The congressional research site THOMAS has a new look and several new features. According to this Library of Congress announcement Friday, new features include:
- A revised home page to increase visual appeal. It incorporates features such as consistent headers and footers, as well as “breadcrumbs” that help users easily determine the path that leads from the home page to a page they are viewing.
- A left-side menu for quick access to major sections of the site. This menu provides direct links to “Bills, Resolutions,” “Congressional Record,” “Government Resources” and information “For Teachers,” among others. The new “For Teachers” link takes educators to lesson plans, classroom activities and primary sources that have been designed and chosen by Library of Congress educational specialists.
- The ability to browse legislation by sponsor from the home page.
- Links in presidential nomination records to Senate hearings.
- Links to related Library of Congress resources, such as the Law Library and webcasts of public-affairs lectures and other events held at the library.
- Links to the full text of treaties from treaty records.
- Enhanced ability to search multiple congresses simultaneously by clicking on a link from the main home page.