Hot Doc: THOMAS Releases Third Major Update in 2010

Need to look up state or federal legislative information? THOMAS <thomas.loc.gov> not only provides excellent images of primary sources such as the Declaration of Independence and Elliot’s Debates, to current issues on the House and Senate floors; it also provides live video of House sessions and much more, offers various ways to search, and is now more convenient than ever, with accessibility through Droid, iPhone or Blackberry! Now you can do your research while you’re at the pool, the football game or the RAC!

News release on Hot Doc : THOMAS

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/Law
LibCongress, YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress#g/c/96401BE3402149B9, and
iTunes U http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/loc.gov.3061529668.

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 http://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.

Emily Carr
Legal Reference Specialist
Law Library of Congress

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