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OI! YOU THERE: Bobbies and Guns

In keeping with the firearms theme of the past few weeks, I thought it would be remiss of me to discuss the laws relating to the ownership and possession of firearms by the general public and exclude those under which England’s “Bobbies” (the police) must operate.  It is true that police in England and Wales […]

Copyright and Audio Archiving

As part of my job working on our Facebook page and Twitter account, I try to monitor what people are saying about the Law Library of Congress.  Sometimes it’s really interesting to see what pops up. While searching the words Law Library of Congress on Twitter, I keep seeing links to items like this Switched […]

Global Legal Resource Room

In addition to the Law Library Reading Room, the public can also access legal materials in our Global Legal Resource Room.  This space was established to provide a secure area for our 16,250 volume foreign law reference collection.  The Resource Room is located in our administrative offices as the primary users of this collection are […]

Help Finding Comparative and International Law

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Directorate. The Law Library’s Multinational Collections Database is now the Global Legal Information Catalog (GLIC). GLIC is a research tool for the Library of Congress Collections that interfaces with our library catalog. Why do you need to use it? […]

Our First Century of Lawmaking and More

While I frequently mention THOMAS, I should point out that other parts of our website also feature legislative information, especially historic information.  We have one of the most complete collections of U.S. Congressional documents in their original format.  A Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation provides access to U.S. congressional documents and debates from […]

A Bill by Any Other Name

You might remember hearing about an “amendment in the nature of a substitute,” sometimes referred to as a “vehicle bill,” during the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590).  An amendment in the nature of a substitute is an amendment that would strike out the entire text of a bill after […]

Maybe a Dingo Killed the Baby

It’s a phrase that has entered into popular culture and one that people might use to demonstrate the Australian (“Austrayan”) accent but, just as Kirk Lazarus said in Tropic Thunder, “the dingo’s got my baby” (and variations on this quote) really does come from a true story, and a baby really did die.  The cause […]

Where to Watch Congress Online

This has been a great year for watching Congress online!  C-SPAN launched their Video Library .  It is an incredible resource that contains: …[e]very C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, …in the C-SPAN Archives and [is] immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN […]