You can find the Look up links in the More search options of the Advanced Search page.  They are available for the following searchable fields: author (only from the dropdown next to the search box)subject, and company/organization.  For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Select the Look up link and then you will see a browseable and alphabetical index for that field. 

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the Advanced Search form.

Searchable Fields

Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation



AB(retirement age)

We use the journal-provided abstract with little or no modification, or have members from our editorial team write an abstract from scratch, drawing on the article’s text and concepts. Our team’s goal is to make the article’s point as clearly and succinctly as possible.



(American attitude)

Enter keyword(s) without a field code label to search the entire record.






Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author.

Author names may be entered as:

Last Name First Name
First Name Last Name



ORG(Council on Foreign Relations)

Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article.

Document Title



TI(Voter attitude)

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.



NT(ISBN 1-878428-32-2) or NT(R103)

Searches for keywords in Notes. Notes include Publication or document information.

Subject Heading (All)


SU(International trade)

Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject.

To run an exact subject search where only "International trade" is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.

SU.EXACT(International trade)