Each March the sports world is consumed with talk of tournaments, brackets, and college basketball. Congress, like the rest of America, joins in the conversation. Congress' remarks in congratulating successes and mourning loses during the NCAA Basketball Championship are recorded in the Congressional Record.
To access the Congressional Record on ProQuest Congressional, use your last name and member number to log into Jenkins' website. From the Member Center, select ProQuest Congressional. Once in ProQuest, select "Advanced Search" from the left side "Search Types" menu. Enter the phrase "March Madness", in quotes, in the search box and switch the drop-down menu to "All fields including full text". Limit the search to just the Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present. The search can also be limited by edition, date, or Congressional Session.
Searching for "March Madness" will only bring back the results where the exact phrase "March Madness" is used. Other search alternatives include NCAA NEAR/5 basketball or the team's name.
Search results can be limited after the search has been performed. From the search results list, use the facets on the right side of the screen to filter the results by date and/or narrow the results to either the House or the Senate.
To limit the results by a particular member of Congress or by a specific basketball team mentioned, from the search results list type the last name of the Senator or Representative or the name of the team into the search box and check the "Search within results" box.
For more search tips, including how to use Boolean Operators, see the Search Syntax page of the ProQuest Congressional LibGuide. ProQuest Congressional is a membership database available to all Jenkins members.
For more information about March Madness, check out NCAA's March Madness website: http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness.