Advanced Search allows you to create complex searches that focus your results. You can:
By default, you are searching for your term Anywhere (e.g. in any field) except the full text.
If you are interested in searching for a subject or another controlled vocabulary term, choose Find terms to view a list of controlled terms to pick from.
Retrieve testimony of witnesses in Congressional hearings and statements of participants in Congressional panels.
Retrieve bills using a sponsor name. Or, you can specify the type of bill you want to retrieve. Please note that Bill Amendments are available as a separate type through 1991.
Retrieve vote reports for votes with a certain sponsor, or votes in a chamber of Congress.
Search Congressional Record for statements by Members on a specific topic. Search Congressional Record Bound, if available, by topic within a specific content type, section, or index volume.
When you first access this form, two keyword search term input boxes appear on the screen. The fields are separated from each other by two drop-down lists: the search within option, which defaults to Anywhere except full text, and the connector option, which defaults to "AND".
The idea behind having two keyword fields is that you can use them in tandem to build very powerful searches. For example, you could build a search that looks for different phrases in different parts of a document (e.g., human rights in full text and Korea in the title). Or, you could build a search that looks for one phrase, but excludes all results that include another term. Or, you could build a search that looks for two phrases that occur within a certain number of words from each other (e.g., southern california and fire within 10 words of each other in full text).
To perform an advanced search:
Selecting a segment/field to search
Use the search in drop-down list to specify which segments/fields you would like to search.
For example, if you select Subject from the drop-down list, your search will only return results for records in which your search term appears within the subject term.
The choices that appear within the drop-down list depend on your institution's subscriptions and purchases.
Connecting your search terms
Use the logical connectors drop-down lists that appear between the three search terms input boxes to establish a relationship between two search terms.
For example, if you were searching for information on child labor legislation as it relates to mining, you could type child labor in the first field and mining in the second, then join them by selecting AND. This way, you would retrieve only those materials that mention "child labor" and "mining".