GovSearch: Power Search

This is the second in a four part series blog post spotlighting Carroll Publishing’s GovSearch Suite.

What is a Power Search?

The Power Search feature allows you to search for people or offices and narrow your search by Keyword, Organizational Qualifiers, Geographic Qualifiers, and GovSense. You can also tailor your results to show positions or offices. Under the Positions option, you can further narrow the results by choosing between all, elected, plum, acting, nominee, or vacancy.

How Do I Perform a Power Search?

On the GovSearch home page, there is a People & Offices tab located at the top of the page. Under the People & Offices tab, you can locate the Power Search feature.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where the Power Search Feature can be located under the People & Offices tab.

People and Offices Tab with box

Below is a view of the Power Search feature. The green boxes indicate ways to narrow your search.

Power search with boxes

After entering a search term, the results page will generate a list of individuals or offices that relate to your search term. The results are organized alphabetically by last name. Along with the individual’s name, the results provide you with the person’s title, office, department, area, head office, location, and county.

Below is a view of the results page. The green box indicates the categories of information the results provide.

Results page with green box on categories

What Can I Do with the Results of a Power Search?

After the search tool generates your result, you can do various things with the results. On the left side of the name column, you can select specific names. At the bottom of the results page, you can choose to Select All or Clear All. After choosing a select option, you can either print or make a list of the selected results.

Below is a view of the results page. The green boxes indicate where you can individually select results, select all, or clear all. The green boxes also indicate where the make a list option and the print options are located on the results page.

results with green boxes around selection options

Access to Carroll Publishing’s GovSearch database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Author: Marin Dell

Texas Tech School of Law Library - Librarian, Attorney, Law Library Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, loves all things law, libraries and tech/Tech

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