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An Introduction to Congress.gov

Barbara Bavis, Ashley Sundin, and I are happy to bring you an introduction to Congress.gov.  This video provides a brief explanation of how to use the new features in the latest release, such as accounts, saved searches, member remarks in the Congressional Record, and executive nominations. If you would like more in-depth training on Congress.gov, we hold bi-monthly webinars that are free and available to the public. Our next webinar is scheduled from 2-3 p.m. on September 25, 2014, and you can sign up for it on Law.gov.  Do you have an opinion on Congress.gov that you would like to share with us, such as new features that you would like to see added to the site? Please let us know by completing the following survey. Also, if there is something you would like us to cover in a future video, please leave us a comment below.

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research and Global Legal Collection Highlights: Official Publication of Chinese Law

If you got a chance to read my previous posts on Chinese legal research, Who Makes What? and Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules, you know that under China’s Law on Legislation, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and its standing committee make laws; the State Council makes administrative regulations; and the ministries and commissions under the […]

Family Law: A Beginner’s Guide – Part 2: Child Custody, Support, and Adoption

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, legal reference specialists. In Part Two of our Family Law Beginner’s Guide, we are shifting our focus to what the law says about children’s roles in the family—focusing on their custody and care.  Below, please find information and resources for legal researchers regarding child custody, […]

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules

This is the second post in my A Guide to Chinese Legal Research series, following the first one published on January 30, 2014: A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Who Makes What? My previous post on Chinese legal research introduced various types of documents having the force of law in China. Among them, the most […]

An Introduction to Water Law

Although I grew up in an arid western state, my first real awareness of the complicated rules governing water usage came when I saw the movie The Milagro Beanfield War in 1988.  The action in the movie centers around the accidental and illegal diversion of water by Joe Mondragon, which brings down the wrath of the state government […]

Discovery: A Beginner’s Guide

This post was co-authored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, Legal Reference Specialists. We receive a wide array of questions here at the Law Library of Congress—from detailed foreign legal research, to tracing U.S. federal legislation, and everything in between—but one area of legal research on which we consistently receive requests for assistance is the […]