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Congressional Documents Metadata Fields and Values

Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. The metadata fields available for Congressional Documents are listed in the table below. Metadata fields and values are used throughout FDsys for

  • Narrowing Your Search,

  • Browsing Government Publications,

  • Field Operators,

  • Advanced Search, and

  • Display on More Information Pages.

 

Metadata fields and values can be entered into the Search Box using field operators. The field operators available for Congressional Documents are listed in the table below, along with examples for each metadata field. How to Use Field Operators

 

A quick reference guide of metadata fields and values is available in PDF format here.

 

Additionally, some of these metadata fields are made available for use on the Advanced Search page. The metadata values can be entered in the same format for the fields available on the Advanced Search Page. How to Use Advanced Search

 

Metadata Field Display Name

Metadata Field Definition

Field Operator

Field Operator Example

Notes

Collection

The collection to which the document belongs. Typically the same as the publication or series.

collection:

collection:cdoc

"cdoc" is used for Congressional Documents

Government Author

The names of the Government organizations responsible for authoring or assembling the document.

governmentauthor:

governmentauthor:senate

 

Publication Date

The date the document was first made available to the public.

publishdate:

publishdate:2006-09-30

Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Language

The language code of the original document, from the ISO639-2b standard.

language:

language:en

eng

Former Package ID

The document ID of the "package" as originally specified on www.gpoaccess.gov.

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":______)

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":"f:hd098.110")

 

SuDoc Class Number

The SuDoc class number from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents which classifies Government publications by publishing agency.

sudocclass:

sudocclass:"Y 1.1/7:"

The SuDoc Class Numbers in FDsys are  at the class stem level, not the book number level.

Ingestion Date

The date the document was ingested into the FDsys preservation repository.

ingestdate:

ingestdate:2008-12-29

Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Electronic Location (URL)

The URL where the document or the document in context (the content detail page) is located.

url:

url:"http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CDOC-107hdoc119/pdf/CDOC-107hdoc119.pdf"

 

Publisher

The government organization who publishes the document or publication. Not typically the Government Printing Office (who serves as the printer and distributor), except in the case of Congressional publications.

publisher:

publisher:"u.s. government printing office"

 

Branch

The branch of Government responsible for the document's contents.

branch:

branch:legislative

Possible Values:

Executive

Legislative

Judicial

Type of Resource

The media type for the document, typically "text". Defined as part of the Library of Congress MODS standard.

typeofresource:

typeofresource:text

 

WAIS Database Name

The name of the WAIS database to which the document belonged in the former GPO Access system.

waisdbname:

waisdbname:107_cong_docs

 

Record Origin

How the record was originally generated. Typically "machine generated."

recordorigin:

recordorigin:"machine generated"

 

Title

The title of the publication.

title:

title:"emergency funding"

 

Summary

A longer form of the title that provides a summary of the document. Not all documents have a summary.

summary:

summary:iran

 

Congress Number

The number of the Congress responsible for the document. Congresses last for two years, so for example, the 110th Congress was in session from 2007 through 2008.

congress:

congress:109

 

Congress Session

The session of congress which produced the report.

session:

session:2

Possible Values:

1

2

Chamber of Congress

The chamber of congress who produced the document.

chamber:

chamber:senate

Possible Values:

house

sentate

Document Type

The type of Congressional document which includes House Documents, Senate Documents, and Treaty Documents.

doctype:

doctype:hdoc

Possible Values:

hdoc

sdoc

tdoc

Document Number

Number for the document. Documents are sequentially numbered per Congress.

docnumber:

docnumber:35

 

Action Text

The text of the legislative action taken on the document, for example, referred to committee and ordered to be printed.

legislativehistory:

legislativehistory:"referred to the committee"

 

Committee

Congressional committee names listed in the action text or title of the document.

committee:

committee:"committee on armed services"

 

Heading

Search for the hearing part heading, for example "part 2", "volume I", or "errata".

heading:

heading:"volume 2"

 

President

The full and official name of the president who issued the document, for example William J. Clinton or George W. Bush.

president:

president:bush

 

Executive Communication

True if the document is a communication from the President of the United States.

execcomm:

execcomm:true

Possible Values:

true

false

Jacket ID

The Jacket ID of the document. This is usually a five digit number such as "86-484" that is printed on front page of the document.

jacketid:

jacketid:89-011

 

Citation

The GPO standard method for searching citation references from the selected publication.

citation:

citation:"H. Doc. 107-119"

 

Congressional Document Citation

A reference to some other congressional document in the body of the document. For example "H. Doc. 110-32".

cdoccitation:

cdoccitation:"h. doc. 107-123"

 

Senate Hearing Citation

Reference to a Senate Hearing within the text of the document. For example, "S. Hrg. 110-32"

chrgcitation:

chrgcitation:107-555

 

CFR Citation

Referenced title and part number from the Code of Federal Regulations, in standard citation format, for example "14 CFR Part 802" or "14 CFR Chapter IV".

cfrcitation:

cfrcitation:"15 CFR 730"

 

Bill Number

Reference to a bill number within the text of the document.

billscitation:

billscitation:"h.r. 4613"

 

Report Number

Reference to a congressional report within the text of the document. For example, "H. Rept. 110-32".

crptcitation:

crptcitation:"h. rept. 93-1305"

 

Public and Private Law References

A referenced public or private law.

plawcitation:

plawcitation:"public law 107-38"

 

United States Code Citation

Reference to a United States Code citation within the text of the document. This citation may only include the United States Code Title and Section, chapter, or appendix numbers. For example 43 U.S.C. 1337(g) or 50 U.S.C. App. 2078.

uscodecitation:

uscodecitation:"50 u.s.c. 414"

 

Statutes at Large Citation

Reference to a Statutes at Large citation within the text of the document. For example, "Stat. L. 153-12302"

statutecitation:

statutecitation:"17 stat. 91"

 

Reference Citation

Reference to another document within the text of a document.

refcitation:

refcitation:"H.R. 1"

 

 

 


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