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Senate Manual

Last updated on 06-14-2022

Senate Manual, 104th, 106th, 107th, 110th, 112th, 113th, and 116th Congresses

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About the Senate Manual

The Senate Manual, prepared during the second session of each Congress by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, contains the standing rules, orders, laws, and resolutions affecting the Senate, as well as copies of historical U.S. documents, such as Jefferson’s Manual, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution of the United States, etc., and selected statistical information on the Senate and other Government entities. It is generally issued each Congress as Senate Document 1.

What is available?

  • govinfo contains the 104th, 106th, 107th, 110th, 112th, 113th and 16th Senate Manuals.
  • There are no records of the 105th, 108th, 109th,111th, 114th, and 115th Senate Manuals, and Congress has made no known plans for their production.

Searching the Senate Manual

You can find and search the Senate Manual by:

  • Using Basic Search for keyword and metadata fielded searches,
  • Using Advanced Search; fields specific to the Senate Manual will display after you select Senate Manual in the Refine by Collection column,
  • Refining search results by clicking on links in the Refine Your Search panel on the left hand side of the page (the sections under Refine Your Search correspond to the metadata available for the documents), and
  • Browsing the Senate Manual browse page.

General govinfo Search Tips

Search Examples

Search by Section – For example, from the Historical Documents section of the Senate Manual.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:sman section:HISTORICAL
  • Using Advanced Search, select Senate Manual under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Section from the first box and select Historical Documents from the next box

Search by Section Number – For example, documents in section 141 of the Senate Manual.

  • Using Basic Search, enter:collection:sman sectionnum:141
  • Using Advanced Search, select Senate Manual under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Senate Manual Section Number from the first box and enter 141 in the next box

Search by Keyword – For example, documents with "voting" in the full text of the publication.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: voting collection:sman 
  • Using Advanced Search, select Senate Manual under Refine by Collection, then under Search In enter voting in the second text box

Sample Senate Manual URLs

govinfo uses two key pieces of information to construct predictable URLs to documents and Details pages.

  • The Package ID is used to identify an individual edition of the Senate Manual.
  • The Granule ID is used to identify individual documents within the edition of the Senate Manual.


Structure/Metadata Field


Package ID

SMAN-{Congress Number}


Granule ID

{Package ID}-Pg{First Page Number}{Sequence Number}


Note: Sequence Number is only used if there are more than one granule with the same First Page Number. The first granule will not have a Sequence Number and the second would have a Sequence Number of 2.



Details Page for a Senate Manual Edition

Structure:{Package ID}


PDF File for a Senate Manual Edition

Structure:{Package ID}/pdf/{Package ID}.pdf


Details Page for a Senate Manual Edition Document

Structure:{Package ID}/{Granule ID}


PDF File for a Senate Manual Edition Document

Structure:{Package ID}/pdf/{Granule ID}.pdf


HTML File for a Senate Manual Edition Document

Structure:{Package ID}/html/{Granule ID}.htm


Senate Manual Metadata Fields and Values

Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. The metadata fields available for the Senate Manual are listed in the table below. Metadata fields and values are used throughout govinfo for

  • Narrowing Your Search,
  • Browsing Government Publications,
  • Field Operators,
  • Advanced Search, and
  • Display on Details Pages.

Metadata fields and values can be entered into the Basic Search box using field operators. The field operators available for the Federal Register are listed in the table below, along with examples for each metadata field. Using Field Operators

Some of these metadata fields are made available for use in Advanced Search. The metadata values can be entered in the same format for the fields available on the Advanced Search Page. Using Advanced Search

Metadata Field Display Name

Metadata Field Definition

Field Operator

Field Operator Example


The collection to which the document belongs. Typically the same as the publication or series.




"sman" is used for the Senate Manual

Government Author

The names of the Government organizations responsible for authoring or assembling the document.



Publication Date

The date the document was first made available to the public.




Date format is YYYY-MM-DD


The language code of the original document, from the ISO639-2b standard.



Former Package ID

The document ID of the "package" as originally specified on

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":______)

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":sd001_110)

SuDoc Class Number

The SuDoc class number from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents which classifies Government publications by publishing agency.


sudocclass:"Y 1.1/3:"


The SuDoc Class Numbers in govinfo are generally at the class stem level, not the book number level.

Ingestion Date

The date the document was ingested into the FDsys preservation repository.




Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Electronic Location (URL)

The URL where the document or the document in context (the content detail page) is located.




The government organization who publishes the document or publication. Not typically the Government Publishing Office (who serves as the printer and distributor), except in the case of Congressional publications.


publisher:"U.S. Government Printing Office"


The branch of Government responsible for the document's contents.




Possible Values: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

Type of Resource

The media type for the document, typically "text". Defined as part of the Library of Congress MODS standard.



WAIS Database Name

The name of the WAIS database to which the document belonged in the former GPO Access system.



Record Origin

How the record was originally generated. Typically "machine generated."


recordorigin:"machine generated"


The title of the publication.



Senate Manual Section

The different sections found on the Senate Manual.


Possible Values:

See Table Below


Heading prefix in the title of a section, rule or CFR tile in the Senate Manual. For example, "Rule XI" or "Title 2"


heading:"Title 2"

Senate Manual Section Number

Most paragraphs in the Senate Manual are numbered. These numbers are called "section numbers" and are listed in the table of contents. Examples include: "44", "44.3", "66.3c"



Congress Number

The number of the Congress responsible for the document. Congresses last for two years, so for example, the 110th Congress was in session from 2007 through 2008. Currently, GPO has data starting with the 101st congress for some collections. Check the collection browse page for more details on how much data is available for each individual collection.



Session Number

Session of Congress. Each Congress is divided into two yearly sessions. So, the "1st session" will be the first year that a particular congress (for example, the 110th congress) is in session.



Congressional Bills Citation

Citation references to Congressional Bills. Examples include, "H.R. 99", "S. 99" "H.J. Res. 99", "S.J. Res. 99", "H. Con. Res. 99", "S. Con. Res. 99", "H. Res. 99" or "S. Res. 99".


billscitation:"h.r. 1"

Public and Private Law Citation

Citation references to Public or Private Laws. For example, "Public Law 110-32" or "Private Law 110-3".


plawcitation:"public law 95-507"

United States Code Citation

Citation references to the United States Code. For example, "42 U.S.C. 5841" or "42 U.S.C. App. 99"


uscodecitation:"42 U.S.C. 3121"

Statutes at Large Citation

Citation references to Statutes at Large. For example, "88 Stat. 1242".


statutecitation:"32 Stat. 51"

Reference Citation

Reference to another document within the text of a document.


refcitation:"42 U.S.C. 3121"

Senate Manual Section Metadata Values

The table below lists the metadata values which can be used when limiting your search using the Section advanced search field or the section: field operator.

Metadata Value

User Readable Value


Front Matter


Standing Rules of the Senate


Rules for Regulation of the Senate Wing of the Capitol and Senate Office Buildings


Non-statutory Standing Orders and Regulations Affecting the Business of the Senate


Rules for Impeachment Trials


Cleave’s Manual of Conferences and Conference Reports


General and Permanent Laws Relating to the Senate


Historical Documents


Statistical Data





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