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Introducing Congress.gov, THOMAS.gov's Successor

Since its beginnings in 1995, the Library of Congress's THOMAS.gov has served as an authoritative and reliable official web site for federal legislation.  Within the past month, however, visitors to THOMAS.gov have been redirected to Congress.gov.  What is Congresss.gov and what is the significance of the transition away from THOMAS.gov?

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Congress.gov has been designed to fully replace THOMAS.gov.  Once Congress.gov is fully launched by the end of 2014, it will incorporate all of its predecessor's content.  While a variety of enhancements have been made, some of the more major improvements include:

  • Ability to sort search results by date, document number, or title;
  • Ability to search within results, by adding multiple search terms to a faceted or filtered result set; and
  • Ability to locate videos which explain the legislative process.

When Congress.gov is complete, it will include materials on treaties, nominations, and executive communications, in addition to legislation. For updated coverage information, see this page.   

  

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Congress.gov webinar trainings are available every couple of months --sign up for one here.  Also, users may improve Congress.gov by providing feedback via this short survey.

Congress.gov should expand in the coming months with a variety of new collections.  Check back often, and harnass the resources and power of the refined and user-friendly Congress.gov!