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Congress.gov adds better search, more content

The Library of Congress’s efforts to replace the aged THOMAS legislation information database with Congress.gov continue with the additions of a quick search for legislation, the Congressional Record index and a "history of bills" feature.

The Quick Search tool is as a streamlined form-based search using fields similar to the Advanced Legislation Search on THOMAS. Improvements to advanced search on Congress.gov include additional fields and more ways to thoroughly search the data.

Data migrations include Congressional Record Index data dating back to 1995 and legislative text from the 101st and 102nd Congresses from 1989 to 1992. The index even provides annotated entries with links to the referenced Confessional Record and bill details. The state legislature websites page was moved over from THOMAS and now features a map linking to U.S. states and territories legislative pages.

The Congress.gov Appropriations Table now includes fiscal years 2003 and 2004, and the Action on Legislation feature to browse by date has been expanded to include amendments.

Throughout the year, the Library of Congress has added to Congress.gov email alerts, treaty documents and better default bill text, enhancements to the search, browse and accessibility features, user driven feedback, Senate Executive Communications and a series of tip videos. It encourages feedback from users for future improvements.

Posted by Amanda Ziadeh on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM


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