Jonathan, a sophomore at State University


Political Science 101: U.S. Politics


Construct a narrative of policymaking using legislative reports on specific bills and hearings with testimony


Find Congressional legislative reports and hearings on an interesting topic

Starting Info:

James is interested in renewable resources, and would like to find information on thermal energy

  1. Selects the Advanced Search form from the LexisNexis Congressional options for Congressional Publications searches.

  2. De-selects all publication types except Hearings and House and Senate reports by clicking Clear All and then checking the boxes for the desired publication types.

  3. Types thermal energy into the Advanced Search form search box and clicks the Search button.  Gets no results, and deletes the search term.

  4. Decides to improve his chances of getting good search results by clicking the Index Terms link, which takes him to a form with the default drop-down Subject Terms.

  5. Types thermal into the search box, gets the result Hydro-thermal power: use Geothermal resources.

  6. Pastes to search the term geothermal resources and is taken back to the Advanced Search form.

  7. Clicks the Search button and gets limited results.

  8. Hits Edit Search button and returns to Advanced Search form. Changes date to Previous five years to get more results.

  9. Clicks the Search button and gets additional results.

  10. Selects the Expanded List tab to see how and how often the term geothermal resources is used in each result.

  11. Selects the reports and hearings that most interest him to write his narrative.

Search Tips:  If your keyword search does not return the results you want, use the  Index Terms link on the Basic and Advanced Search forms to access controlled vocabulary subject terms to improve your search results.