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What is the CQ Magazine?
How do I find what I am looking for on CQ Magazine?
Should I browse or search?
How do I cite an article I found in CQ Magazine?
Can I download text and illustrations?
What do some of the symbols mean in the floor vote documents?
What is an RSS feed and how do I use this feature?
How do I use the E-mail Alert function?
What is "Your Profile"?
How do I e-mail documents?
How do I format documents for printing?
What are the system requirements?
How do I contact CQ Press?

What is the CQ Magazine?

The CQ Magazine, formerly known as CQ Weekly, is known as the pre-eminent resource for Congress-watchers who need non-partisan information on Capitol Hill. The award-winning magazine's legislative news and analysis is consistently hailed for its accuracy and comprehensiveness. The CQ Magazine on the Web includes access to the full text of all articles published since 1983. A user may browse through articles in the current issue or search for past articles by words, dates, subjects or other criteria. The Web service also provides users with access to some CQ Magazine articles prior to when they are available in print.

How do I find what I am looking for on CQ Magazine?

This Web site is designed to provide you with multiple points of access to the information that you want. On the right hand navigation bar, you can use the following options:

  • You can select a topic from the current issue
  • You can view votes from the last 10 days by selecting "Latest Votes"
  • You can search "Articles" or "Search Floor Votes"
  • You can browse by issue date or by topic

Should I browse or search?

It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for general information on a common or broad topic—such as Energy or Defense-you might want to begin with a browse of the topical list. If you do not find what you want, then turn to the Search option.

On the other hand, if your interest is more specific—for example, congressional debate related to employee drug testing or a particular endangered species, such as the spotted owl--you might want to begin with a search.

How do I cite an article I found in CQ Magazine?

To create a bibliographic citation of an article accessed in CQ Magazine, select CiteNow!™ a unique tool in the CQ Press Electronic Library that, with a couple mouse clicks, generates a citation based on your choice of four guides to citing online sources:

APA: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: Fifth Edition

Bluebook: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation: 17th Edition

Chicago: Chicago Manual of Style: 15th Edition

MLA: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Sixth Edition

Or, you may create your own citation based on the following examples:

Bluebook
Author [First Name Last Name], Title of Article, CQ MAGAZINE ONLINE Page Range (Year), available at URL.

Example: Andrew Taylor, As Bush Brandishes Veto Power, The Stakes Rise for Both Parties, CQ WEEKLY ONLINE 1502-1503 (2001), available at http://library.cqpress.com/cqweekly/weeklyreport107-000000271768.

Chicago
Author [Last Name, First]. "Title of Article." CQ Magazine Online Issue Date (Month Day, Year): Page Range. URL (accessed Month Day, Year).

Example: Taylor, Andrew. "As Bush Brandishes Veto Power, The Stakes Rise for Both Parties." CQ Weekly Online (June 22, 2001): 1502-1503. http://library.cqpress.com/cqweekly/weeklyreport107-000000271768 (accessed December 15, 2006).

MLA
Author [Last Name, First]. "Title of Article." CQ Magazine (Year): Page Range. CQ Magazine. Congressional Quarterly. Your library's name, city, state abbreviation. [Date accessed:] Day Month Year URL.

Example: Taylor, Andrew. "As Bush Brandishes Veto Power, The Stakes Rise for Both Parties." CQ Weekly (2001): 1502-1503. CQ Weekly. Congressional Quarterly. Your library's name, city, state abbreviation. 15 Dec. 2006 <http://library.cqpress.com/cqweekly/weeklyreport107-000000271768>.

Other guides to citing online sources that you may find helpful:

Columbia Guide to Online Style (Columbia University Press): http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos/idx_basic.html.

Online!: A Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources (Bedford/St. Martin's): http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/.

Warning:
Citation style for online sources is continually evolving. Moreover, CQ Magazine's publication format, whether it is a news magazine or scholarly journal, may be interpreted differently by citation authorities. Consult your instructor in choosing the appropriate style and for further guidance in citing CQ Magazine Online.

Please note:
Prior to March 7, 2016, CQ Magazine was called CQ Weekly. All documents published prior to March 7, 2016 will continue to list CQ Weekly in their citations. All documents published on or after March 7, 2016 will list CQ Magazine. See examples below.

