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User Driven Enhancements to THOMAS Launched on its Fifteenth
In response to user feedback and in celebration of its fifteenth
anniversary, THOMAS has been updated for the second session of the 111th
Congress. The new items include a bookmarking and sharing toolbar, top
five bills of the week, a new RSS feed, highlighting how to contact
Members of Congress, a tip of the week, enhanced visibility of bill
PDFs, and an increased timeout interval.
The bookmarking and sharing toolbar, found near the top of most THOMAS
pages, allows users to save or share a permanent link via bookmarks,
email, or social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. The
toolbar also includes quick links to subscribe to THOMAS RSS feeds and
The five most-searched-for bills from the past week will be listed in
the center box on the right side of the homepage. Hovering the mouse
over the bill number will display the title of the bill.
The new Bills Presented to the President RSS feed and email update
lists bills that have passed both the House and Senate and have been
sent to the White House for the President's signature.
It's now easier to contact your Members of Congress. A link to this
page of tips about how to contact your Representative or Senator is
included on the homepage.
Each week, a new tip about using THOMAS will be displayed on the
right-hand side of the THOMAS homepage, below the “Top Five” list.
Based on user feedback, links to the bill PDF are more visible and
accessible. Clicking on a PDF link will bring you to the Government
Printing Office (GPO) PDF for a specific version of a bill.
Search results within THOMAS are displayed on temporary pages. The
timeout interval has been increased from 5 minutes to 20 minutes.
THOMAS, the legislative information system of the Library of Congress,
was launched fifteen years ago on January 5, 1995. THOMAS can be
accessed at http://thomas.loc.gov.
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