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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Congressional Record Index Added to Congress.gov

Nota Bene has been covering the development of Congress.gov for several years, and the Library of Congress staff behind Congress.gov continues to improve the product. Last month, the Congressional Record Index was added to Congress.gov, allowing users to search by index terms for content within the Congressional Record.  The Congressional Record Index provides topical access to remarks and activities by members of Congress, individuals, organizations, and legislative business mentioned during daily proceedings.

The Congressional Record Index is not a new creation, it is produced online daily and printed monthly by the Congressional Record Index Office. The office creates both the Index (updated dailas well as the  History of Bills and Resolutions that tracks the legislative progress of every piece of legislation introduced in Congress. You can view the indexes for Congressional sessions beginning in 1983 through FDsys  Congress.gov currently hosts the index for the 104th Congress (1995) to the present, and earlier terms will be added throughout the coming year.

Congress.gov has many ways to link to remarks by specific members of Congress, and results can be quickly filtered and narrowed by searching  for the member of Congress from the Congress.gov homepage. The Congressional Record Index will be of best use for researchers interested in locating mentions of businesses and organizations that are not indexed elsewhere.

As Congress.gov continues to improve both its search power and content, Thomas,the government’s original website for legislative information, will not remain for long. The Library of Congress will announce an official retirement date for Thomas in the coming months.

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