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 a grey box marked TOC. To browse the table of contents of any such content, click this grey TOC box.


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
Natural Language and Terms and Connectors

Bloomberg Law's Legal Search works with both natural language queries and terms and connectors.


If you do not use terms and connectors, Bloomberg Law will automatically treat your query as a natural language search, and retrieve documents that best fit your query. 


If you use terms and connectors, Bloomberg Law will recognize them and run the search as a natural language search and give you the option to re-run the search as a terms and connectors search.

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 Homepage by clicking Select Sources in the Search Bar, and opening the source tree by clicking Select Options.
  • Navigate to and expand the U.S. Legislative section.
  • Click the grey TOC button to the right of the U.S. Code entry.
  • Click the + icon to expand any section and the - icon to collapse it again.
  • Note: A search button will appear when you mouse over a section title.