Wednesday, January 06, 2010

THOMAS Web Site Updated with New Features

To celebrate its 15th anniversary and address user feedback, the Library of Congress's THOMAS web site has introduced new features for finding legislative information. For those of you unfamiliar with THOMAS, it is a user-friendly government online resource for accessing legislative information--bills and resolutions as well as information about the lawmaking process. The updates include the following features on the THOMAS home page:

  • Weekly Top Five (center of the right-hand side) These are the five most-viewed bills of the previous week. The list shows bill numbers, but you can mouse over the number to see the popular title of the bill. Included in this week's top five are the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.
  • Bookmarking and Sharing Tools at the top of the page. These allow users to subscribe to THOMAS RSS feeds and share THOMAS links on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious.
  • Passed Congress, Sent to President, under "Current Activities" on the right side of the page, links to bills that have passed Congress and have been sent to the White House for the president's signature. Here you can also subscribe to an RSS feed or e-mail the list of bills.
  • Contact Members of Congress, under the "More Legislative Information" heading, provides tips on contacting your senators and representatives.
  • Tip of the Week, bottom right-hand side of the page, provides you with weekly tips on using the THOMAS web site.
Have fun exploring the new THOMAS features. If you still can't find the legislative information you need, see our guide to Congress and Legislation.

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