Published prior to March 7, 2016:
Playing the Crime Card Gets Tricky for the GOP." CQ Weekly (November 30, 2015). http://library.cqpress.com/cqweekly/weeklyreport114-000004794152.
Published after March 7, 2016:
Pelosi Maintains Grip on House Democrats as Younger Members Grow Restless." CQ Magazine (April 18, 2016). http://library.cqpress.com/cqweekly/weeklyreport114-000004869389.

Can I download text and illustrations?

The CQ Magazine is copyrighted by Congressional Quarterly, Inc. All rights reserved. The CQ Magazine incorporates with permission photos, tables, charts, and other graphical elements that are copyrighted by their providers.

No part of this site may be downloaded or redistributed in any form or by any means for commercial purposes without permission in writing from the publisher.

Users may download small portions of copyrighted text for educational and scholarly research purposes as permitted under the "fair use" provisions of U.S. copyright law.

What do some of the symbols mean in the floor vote documents?

Vote Key

Y = Voted for (yea)
N = Voted against (nay)
# = Paired for
+ = Announced for
X = Paired against
- = Announced against
P = Present
C = Voted present to avoid possible conflict of interest
? = Did not vote or otherwise make position known

What is an RSS feed and how do I use this feature?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds provide an easy way to stay up-to-date on a website's changes without frequently visiting the site itself. With an RSS reader, users can easily view the latest additions to a website and link directly to that content. The internet browser that you are using may have a built-in RSS reader or you may want to consult the web to find an RSS reader that suits your needs. To get started, click on the orange RSS button in the upper right-hand corner of the CQ Magazine Online homepage. Depending on your RSS reader you may be automatically prompted to add the CQ Magazine feed or you may have to go through a few additional steps to add it. Once established, you will receive updates as new Magazine content is added to the site.

How do I use the E-mail Alert function?

The E-mail Alert function sends an automated e-mail alert to you whenever new content that meets criteria you have specified is added to the CQ Magazine Web site. To use the E-mail Alert function, you must first login or create a user profile.

After you have logged into your profile, click on "Create New Alert" to begin defining your own customized e-mail alerts. Use the "Start/Stop" action to start or stop receiving e-mail alerts you have saved in your account.

The E-mail alert page displays your saved e-mail alert criteria.

What is "Your Profile"?

Creating a "Your Profile" account will enable you to maintain a list of Favorite Documents and create email alerts. You will also be able to view a Document History of the last thirty records accessed under your account and maintain a list of Saved Searches. Your Favorite Documents, Document History, and Saved Searches may be retrieved during your next session using CQ Magazine. If you do not create a profile and log-in, all session information will be lost when you end the session.

Your personal account will remain until ninety days have passed since you last logged in under Your Profile.

Create a Profile

If you do not yet have a profile, click on "Your Profile" at the top left of the site and
1. enter a username
2. select "I want to create a new account"
3. press the Proceed button

On the next page, enter a password in the boxes provided. In the Password Hint box, type a word or phrase that will help you remember your password.

Log on with Your Profile

If you have already created a profile, please enter your username and password to reload your saved information. If you have an account but cannot remember your password, click on "I forgot my password" to retrieve your password hint.

Password Hint

When you set up a username and password, you will be asked to provide a "Password Hint." This should be a word or phrase (other than the password) that will help you to remember your password.

If you have an account but cannot remember your password, enter your username, click on "I forgot my password," and press "Proceed." The information you entered in the "Password Hint" field will appear on the screen above the username field in red.

Profile Expiration

Your account remains in the system until ninety days have passed since you last logged in under Your Profile.

Profile vs. Main Account

The "Your Profile" log-in is saved within the main account belonging to your library or institution. "Your Profile" accounts contain information that can be accessed only with your username and password, but you must log in through the CQ Magazine owned by your library or institution.

Saving Documents

On the menu bar every document is a "Save to Favorite Documents" box. Click to check this box and have this document added to your Favorite Documents in "Your Profile."

How do I e-mail documents?

From the document window you can email any document. Click on the email icon in the top right hand corner of the document window. A pop-up window will appear. Fill out the required information: To, From, Subject, and Message and then click on "Send E-mail."

How do I format documents for printing?

In the top right hand corner of the document window click on the print icon and a printer-friendly version of the document will appear. From here, select a printing option from your web browser. To return to the unformatted document, click the back arrow in your web browser.

What are the system requirements?

The following describe the basic system requirements for best using this site.

Browsers

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Users who visit the site with browsers not listed above may experience problems viewing or printing pages, or using some functionality.

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