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Public and Private Laws Metadata Fields and Values

Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. The metadata fields available for Public and Private Laws 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 Public and Private Laws are listed in the table below, along with examples for each metadata field.

 

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:plaw

"plaw" is used for Public and Private Laws

Government Author

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

governmentauthor:

governmentauthor:"national archives and records administration"

 

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

 

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:publ101.104")

 

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/PLAW-108publ347/pdf/PLAW-108publ347.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:108_cong_public_laws

 

Record Origin

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

recordorigin:

recordorigin:"machine generated"

 

Title

The title of the publication.

title:

title:"national defense authorization act"

 

Congress Number

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

congress:

congress:108

 

Law Type

Every package in the Public and Private Laws will have one of the following document types:PUBLIC: A bill or joint resolution (other than for amendments to the Constitution) passed by both chambers of Congress and approved by the President. Bills and joint resolutions vetoed by the President, but overridden by the Congress also become laws. Public laws have general applicability nationwide. Most laws passed by Congress are public laws. Public laws affect society as a whole. Public laws citations include the Congress number (e.g. 107) and the number of the law, for example: Public Law 107-006.

lawtype:

lawtype:public

Possible Values:

public

private

Law Number

Number for the law. Laws are numbered sequentially per Congress.

docnumber:

docnumber:318

 

Is Appropriation

Flag indicates that a law includes the words to make appropriations, making appropriations, making emergency supplemental appropriations, making further continuing appropriations, making continuing appropriations, or to authorize appropriations in its full title.

isappropriation:

isappropriation:true

Possible values:

true

false

Date Approved

The date the law was approved.

approveddate:

approveddate:2006-09-30

Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Legislative History

Complete textual section of the legislative history printed at the bottom of the law.

mods:legislativeHistory:_______

mods:legislativeHistory:"natural resources"

 

Committee

Congressional committee names listed in the legislative history of public laws.

committee:

committee:science

 

Citation

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

citation:

citation:"public law 107-314"

 

Bill Number

Reference to a bill number within the text of the document or the bill number for bills associated with the law.

billscitation:

billscitation:"h.r. 4516"

 

Congressional Report Citation

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

crptcitation:

crptcitation:108-330

 

United States Code

Citations

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:"43 u.s.c. 1337"

 

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:"11 stat. 401"

 

Reference Citation

Reference to another document within the text of a document.

refcitation:

recitation:"h.r. 1"

 

 


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