Your ProQuest Account ID has many different uses. A quick and easy way to find your account ID is to simply search Proquest Congressional. Any item with a permalink (which is every record in the database!) shows the your account ID.
The search here was for gross domestic product. From the results list, click on the Permalink, and look at the URL. Your Account ID should be at the end of the character string.
Senate Executive Documents, also known by their facet, Treaty and Nomination Reports and Documents, are treated as a facet of the Serial Set documents (though they haven't always been published as part of the Serial Set).
To start out searching for only these documents, use the phrase "Treaty and Nomination Reports and Documents" in one of the search boxes, and use the other search box for your search term (e.g. Paris or copyright).
If you forget to enter the document type in your search, you can easily limit your search results using the facets on the right, or the "more options" at the bottom of the list of document types.
Finally, if you have the document number (or letter) for one of these, you can use the Search by Number form.
Note - please select Exec.doc. for the document type. There are several that are quite similar.
Depending on the information that you are starting with, you may need to find the proper legislative citation in order to retrieve documents related to that citation. This is one way to generate a legislative history "on the fly," because ProQuest Congressional "tags" or cross-references all of the different publications in the legislative process of a particular legislative history with three citations- a bill number, a Public Law number (also called the slip law) and the Statute at Large citation (or the session law number).
The Public Law or PL number is the best piece of information to be used on Congressional because it is common to the most sources. After enactment and/or publication, our editors add this number to the meta-data in the abstracts for all the publications in our digital collections. If you are starting with a section or subsection of the United States Code (US Code, USC, USCS, or USCA), here is how to find the Public Law number:
Using the Search by Number page to search for a legislative history brings back other content types, so how do I set up a search to retrieve only the legislative history?
Use the Advanced Search form in Congressional. On the Advanced search form you can select the document type you want to retrieve, so deselect the others and check the box for Legislative Histories.
Note: If your institution subscribes to Legislative Insight, you'll want to use that as that has the best collection of Legislative Histories.
After selecting the document type (Legislative Histories), you can type in the keywords or the public law number in the search box.
To search using a public law number, note that the law number can be formatted several ways (the PL must be in caps):
To bookmark or save a search that you have done, do the following:
Links can be used in IM's, guides, emails, etc.
When the law is codified or added to the US Code, the History section of the US Code mentioned earlier gives us the pinpoint page number to the location in the Statutes at Large compilation where the particular enactment or amendment begins. Because some Acts can be quite large, this is a quick way to go right to the exact spot where a section begins.
ProQuest Congressional Statutes at Large digital collection only allows laws to be retrieved using the first page of the session law, so copying and pasting, or using the Search by Number form with these internal page number citations may not retrieve any results. To find the starting page number citation for the law, the most efficient way is to use the citation you have, and do a full text search.
Step 1: Type the citation, in quotes, in the Basic Search form. For example "110 Stat. 464"
Note: The quotes are essential as they tell the search engine to find an exact match in full text.
Step 2: Click Search
Step 3: Sort your results, oldest first.
In the image shown below you can see the the results are sorted with oldest first, and the second option shows the Statute with the the document beginning on page 186. Now use this new citation for your Congressional searches.