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ProQuest U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection: Searching the Serial Set

About the Serial Set in ProQuest Congressional

Users can search the Serial Set (and any other materials subscribed to or purchased) through the Basic Search, the Advanced Search and the Search by Number forms. 

Note:   the House & Senate Documents and the House & Senate Reports, both part of the Serial Set, are listed separately on the Advanced Search form to assist users who may have a citation to one of those document types and who may not know that these are included in the Serial Set.

Searching the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection

Serial Set type ahead

Searching using a keyword across all publication types to see what kinds of materials are available.

The type-ahead feature shows you subject terms in the database.

To search using index terms, click on Find Terms.  Find terms




The Serial Set has several quite useful indexes including Congressional Committees, Federal Agencies, and subject and geographic terms.

index look-up tool

Fields for searching the Serial Set


The Advanced Search form allows you to search particular fields in the metadata (indexing) for more precise results. 

When you select only one document type (as shown here for the Serial Set), only the fields that apply to that document type are shown. 

Results Display

results list

After clicking on the search button, the results appear.

In addition to the facets shown (see box below this), you can also search within results by using the check box and entering a term. 

For each search result, you can see the title, the document type(s), document date, pagination, citation information, and the committee (if applicable).

There is also a direct link to the full text, and the permalink.

Faceted Results

The results display has a list of facets located along the left side of the results page.

You can limit results to those with full text.

You can filter by a date range of your choice or by Congress.






You can also filter results by document type, committee source etc.  


Note at the bottom of each of the filters (Document Type, Committee Source, Agency Source and Subject)  it lists "more options."  The More Options allows you to select, or deselect, multiple document types  (not shown here).

Viewing the Document

document view

The metadata (indexing) has the information the document, including the document date, report number, as well as the legislative triad that the document relates to (the bill number, public law number,and Statutes at Large citation), if applicable. 


There are two titles, one that is found on the document itself, and the other that is found in the indexes at the end of each session (the descriptive title). 


Use the floating menu on the left to navigate to different parts of the metadata.   

Emailing, Printing etc.

saving, emailing etc.On the right of each of the individual records, there are 6 options - downloading, emailing, printing, permalink, share, and add to selected items. 

  • The Download PDF button allows users to download the entire PDF, or 50-page chunks. 
  • The Email button will email the record you are viewing, along with a link back to the record.  (It will not email the attached document - some of the documents are quite large so email systems might reject them.)
  • The Print button will print the record you are viewing.  (It will not print the PDF - some of the documents are quite large).
  • The Permalink button will either allow you to copy the link, or to open the document in a new tab.
  • The Share button will allow you to share information about this document through a variety of social media outlets. 
  • The checkbox Add to selected items will add the document to the list of selected items.  You can get to the list by clicking on the file folder in the upper right corner of your browser. 

Underneath the various options you'll see Related News with approximately ten newspaper articles related to the document you are viewing.  The papers shown are those subscribed to/purchased by your institution.   For more on how those articles are selected, click here

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