Thursday, 31 January 2008

Online Tutorials on Congressional Research

The library at U.C. Berkeley has created a website housing short online Flash video tutorials that teach how to do Congressional research. The tutorials teach about finding bills, hearings, and debates (including how to use the Congressional Record in paper), and allow the user to pause the tutorial at any point and practice in the live database below the tutorial (if there is a database). The website also contains links to current congressional news, recent votes, and a Google Custom Search Engine focused on Congressional websites. The site is still a work in progress, and the webmasters invite suggestions to improve these tutorials or ideas for a new tutorial on an aspect of Congressional research that isn't covered yet.

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