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Guide to Law Online

Posted by: Christine Sellers

As you might have seen in previous posts on our blog, the Law Library offers a portal of Internet sources of interest to legal researchers called the Guide to Law Online.  The Guide is an annotated list to sources of information on government and law freely available online that has been prepared by the Law …

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Global Legal Resource Room

Posted by: Kurt Carroll

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 …

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Help Finding Comparative and International Law

Posted by: Christine Sellers

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? …

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Tweeting Away

Posted by: Andrew Weber

My how time flies.  I can’t believe it was almost a year ago that we here at the Law Library of Congress entered into the twitterverse. Last October, Matt announced our @LawLibCongress account: The purpose of the Twitter feed, according to the Law Library, is “to engage Members of Congress, their staff, other law libraries, …

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Did You Say Bigger Than A Football Field?

Posted by: Christine Sellers

If you’ve never visited the Law Library of Congress or our Reading Room, you might not know some of the more interesting things about us. We  only have about 1% of our law collection in the Reading Room itself. Patrons can browse these books and select items of interest from the shelves. Patrons can also …

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Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Posted by: Christine Sellers

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787 and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Both the Law Library and the Library of Congress have many resources for researching the Constitution. The Law …

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A Not So California Girl?

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

On my drive to work at the end of last week I heard the joyful news on the radio that singer Katy Perry and British actor/comedian Russell Brand have announced that they are going to get married.  Wonderful!  The second part of the announcement was that Katy Perry loves the UK so much that she wants …

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Do You Remember How to Use a Card Catalog?

Posted by: Christine Sellers

When you walk into the Reading Room of the Law Library of Congress, you might notice something you haven’t seen in a while. A card catalog that is still in use, though no new cards have been added since December 1980. The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system that was first developed …

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Gateways to Dutch Law

Posted by: Kurt Carroll

I just returned from the International Association of Law Libraries annual course on International Legal Information and Law.  The title of this year’s course was Dutch Gateways to International Law with three main themes: the broad reach of international law, the evolution of international law with a focus on The Hague as world capital of …