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Search Tips

There are two search screens on the CQ Magazine web site. Use one search screen to search for articles in CQ Magazine and use the other to search for floor votes. There is also a Quick Search box in the navigation bar for searches on keywords and the default searching criteria.

This document provides general tips on searching as well as a list of search commands and search operators.

Using the Search Articles Screen

Keyword

Enter into the keyword input box the word(s) or phrase(s) that you wish to search for. The default search searches for your word or phrase in the CQ Magazine text and titles. You can select "Search Article Titles Only" to narrow your search to just titles.

The word or phrase that you search for will be highlighted in the document when retrieved. You can use the arrows before and after the keyword to jump to the previous or next occurrence of the keyword.

Topic

Search on any combination of CQ Magazine subject categories listed in the scroll menu. Click on the subject to highlight it. To search by more than one subject, press the control key while you select your subjects on a PC, or the apple key on a Mac.

Bills

Search for all occurrences of any specific bill or resolution. There are no spaces between letters and numbers. The following explains the naming convention

Type of Measure Prefix
Bills originating in the House of Representatives   HR
Bills originating in the Senate   S
Measures originating as House Joint Resolutions   HJRes
Measures originating as Senate Joint Resolutions   SJRes
Measures originating as House Concurrent Resolutions   HConRes
Measures originating as Senate Concurrent Resolutions   SConRes

All bills are followed by a number representing the order in which they were introduced by that chamber for a particular congressional term. Bill HR123 is the one hundred and twenty-third bill introduced in the House of Representatives for a particular Congress. Note, each congressional term will have bills HR1 and S1 because the start of a congressional term is also the start of bill numbering.

Date

You can narrow a search by date or date range. Using the Since, Before, and Between options, you can limit your search to only those CQ Magazine articles published within a certain date range. Using the On option, you can search for articles published on a specific date. Using the Current Issue option searches for all articles in the most recent issue and using the default search (Current Congress) searches for all articles published within the date range of the current Congress. The Anytime search does not put any limitations based on date.

Committees

Highlight one or more committees in the committee scroll box by using the shift key when clicking on an item. This will search for all references of the committee or committees selected. Subcommittee information is part of the committee information.

Page Number

Find the specified page or range of pages in the CQ Magazine. CQ Magazine pages are numbered consecutively beginning with the first day of the year and ending with the last.

Byline

Search for a reporter's byline by entering the name in the text field.

Number of Search Results

The CQ Magazine search engine will return a maximum of 1000 articles. If your search has more than 1000 hits, only the most relevant 1000 will be displayed.

Sorting your Search Results

You may elect to view your results by Relevancy, by Date, or Alphabetically by Title. By default, your results are returned to you in relevancy order. To change, click on the down arrow in the box titled Sort Results By and make your selection.

Viewing your Search Results

You may also determine how many search results you want to view at one time. The default is 30, but you can choose as few as 5 results per screen or as many as 30.

Using the Floor Votes Search Screen

Keyword

Enter into the keyword input box the word(s) or phrase(s) that you wish to search for. The default search searches for your word or phrase in the CQ Magazine floor votes text and titles. You can narrow your search to just titles.

The word or phrase that you search for will be highlighted in the document when retrieved. You can use the arrows before and after the keyword to jump to the previous or next occurence of the keyword.

Bills

Search for all occurrences of any specific bill or resolution. There are no spaces between letters and numbers. The following explains the naming convention

Type of Measure Prefix
Bills originating in the House of Representatives   HR
Bills originating in the Senate   S
Measures originating as House Joint Resolutions   HJRes
Measures originating as Senate Joint Resolutions   SJRes
Measures originating as House Concurrent Resolutions   HConRes
Measures originating as Senate Concurrent Resolutions   SConRes

All bills are followed by a number representing the order in which they were introduced by that chamber for a particular congressional term. Bill HR123 is the one hundred and twenty-third bill introduced in the House of Representatives for a particular Congress. Note, each congressional term will have bills HR1 and S1 because the start of a congressional term is also the start of bill numbering.

Date

You can narrow a search by date or date range. Using the Since, Before, and Between options, you can limit your search to only those CQ Magazine floor votes published within a certain date range. Using the On option, you can search for floor votes that occurred on a specific date. Using the Current Issue option searches for all floor votes in the most recent issue and using the default search (Current Congress) searches for all floor votes published within the date range of the current Congress. The Anytime search does not put any limitations based on date.

Chamber

Click on "House" or "Senate" to limit your search to that chamber.

Number of Search Results

The CQ Magazine search engine will return a maximum of 1000 votes. If your search has more than 1000 hits, only the most relevant 1000 will be displayed.

Sorting your Search Results

You may elect to view your results by Relevancy, by Date, or Alphabetically by Title. By default, your results are returned to you in relevancy order. To change, click on the down arrow in the box titled Sort Results By and make your selection.

Viewing your Search Results

You may also determine how many search results you want to view at one time. The default is 30, but you can choose as few as 5 results per screen or as many as 30.

Using the Quick Search Box

A search box also appears on the navigation bar on every page. You can use this search box if you want to quickly type in a word or phrase. Hit "Go" and the site will retrieve your results based on your keyword and the site's default search criteria.

General Searching Tips

Use specific words instead of general ones. For example, a search for "global warming" will return fewer and more targeted results than will a search for "warming."

Use "and," "or," "the" only if you're searching for phrases containing these words, such as "Banking and Finance". If you get too many results, try your search without them. To search for documents containing the words Banking and Finance, enter the terms as Banking Finance (without the and). See Advanced searching tips and the list of search commands and search operators for more help on constructing search syntax.

Use quotation marks around a phrase to search for an exact match of those words in sequence. For example, to find the words Affirmative Action in that order, enter the terms with quotation marks, "Affirmative Action". Without the quotation marks, you may end up with results containing the words "affirmative" and "action" in other contexts.

Use "Not" to narrow your search: If you enter alcohol not driving, your search will return only those documents that include the word alcohol and exclude the word driving.

Use a wildcard (*) for multiple endings: By typing an * (asterisk symbol) at the end of a word, you can search for items with multiple endings. For example: work* will find results for work, worker, workers, workplace, and working.

A List of Search Commands and Search Operators

To find one word and another word Separate the words with a space or separate with "and" children divorce; children and divorce
To find words in an exact sequence Use quotation marks "campaign finance reform"
To find one word or another word Separate terms with "or" Clinton or Bush
To find one word but not another Separate terms with "not" Clinton not Bush
To find any words starting with a specific sequence of letters Use the asterisk symbol (*) work*
To find any character in a word Use the ? symbol wom?n will find woman, women
To find words within x number of words of each other Separate words with a "w" and a slash mark (/) and the number of words which can occur between the search terms electoral w/10 college will find the words "electoral" and "college" within 10 words of each other

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