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Monday, 31st January 2011

U.S. Congress: Databases: Science.Gov Adds Access To THOMAS

On the In Custodia Legis blog from the Law Library of Congres, Andrew Weber has posted a note letting us know that Science.gov results now include material from the THOMAS database in basic search results. 

Specifically, material from the 111th and 112th Congress.

From the Science.gov Web Site:

By including THOMAS in your search, you will be guided to the "Bill Summary & Status" containing information about bills and amendments on your topic. The summary and status information includes: sponsor(s); cosponsor(s); official, short and popular titles; floor/executive actions; detailed legislative history; Congressional Record page references; bill summary; committees of referral; reporting and origin; subcommittees of referral; links to other committee information provided by the House of Representatives; amendment descriptions (and text, when available); subjects (indexing terms assigned to each bill); a link to the full text versions and if the bill has been enacted into law, a link to the full text of the law on the Government Printing Office Web site (in both text and .PDF formats).

Legislative information is automatically included in all Basic Searches on Science.gov. If you wish to search legislative information specifically, or if you want to exclude it, you may use the Advanced Search to mark/unmark the appropriate checkboxes. To add THOMAS to your Alerts, you must login to your Alerts account and manually add it to your menu of selections.

Last week, Weber compiled and wrote an excellent post about resources other than the THOMAS.gov site to find access to THOMAS. It's also a very useful to potentially discover several first-rate resources for U.S. government info. They include GovTrack.us and one of the very best and most robust databases online, the C-SPAN Video Library.

By the way, as many of you know, C-SPAN began as a service to provide video coverage to the floor proceedings and other events surrounding the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. However, C-SPAN and the C-SPAN Video Library contains all of that material and much more. In many ways it's a searchable history of world events plus interviews with thousands of lawmakers, authors, journalists, and newsmakers.


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