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.

Natural Language

If you do not use terms and connectors, Bloomberg Law automatically treat your query as a natural language search, and retrieves documents that best fit your query with an option to re-run as terms and connectors; unless you change your settings to default to terms and connections (see below)

Terms and Connectors

If you use terms and connectors, the search will run as a terms and connectors search.

Settings: Search Type Detection

To set your default search to terms and connectors:


  1. Hover over your name at the upper right of any page
  2. Select Settings from the drop-down menu
  3. Select Always run searches as a Terms and Connectors search
  4. Click Save

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Legal 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.


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News Search Operators

Bloomberg Law’s News Search is powered by a full range of Boolean operators that allow you to construct search strings to locate news stories of interest.


News Search Operators

General Guidance
  • Keywords are automatically joined with an AND in searches without operators.
  • Misspellings 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 are not 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 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

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Note: A Search button will display when you mouse over a section title.


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