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Locating Congressional Documents: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. Congressional documents concern a wide variety of subjects and include all papers ordered printed by the House or Senate apart from congressional committee reports. As described by the Government Publishing Office (GPO), congressional documents “may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, […]

Top 10 In Custodia Legis Posts for 2015

In Custodia Legis published 232 posts in 2015.  Thanks to our prolific team of authors, that’s almost one post per day (not counting holidays or weekends)! Liah Caravalho and Jennifer González joined us as full-fledged members of the blog team in 2015. Liah keeps us up-to-date on Law Library events and special visitors.  Jennifer’s posts […]

An Interview with Jill James, Chief of the Digital Resources Division

This week’s interview is with Jill James, chief of the Digital Resources Division at the Global Legal Collection Directorate. Welcome on board, Jill. Describe your background I live in College Park, Maryland, with my husband, and our young daughter and son. I grew up in northern Delaware. My parents, younger sister, and most of my […]

The Congress.gov Top 15 in 2015

Another year, another list of legislation! After 13 in 2013 and 14 in 2014, it is time for the 15 most-viewed items in 2015 on Congress.gov. H.R.213 [114th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015 H.R.1599 [114th] Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 H.R.1735 [114th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 […]

Virginia Dynasty: James Madison

Four of the first five United States presidents were Founding Fathers from Virginia. Of the first 36 years of the United States’ existence, Virginian men served as president for 32 of them. This period became known as the Virginia Dynasty. In the last few months, I have visited all of their homes and wanted to […]

Most Viewed Legal Research Reports in 2015

With 2015 coming to end we are looking back at our accomplishments for the year. Recently, Donna wrote about the Top 15 Articles from the Enhanced GLM. Another online source that is useful for policy makers, legal researchers, and anyone interested in U.S., foreign, international, and comparative law is our collection of legal research reports.  These […]

On the Shelf: Fire codes

On December 30, 1903, a fire broke out in the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago, Illinois when a broken arc light ignited a muslin curtain. The theatre burned to the ground and over 600 theatre occupants, more than two-thirds women and children, died of asphyxiation, burns, or trampling. It remains one of the deadliest fires in […]

Hawaii Added to the Indigenous Law Portal

The Library of Congress debuted the Indigenous Law Portal back in 2014, starting with coverage for tribes located within the continental United States. Since that time, the portal has expanded to include Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. Constructed upon the Library’s K Classification system, the Indigenous Law Portal features links to current legal materials from the […]

Top 15 Articles from the Enhanced GLM

The Global Legal Monitor (GLM), one of the Law Library of Congress’s premier online sources, published 473 articles in 2015 covering legal developments from around the world on a variety of issues, particularly parliamentary acts and court decisions. When writing for the Global Legal Monitor, we try to focus on issues that we believe will interest our readers.  One of the […]