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Archive: 2010 (34 Posts)

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A Pirate’s Life for Me

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Last week we posted a collection of pre-1923 piracy trials.  The immediate response was fun to follow on Twitter.  Georgetown Law Library tweeted: Avast me hearties! Read all about pre-1923 pirate trials from @LawLibCongress http://go.usa.gov/cQk A recent post on Slaw, a Canadian law blog, by Simon Fodden (the founder of the blog) discussed the collection.  …

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Tweeting THOMAS and Connecting with Congress

Posted by: Andrew Weber

We’re big into Twitter here at the Library of Congress.  The Library of Congress account is closing in on 100,000 followers.   The Law Library account has grown steadily since its launch last October.  I work with a colleague to tweet for the @LawLibCongress account.  Twitter can be a great tool for both finding out about …

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What is Congress Sending the President?

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Want to know what Congress just passed and sent down Pennsylvania Avenue? You can keep track through  THOMAS.  There is a Bills Presented to the President RSS feed and email alert.  It lists bills that have passed both the House of Representatives and Senate and have been sent to the White House for the President’s …

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Our Hours Thanks to 2 U.S.C. 138

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Did you know that we are open to Congress anytime either Chamber is in session?  If they are in session on Thanksgiving, we have a law librarian here open for business.  If they are gathering during a blizzard, we have someone walk through the snow to be here. What provision requires us to be open?  …

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Top Weekly Bills in THOMAS

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Since the January enhancements to THOMAS, I’ve been looking at the statistics on user searches and creating a list of the most searched legislation.   Health care legislation has dominated the list since then, jumping around but always somewhere within the top ten. The current top ten includes: H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act …

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The Foreign Jurisdictions of The Bluebook

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Back before the 18th Edition of The Bluebook was published, we were asked to help revamp table T.2 Foreign Jurisdictions.  We have a great group of almost two dozen foreign law specialists (that Kelly previously mentioned) who come from around the world to work at the Law Library of Congress.  In other words, we have the …

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What Exactly is In Custodia Legis?

Posted by: Andrew Weber

In Custodia Legis is Latin for in the custody of the law.  One role of the Law Library of Congress is to be a custodian of law and legislation.  As part of this, our team of bloggers covers current legal trends, collecting for the largest law library in the world, a British perspective, a perspective …