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What is THOMAS.gov on Jeopardy?

This government website was mentioned in the Library of Congress category during the recent Jeopardy! Kids Week.

It’s always fun when someone you know references your work.  And it’s definitely rather cool when it is referenced on TV.  One of my colleagues, Tammie, received an email from a friend that said:

Jeopardy just had a category on LOC – which was cool in and of itself – but one of the answers dealt with THOMAS!

Your work is referenced on Jeopardy! How cool is that!

This was followed by another email that I completely agreed with: “Excellent – sounds like a good blog item for Law Library :-) .”

What was the answer for which they were trying to determine the question?

 

THE loc.gov FEATURE CALLED THOMAS LETS YOU SEARCH FOR THESE MADE BY CONGRESS, LIKE H.R. 575

Unfortunately, the kids on the program probably don’t read this blog.  If they did, they would have known the answer:

What lets you search for laws passed by Congress?

Curious as to what H.R. 575 is in the current Congress?  It’s the HEALTHY Vets Act of 2011.

This isn’t the first time the Library of Congress has been a category on Jeopardy.  One previous occasion was the Library’s 200th birthday in April 2000.  I also learned that there is a lot of Jeopardy! material here at the Library of Congress that you can find by searching the website, including some of the early records of Jeopardy! on microfilm in the Motion Picture & Television Reading Room.

5 Comments

  1. Marie
    July 14, 2011 at 11:38 am

    The answer should be ‘What are bills?’

  2. Andrew Weber
    July 14, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Good answer!

  3. Elliott Long
    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Excellent, Marie.

  4. Leslie Alwiel
    July 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    If the Answer is THOMAS the question could be:

    What is the coolest way for the public to keep track of legistation? THOMAS rocks!

  5. Davin Peterson
    July 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I saw another clue on kid’s week:
    loc.gov
    IS THE WEBSITE
    FOR THIS PLACE
    HOME TO ABOUT
    745 MILES OF
    BOOKSHELVES

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