This blog post was written by Christy D’Antonio, Evening Part-time Reference Librarian, Biddle Law Library
Many of us have watched C-SPAN, a cable television station that focuses on hot topics in American political life. Few of us, however, have visited the C-SPAN website, a resrouce that often links to reports, charts, and web resources. The C-SPAN website is organized into various tabs which include programming schedules, featured topics, C-SPAN series, C-SPAN websiotes, and resources. In the “Featured Topics” tab, for instance, if you click the 111th Congress link, you will find a voting schedule, leadership lists, interactive maps, resports and “Congressional Links” (a gateway page for links to anything having to do with the U.S. Congress). For those of us who want more up-to-date and direct informatinoi, C-SPAN even provides links to Congressional twitter accounts!
If you seek a break or diversion from politics, the C-SPAN website also provides an extensive collection of contemporary non-fiction author interviews. Booknotes.org, for instance, is a permanent online archive of searchable video and transcripts of author interviews from 1989 to 2004. The interviews consist of authors discussing their works, research methods, and lives. Another C-SPAN resource is BookTV, which features a schedule of current and upcoming shows, with corresponding links, and “News About Books,” which links to non-fiction works.
C-SPAN offers much much more that cable tv broadcasts. Check it out!