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The Holy Grail gets more easier and more awesomier

Library of Congress Main Reading Room

Okay . . . grammar and spelling may be a bit unconventional. But easy and awesome is not good enough. More easier and more awesomier just seems to fit here.

It’s the last day of my time here in DC and I was able to spend a couple of hours at the Library of Congress. It truly is the Holy Grail for any one who teaches history or social studies. (Even if they didn’t honor my Kansas Library Card and let me into the Main Reading Room, I was able to join the unwashed rabble and view it through safety glass.)

But while the actual Library of Congress is not easily accessible to everyone, the LOC web site has gotten much easier to use.

More easier. Especially when it comes to searching. Earlier searches at LOC were based more on how archivists think rather than how, well . . . normal people think and so were extremely confusing.

The new search feature is much more streamlined and allows for huge amounts of refinement. So how to use the more easier, more awesomier search feature?

Find the search box in the top right-hand corner of the site and type in your keywords. I used “battle of gettysburg.” That got me 1363 hits. Way too many.

In the old days before more easier, there wasn’t any good way to narrow your results. But now you can just use the handy “Refine Your Search” box on the left side and check or un-check a variety of choices.

Select from digitized / non-digitized, original and online formats, subject site, contributor and date. Using this new feature helps you quickly narrow down your results to find exactly what you’re looking for. And once you find what you want, a new site design also makes it more easier to navigate the final document you’re using.

The more awesomier Teachers Page has also gotten a re-design and is more easier to use. I especially like the handy classroom materials by state standards feature.

So if you’re like most people and can’t get into the Main Reading Room either, try the new easier, more awesomier web site. It’s not the Holy Grail but it’s pretty darn close.

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  1. The LOC also has great FREE conferences for social studies teachers! They are developed by the librarians and help teachers to learn how to use the site, the library, and the many materials in the teacher pages…Check them out early because they fill up fast!

    August 16, 2011

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