Law Library of Congress Adds Useful New Research Tools to THOMAS

In response to user feedback and in celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of THOMAS, the Law Library of Congress announced a number of new features for its bill tracking service, including:

  • Bookmarking and Sharing Widget: This very useful feature allows you to save the permanent URL for a bill and share it via bookmarks, email, or social networking sites.
  • Bill Text PDFs: Locate the link to the Government Printing Office’s PDF version of a bill more easily at the top of each “Text of Legislation” page.
  • Increased Timeout Interval: Search pages will stay usable longer because the timeout interval has been increased from 5 minutes to 20 minutes.
  • Top Five Bills: The “Weekly Top Five” includes the five most-searched-for bills from the past week in the right column of the homepage. Hover your mouse over the bill number and you’ll see the title of the bill.

We applaud the Law Library for introducing these new exciting tools that will help legal researchers and members of the public to more easily track important legislation. We will continue to update you with each new series of enhancements to THOMAS.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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