Monday, August 1, 2011

Use Twitter to Follow Progress on Pending Legislation

I am amazed at how over the course of the last year or so, I have been using Twitter for most of my current awareness research (and it reaches me much faster than email or listserv resources).  I would recommend that anyone doing legal research should include Twitter as a valuable resource.

One example of a valuable use of Twitter is following pending legislation.  Following on Twitter will allow you to have up to the minute updates on pending legislation.  The recent debt ceiling negotiations in Congress are a prime example of how important a resource Twitter has become. 

The Law Library of Congress announced the service last April here.  

“The @THOMASdotgov account will provide alerts on THOMAS updates, bills being considered on the floor of Congress, and will serve as a venue for feedback on THOMAS.”

This is a great example of a free resource that all law students and practicing lawyers should be aware of and learn to incorporate into their research toolboxes.


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