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Locating a State Constitution: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist One of our most frequent requests from patrons is for assistance with their constitutional research, particularly with regard to state constitutions.  While the best resource for information is likely the state library and/or state archives of the state that created the constitution […]

The Congress.gov Top 16 in 2016

This has been an exciting year working on Congress.gov.  In April we announced that THOMAS would be retired on July 5, which is when we officially pulled the plug.  Congress.gov matured over the year with new advanced ways to search the system and a variety of email alerts for tracking what is happening in Congress. We […]

2017 New Year’s Greetings from the Law Librarian of Congress

This is a guest post by Roberta I. Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress. Download the PDF version of the FY2016 Law Library Annual Report. New Opportunities and Perspectives The year 2016 witnessed a historic change at the Library of Congress – the installation of the first woman and first African-American Librarian of Congress. Chief Justice […]

Most Viewed Law Library Reports of 2016

This year there have been a number of new Law Library Reports published. I looked through In Custodia Legis and found all of the new reports that we blogged about over the year. They cover a wide range of topics. Legal Reports on Counterterrorism Laws and other Security Measures Parliaments Around the World New Resource Covers […]

New Law Library Report on Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes Jurisdiction

The following is a guest post by Constance Johnson, a senior legal research analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Constance has previously written on World Health Day, Water Rights on Star Island, Law Relating to Refugee Rights – Global Legal Collection Highlights, her summer vacation on Star Island, and more. The Law Library of Congress […]

Music and the Law, Part 2

The following post is cross posted on the In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog. As promised, we present Part 2 of our look into Music and the Law where we polled our staff to determine their favorite songs/musical works regarding the law.  The submissions were very diverse!  Here we take a look at those that fit […]