Thursday, November 15, 2007


You’ve met Thomas; now, meet LOUIS.

According to its Web site, the aim of the Library of Unified Information Sources (LOUIS; a project of the Sunlight Foundation) is “to create a comprehensive, completely indexed and cross-referenced depository of federal documents from the executive and legislative branches of government”. The site also states that “we are not there yet, but we can now offer these documents organized in a user-friendly interface, with a powerful search engine”. LOUIS also allows users to construct a standing query as an RSS feed, which will then alert them to whatever new documents satisfy their search.

Sources currently include Bills and Resolutions, Congressional Hearings, the Congressional Record, Congressional Reports, the Federal Register, GAO documents, and Presidential documents. Dates of coverage for most databases are from 2001 to the present.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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