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How to Navigate the Library of Congress Website

The Basics: Library of Congress Homepage

The Basics: Four ways to get to LOC Homepage

Use URL Address:

2.Click on LOC Logo:

3.Click on LOC link at top or bottom of page:

a.The Library of Congress > American Memory Home

b.The Library of Congress | Legal

4. Use the Back Button/arrow.

Open your browser and type in URL address for Library of Congress:

Let’s Practice!

Directions: Click on Ask a Librarian to practice each method for returning to homepage below.

Click on Library of Congress Logo:

Click on Library of Congress link: The Library of Congress > Ask a Librarian

Use Back Button/arrow.

Using “Ask a Librarian” Resource

Directions: Click on Ask a Librarian tab and then take a few minutes to explore the site to discover the services that the LOC does and does NOT provide.

Hint: Click on a couple of links under General Collections.

“Ask a Librarian”

  • 1. What services does the LOC provide?

  • 2. What services does the LOC NOT provide?

  • 3. What are the four ways you can contact the LOC?

  • 4. When can you expect an email reply?

“Ask a Librarian”

  • 1. What services does the LOC provide?

    a.Basic research assistance

    b.Answers about resources unique to LOC

“Ask a Librarian”

  • 2. What services does the LOC

    NOT provide?

    a.Answers to student assignments

    b.Answers to contests, puzzles, or games.

    c.Prices of old stock certificates, books, etc.

    d.Copies of scientific books, etc.

American Memory

A digital record of American

History and creativity.

Note to Audience: Please follow along with Power point slides and interactive notes for this segment. You do not need to access LOC website at this time.

Where to find American Memory on the LOC homepage:

About American Memory

  • Comprised of more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture.

  • Organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to library.

About American Memory

Original formats include:

  • Manuscripts

  • Prints

  • Photographs

  • Posters

  • Maps

  • Sound Recordings

  • Motion Pictures

  • Books

  • Pamphlets

  • Sheet Music

Helpful Tips for Navigating American Memory

Home Tab is for American Memory not LOC!

Browse Tab will take you to page with four ways to search collections in American Memory.

About Tab takes you to page with Mission and History of American Memory.

Help Tab takes you to page that provides tips for how to view items and search for items in the collections. The page also has FAQ.

Helpful Tips for Browsing American Memory

It’s time to Browse!

Complete Application Exercise for LOC’s American Memory:

Go to and click on American Memory.

Click on Browse tab.

Begin exercise.

America’s Story

Have fun learning history!

How to locate America’s Story: Find Especially For…section LOC homepage and click on Kids & Families Link.

On Kids and Families page, click on America’s Library link to find America’s Story.

About America’s Story

  • Purpose: to help students have fun with history while learning at the same time.

  • The site was designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories for people of all ages, and the LOC hopes children and their families will want to explore this site together.

Exploring America’s Story

Complete and Share Interactive Notes.

The Wise Guide

Your guide to keeping up with the LOC!

Purpose of the Wise Guide

  • To introduce people to the many fascinating, educational and useful resources available from the LOC.

  • Organized as a monthly online magazine that offers links to the best of the Library's online materials. Each of these "articles" is based on items contained in a collection, database, reading room or other area of the Library's online offerings.

How to find Wise

  • Scroll down to bottom of homepage and look for it in Explore and Discover section.

How to find Wise

  • From go to Students and Families page.

  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of page where you will see:


Millions of items are waiting for you-explore, discover, and be inspired!

Definition/Purpose of Exhibitions

  • Online exhibits that highlight a specific theme or topic.

  • Allow you and your students to take a virtual tour of the treasures housed at the LOC without having to leave your classroom!

Four Main Themes:

  • Presentation of great libraries and written traditions.

  • Exploration of America’s past and character.

  • Examination of world cultures and history.

  • Celebration of events, individuals, and works that shaped the 20th century and beyond.


How find Exhibitions:

  • Hard to find! Scroll to bottom of LOC home page and look for:


In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress


  • Contains information on current and past legislation and current activity on the House and Senate floors.

  • Makes federal legislative information freely available.

  • Can search by word/phrase, bill number, or by specific legislator.

Search features

Where to find Thomas on LOC home page:

Search features

World Digital Library

Provides significant primary sources from around the world free of charge

What is it?

  • Cooperative project of LOC, UNESCO, and partner libraries, archives, and educational and cultural institutions from U.S. and around the world.

  • The project brings together on a single website rare and unique documents-books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints, etc. that tell the story of the world’s cultures.

Purpose of World Digital Library

  • To make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

  • To promote international and intercultural understanding.

  • To expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet.

  • To provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences.

How to find WDL on LOC Homepage

  • Located in Resources and Programs column on right side of the page.

How to search on WDL site:

  • Can search by Place, Time, Topic, Type of Item, and Institution.

  • Click on number next to an area of the world to begin exploring.

Time to Explore Kids & Families some more!

Veteran’s History Project

Collecting and preserving stories of wartime service on the front lines and on the home front.


  • To collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

  • Tip: click on Search the Veterans Collections to narrow search. Great search tool!

Today in History

Travel back in time via the LOC’s rich collections

Everyday Mysteries

Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress

Places in the News

Maps and facts from happening places around the world

Extra: Check out Maps Collection!

Music, Theater, & Dance

The Library's collection of scores, sheet music, audio, films and more

Check out Patriotic Melodies!

Darla [email protected] [email protected]

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