THOMAS Turns Fifteen

Initially launched in January of 1995, THOMAS, the legislative database hosted by the Library of Congress, is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this month. Named after Thomas Jefferson,(“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed“, Jan. 6, 1816), this government website provides free public access to federal legislative information, including bills, resolutions, activity in Congress, Congressional Record, schedules, calendars, committee information, Presidential nominations, treaties, and other government resources.

In response to user feedback and in celebration of its fifteenth anniversary, THOMAS has been updated for the second session of the 111th Congress. The new items include a bookmarking and sharing toolbar, top five bills of the week, a new RSS feed, highlighting how to contact Members of Congress, a tip of the week, enhanced visibility of bill
PDFs, and an increased timeout interval.

The bookmarking and sharing toolbar, found near the top of most THOMAS
pages, allows users to save or share a permanent link via bookmarks,
email, or social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. The
toolbar also includes quick links to subscribe to THOMAS RSS feeds and to print.

If you are not familiar with THOMAS, check it out. It is a great source for legislative information. And if you are already using THOMAS, check out the new enhancements.


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