The following sample searches are provided as guides to general types of searches in the U.S. Government Manual. They are performed in the 1999-2000 Manual. For the sake of space, only the top three hits in each results list are included with each example below.
1. Search by Subject
This type of search returns documents that are related to a specific subject. The word(s) that you enter as your search term(s) may appear anywhere within the document.
The Agency/Subject Index is a helpful tool to use in conjunction with a subject search (or by itself from the browse table). Use your Internet browser's "find" tool with a word from your query to locate the index entry and page numbers for a given subject.
2. Search by Name
This type of search returns documents based on an individual's name.
The Name Index is a helpful tool to use in conjunction with this type of search. It contains entries and page numbers for all references that identify individuals by name.
3. Search by Agency
This type of search returns documents based on agency.
In the list that displays your query results, the title of each document is preceded by an identification code. The identification code consists of an abbreviation for the edition of the Manual in which relevant documents have been found. For example, in the listing "[1999 Govt. Man.] SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION," "1999 Govt. Man." stands for 1999 Government Manual, and "Smithsonian Institution" is the title.