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Novice User Scenario - Search by Number form

Who Jonathan, a sophomore at State University
Class Journalism: Public Policy Reporting
Assignment Locate a copy of the text of bill number H.R. 1316, as reported in the House of Representatives in the 109th Congress, and use it as the basis for writing a brief article
Objective Locate H.R. 1316
Starting Info All Jonathan knows is the number of the bill


  1. Selects the Search By Number form from the ProQuest Congressional options for Congressional Publications searches.
  2. Noticing that the first set of options is labeled Legislative Citations, decides to start there. Notices that Bill Number is already selected as the default. Selects 109 from the Congress number drop-down list. Bill/Resolution is already set at H.R., indicating that the search will be for a House bill.
  3. Types 1316 into the Bill Number box, and clicks Search.
  4. Retrieves a result set that doesn't mention Bill Text as a document types, and wonders if he has searched in the right place.
  5. Opens a report in his results set and, although he sees no reference to a bill text at all, he scrolls down the page to the Bills segment and sees the bill number H.R. 1316.
  6. Clicks H.R. 1316 and retrieves a results set referencing two versions of bill texts for H.R 1316, the introduced version and the reported version.
  7. Clicks the reported version and retrieves the bill text he was looking for, but wonders if there isn’t an easier way to find a bill text other than looking under Congressional publications.
  8. Returns to his results set and notices that "Bill text" is an option under the Document Type facets. Clicks on that and retrieves the reported version of the bill.

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