Summer Makeover for the Law Library of Congress Website

The Law Library of Congress has recently modified its look and user-interface to be more user-friendly for visitors and frequent users of their site.

The Law Library of Congress has a wealth of resources and information for lawyers and law students. Make sure to frequent the website for your legal research and studies.

Changes of note

(1)   Page layout – You will notice the website pages are wider, offering more space for content and a cleaner look to the pages.

(2)   Improved search – The localized search for the site (see the search box under our logo to the left of the page) has switched to a new integrated and faceted approach.  The new search will allow users to refine their searches with facets, creating a search tool that is powerful and flexible.  Once a search term or phrase is entered, users will receive a custom map or breakdown (facets) of search results, such as format of content (PDF, webpage, book); dates; name of sites or collections (American Memory, Library of Congress, Library of Congress Catalog); contributors; subjects; languages, etc.  Once these auto-generated facets or limiters are created, you can use them to refine or clarify your query in one simple step.  For an example of the difference between the old search and new faceted search, see the screen shots below (Dred Scott was used as the search phrase).

(3)   Highlighting of content – Our homepage brings forward content authored by Law Library staff that focuses on global law and U.S. legal information.  Items include:

  • Current Legal Topics – A collection of guides and reports that provide legal commentary and recommended resources on issues and events with legal significance.
  • Global Legal Monitor (GLM) – Frequently updated, the GLM is an online publication covering legal news and developments from around the globe.
  • Guide to Law Online – This annotated portal includes links to primary and secondary sources of government and law from over 190 nations and the U.S.

(4)   New Law Library logo and left-hand navigation highlights – The Law Library’s new logo, featuring a tree with the scales of justice, appears on the website in the upper left-hand corner of each page.

The navigation terms on the left-hand side of each page have changed slightly.  We have renamed some of the categories to help simplify and clarify the navigation for users – “Research help” is now “Research & Reports”  and “Contact Us” is now “Submit a Request.”


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