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Library of Congress offers wonderful resources

It is National Library Week. It is a time to celebrate the library, the various resources, and the great people who make it all work. What better time to highlight a wonderful resource – the Library of Congress website. There are so many features available that I cannot discuss them all in just one post. I hope you take time to explore. Everyone is probably familiar with Thomas. Thomas offers access to federal legislative materials. This includes access to current and historical Bill text and summaries, committee reports, roll call votes, a searchable congressional record, and much more.

The Government/Law collection of American Memory provides access to some amazing historical documents. It includes early Congressional documents (1774-1875) to September 11th narratives. The American Memory is “a gateway to the Library of Congress’s vast resources of digitized American historical materials”. There are many other topics incorporated into the American Memory project including advertising, sports, industry, maps and women’s history.

The Global Gateway offers a section entitled “Portals to the World.” This page provides links to quality websites detailing information on various categories for hundreds of countries. Library staff and specialists have reviewed the websites.

While not exactly law related, the Performing Arts Encyclopedia is also a great stop. Researchers can find digitized materials on dance, music and art.

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