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History of Bills Metadata Fields and Values

Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. The metadata fields available for History of Bills 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 list of field operators available for History of Bills 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:hob

"hob” is used for History of Bills

Government Author

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

governmentauthor:

governmentauthor:"joint committee on printing"

 

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

 

SuDoc Class Number

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

sudocclass:

sudocclass:"X 1.1/A:"

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:2009-01-12

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/HOB-2008/pdf/HOB-2008-hr3291.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:2008_hob

 

Record Origin

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

recordorigin:

recordorigin:"machine generated"

 

Title

The title of the document or article as published. For serials, will contain the name of the larger publication (for example "Federal Register") as well as the name of the individual article (for example, "Consolidation of the Fruit Fly Regulations").

title:

title:"make corrections in the comprehensive anti-apartheid act of 1986"

 

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 that produced the document.

session:

session:2

Possible Values:

1

2

Chamber of Congress

The chamber of congress that produced the document.

chamber:

chamber:senate

Possible Values:

house

senate

Sponsor

The sponsor of the bill or resolution.

sponsor:

sponsor:pelosi

 

Cosponsors

A cosponsor of the bill or resolution.

cosponsors:

cosponsors:boehner

 

Congress Member

The sponsor and cosponsors if the bill or resolution.

member:

member:clinton

 

Citation

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

citation:

citation:"h.r. 1222"

 

Bill Number Citation

The bill or resolution number. For example, "H.R. 132" or "H. Con. Res. 187".

billscitation:

billscitation:"h.r. 1234"

 

Public or Private Law Citation

Citation references to Public or Private Laws. For example, "Public Law 110-32" or "Private Law 110-3".

plawcitation:

plawcitation:"public law 108-330"

 

 

Last Legislative Action

The most recent action taken on a bill.

lastaction:

lastaction:approved

 

 


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