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Monday, 30th August 2010

U.S. Congress/Legislative Info: Another New Set of Enhancements/Resources Now Available on THOMAS, Third Revamp in 2010

From a Blog Post by Andrew Weber via In Custodia Legis (Law Librarians of Congress) Blog:

Here are Some of the New Features Available on THOMAS that Mr. Weber Mentions:

+ Directory of State Legislature Websites For U.S. States and Territories
Kudos to Christine Sellers from LLOC

+ Versions of the Site Optimized for Various Mobile Devices

+ At the bottom of the left hand column, links to social media from Law Library of Congress (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and iTunesU.)

+ Speech Enabled Links at Very Bottom (the Footer) of Most Pages: Info Here

+ Also at Very Bottom of Most Pages: All Ways to Connect Link (Listing of all LC's Social Media Resources, Mobile App, etc.)

+ Note: Legal Research Issues? Assistance Harnessing the Power of THOMAS? Legal/Legislative Research Problems? Don't Forget the "Ask A Librarian Service" from the Law Library of Congress. Complete Details Here.

Direct to THOMAS

Sources: Law Library of Congress, Library of Congress

See Also: Many New Enhancements are Now Live on THOMAS (June 2, 2010)

See Also: Happy 15th Anniversary to THOMAS (January 8, 2010)

See Also: Several New Features from THOMAS Available for the Second Session of Congress of the 111th Congress (January 6, 2010)

See Also: A Holiday Letter from the Law Librarian of Congress, Roberta Shaffer (January 6, 2010)

In Addition to the Blog Post, Here's the Full Text of the News Release
More After a Click

THOMAS Releases Third Major Update in 2010

Just in time for the return of Congress from August recess, THOMAS has undergone its third major enhancement of 2010. Building upon the enhancements made in January (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/whatsnew.html) and June (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/whatsnew062010.html)

the latest enhancements add a mobile friendly homepage, integrate features from the Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress websites into THOMAS, and add a new portal to state legislature websites.

THOMAS now has a mobile-friendly homepage that will display on devices with lower screen resolutions like BlackBerrys. The homepage has also been optimized for iPhones and Droids, leveraging their larger screens to provide complete access to the full version of the THOMAS homepage.

The global footer now available on most Library of Congress websites, including the Law Library of Congress website, appears throughout THOMAS. The global footer includes ways to stay connected with the Library including an "All ways to connect" link (http://www.loc.gov/homepage/connect.html).

In addition to easier access to the Library's social media, there is a new box to highlight ways to connect with THOMAS and the Law Library of Congress through the

+ In Custodia Legis Blog http://blogs.loc.gov/law/

+ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lawlibraryofcongress

+ Twitter http://twitter.com/LawLibCongress

+ YouTube http://bit.ly/locTUBE

+ iTunes U http://bit.ly/iTunesULOC

A link to State Legislature Websites (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/state-legislatures.html) has been added to the THOMAS homepage. This new page displays a map with links to the legislative bodies for all fifty states, Washington, DC, and U.S. territories. It provides quick access to state legislative websites that are similar to what THOMAS provides on a federal level.

THOMAS was launched on January 5, 1995 in response to the bipartisan leadership of the 104th Congress that directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Named for the third president, the system represents Thomas Jefferson's ideals of an informed electorate. THOMAS is publicly accessible at thomas.loc.gov.

Founded in 1832, the Law Library makes its resources available to members of Congress, the Supreme Court, other branches of the U.S. government and the global legal community, and sustains and preserves a universal collection of law for future generations. With more than 2.6 million volumes, the Law Library contains the world's largest collection of law books and other resources from most countries of the world and provides online databases and guides to legal information worldwide through its website at www.loc.gov/law.

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