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U.S. International Trade Library

This database brings together current and historical content of U.S. international trade including USITC Publications Archive, legislative histories, CFR & U.S. Code Title 15 and Title 19, notable publications, scholarly articles, and much more!

Search Tips and Tricks

Use the search bar provided within the USITC Publications subcollection to easily pull up a publication by number.

For example, let's search for USITC Publication No. 2516, which is a report on implications of the Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and NAFTA from 1992. Enter 2516 into the search bar.

From the results page, one result is listed.

image of search results for volume 2516 in United States International Trade Commission subcollection in U.S. International Trade Library database

Either link will bring users directly to USITC Publication 2516.

Use the Advanced Search option located under the main search bar within the U.S. International Trade Library. For example, let's search for any documents related to the economic impact of NAFTA.

Enter NAFTA into the Text box and enter Economic Impact into the USITC Category option in the drop-down menu.

From the results page, users will notice the search terms in bold. See the example below.

Users can now visualize the results yield of various keywords to better refine their searches. Navigate to the Advanced Search option within the U.S. International Trade Library database and click on the Venn Diagram Search option.

Users will be redirected to a search bar, instructions for its use, and example searches. Enter a search for multiple terms separated with the Boolean operators "AND." A Venn Diagram will appear, illustrating the various combinations of those terms and their respective results yield throughout the databaseThe original search combining all terms will appear by default, visually represented by the red intersection of all circles. 

View a sample Venn Diagram Search for the terms China AND tariffs AND trade below.