Navigating Search Results
Search results pages offer multiple controls for you to customize what is displayed.
Click on the Show Filters box at the top left of your search results to display filters, also known as facets, which allows you to choose additional criteria to expand or narrow your results. Click on Hide Filters to conceal the filter display. Hiding filters is useful when you want to print a list of your search results.
Click on the Show Tracker box at the top left of your search results to display the Tracker for each bill or resolution in your results set. The Tracker provides a quick view of the progress of a measure. Click on Hide Tracker to conceal the Tracker display.
Results per page
You can change the number of search results displayed on a page by clicking on the down arrow next to the display of the number of items per page, and selecting a new option from 25, 50, 100 or 250 per page. The default is 100 results per page.
You can change the way your search results are sorted by clicking on the down arrow next to the Sort by display and choosing from among the sort options listed. Sort options will vary depending on which collection or group of collections you are searching.
You can change the appearance of the display of each item in your search results list by clicking on the arrow next to the View display and choosing between Compact and Expanded. The Expanded view shows more whitespace between the lines of each search result as well as a red box at the top of each item that indicates what type of item it is, such as Bill, Resolution or Nomination. The Compact view closes up the whitespace and hides the red box for each item, allowing you to see more results on your screen without scrolling.
Main search - expanded view, sorted by relevancy, displaying filters and tracker.
Quick search - compact view, sorted by relevancy, hidden filters and tracker.
Advanced search form for legislation - expanded view, sorted by relevancy, hidden filters and tracker.
Query builder - expanded view, sorted by Latest Action - Newest to Oldest, displaying filters and tracker.
Command line search - expanded view, sorted by Date - Newest to Oldest, displaying filters and tracker.
Viewing Individual Items
To view an item from your search results list, click on the item's number (citation). You can click on the All Actions link at the end of the Latest Action to go directly to the Actions tab for that item.
To move to the next or previous item in your search results list, use the arrows that are about halfway down on each side of the page. If you change tabs, you will remain on the same tab when you move to the next item in the results set.
Use the BACK TO RESULTS link located on the left above the arrow to return to the list view of your search results.
- Search Tools
- Introduction to Search
- How to Pick a Search Page
- Advanced Search
- Refining Search Results with Filters
- Using Search Within
- Word Variants and Case
- Navigating Search Results
- Action Search Scope Notes
- Field Value Lists
- Download Your Congress.gov Search Results
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