Search & Browse Basics
How to Browse a Table of Contents
Bloomberg Law enables you to both search and browse a variety of content sets, both primary and secondary. Browsable content is indicated in the source tree by + and - signs.
The following content sets are among those that are both browseable and searchable:
- U.S. Constitution
- U.S. Code
- Code of Federal Regulations
- U.S. Supreme Court Rules
- Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- Federal Rules of Evidence
- Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
- Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual
- BNA Manuals
- BNA Portfolios
- BNA Books & Treatises
Search Guidance & Search Operators
Bloomberg Law's Legal Search is powered by a full range of Boolean operators and connectors that allow you to construct search strings to locate documents of interest.
- Keywords are automatically joined with an AND in searches without operators.
- Misspelling and common errors like missing parentheses are corrected. (note: three characters or less in length will not be corrected for misspellings, and words in all capital letters will not be corrected.)
- Unquoted keywords that are abbreviations or common agency acronyms are automatically expanded.
- Legal searches on Bloomberg Law ignore common words, such as "of," be," "and," or "the." To search for a phrase containing such terms, place the phrase in quotation marks.
Example: How to Search the U.S. Code Using the Table of Contents Browser
- You can go straight to the U.S. Code from the Bloomberg Law menu by selecting Search & Browse, and clicking All Legal Content.
- Navigate to and expand the U.S. Legislative section.
- Click the Browse TOC button.
- Click the + icon to expand any section and the - icon to collpase it again.
- Add final bullets: "Note: A search button will appear when you mouse over a section title."