Historic Documents Online covers primary
documents in a broad range of subject matter, including history,
government, and political science. Types of documents included range
from presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court
decisions to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and
In the Historic Documents Series: Online
Edition you can find the entire collection of the acclaimed
Historic Documents collection. The series contains more than 32,000
print pages and over 2,500 documents which have been published annually
since 1972. Each volume includes approximately 100 documents covering the
most significant events of the year. All 32 volumes can be searched
simultaneously and you can permanently save your favorite documents
through the "Your Profile" function.
Historic Documents is available from anywhere with a valid APSU ID.
How to Search CQ Historic Documents
From the home page of the Historic Documents Series
you can perform a Quick Search of the entire series. Quick Search skips
the advance search page and immediately performs a search based on the
following default criteria:
on the word, phrase, or document ID entered in
the Quick Search box
across all document text and titles
across all document dates
results are sorted by relevancy
lists thirty results per page
results can be resorted by date or
alphabetically by title
Use the words and, or, and not
as search operators. For example, to search for documents containing
the word "confirmation" and the word "hearings," type confirmation
and hearings in the keyword input box.
Use quotation marks around a phrase to search
for an exact match of those words in sequence. For example, to find the
phrase "original jurisdiction," type "original jurisdiction" in the
keyword input box, including the quotation marks. Without the quotation
marks, your search will return documents containing the word "original"
and the word "jurisdiction,"
Use a wildcard by typing an * (the asterisk
symbol) at the beginning or end of a word, you can search for items
with multiple prefixes or endings. For example, typing *trust* in the
keyword input box will return documents that include the words "trust,"
"antitrust," "trusts," "antitrusts," and "trustee."
"Search All Text" (a selection just below the search
box) searches for keywords in the text and title of all documents in the
Historic Documents Series.
"Search Titles Only" can be a quick shortcut for
finding keywords in the title of documents.
"Include Documents With Limited Access" allows the
parameters of your search results to include documents your institution
has limited access to. This will add excerpted documents to your search
"Search Specific Topics" narrows your search to
documents falling into one of the eight main categories in the Historic
Document Series. Click the radio button "Search Specific Topics" and
select the topics you would like to include in your search.
"Search Specific Books" contains a list of Historic
Document books that can be selected to focus your search on particular
volumes of the Historic Documents Series. Click on the radio button
Search Specific Books to activate this feature and then click on the
book you wish to search. To select more than one book, hold down the
control key while you click on additional titles.
"Event Date" allows users to narrow their search by
document date. Selecting an Event Date range will limit your search
results to documents with dates that are on, since, between, or before a date(s). Select your dates from the drop down menu. Selecting "Include
Documents Without Dates" will expand your search results parameters to
include documents that do not have an event date.
"Sort Results By" presents two options for sorting
search results: 1) relevancy based on the number of times a keyword
appears and 2) alphabetically by document title.
"Number of results displayed per page" is an option
in the Advanced Search that allows you to control the number of
documents displayed in your search results. This number can range from 5
to 30, in multiples of five.
Browse by Title: After selecting a title, the title browse
organizes the documents by the month of their release as the print
books' table of contents does. Selecting "See More Titles" you can see
all the book titles that make up the Historic Documents Series. If you
prefer, you can resort your results in descending order or
alphabetically by title
Browse by Topic: Selecting the "See All Topics' link will
reveal the entire list of topics and subtopics in which the articles are
sorted. Your results will be listed in descending order by date.
However, you can resort your results in ascending order or
alphabetically by title.
Cumulative index: You may find
references not only to the particular document you seek but also to
other entries on the same subject or related subjects. Begin your browse of the index by selecting a
letter and browsing the entries of the index. Selecting a "see also" link
will take you to another part of the index. Selecting a page number will
take you to a document.
Emailing: From the document window you can email any document.
Click on "E-mail this Document" in the top left hand corner of the
document window. A pop-up window will appear. Fill out the required
information: To, From, Subject, and Message and then Click on "Send
Printing: In the top left hand corner of the document window
click on "Format for Printing" and a printer-friendly version of the
document will appear. From here, select a printing option from your web
browser. To return to the unformatted document, click the back arrow in
your web browser.