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Help with proquest congressional

Below are instructions for searching, printing, and e-mailing when using the ProQuest Congressional database.

In August 2012 ProQuest released a re-designed Web site for this site.


You may search through the entire Congressional database or seelct one or more sub-sets, such as Hearings.

The default search option is "All fields except full text." This will search through all the terminology ProQuest has written to summarize or describe a hearing, including titles, abstracts, witness names, subject terms, etc., but not the actual text of the hearing.
If you want to search the texts of hearings (when available), use the drop-down menu to change the option to "All fields including full text."

To find documents or records containing various forms of a word, use an exclamation-point (!).
Example: pollut! will find pollution, pollutant, polluter, etc.

To find documents or records containing two or more words, use the AND connector to combine the terms..
Example: reform! AND welfare
To find documents or records containing a multi-word phrase, enclose the terms within quotation marks.
Example: "campaign finance reform"

Search Results

Search results are listed in "Relevance" order.  You may re-arrange the list of results in chronological order by using the "Sort Results By" drop-down menu (on the right side of the screen) to change to "Date (most recent first)."

Search results containing a "Full Text" option enable you to read the entire text of a document.

For various reasons (usually involving Congress's publication routines), some entries may not include a full-text option.  If you have questions, please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

Printing and E-mailing

To view options for downloading, e-mailing, etc., click on an item's title.

E-mail and print options may include links to full-text possibilities.


For much more information, see the "Help" option at the very top of the page.