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Introducing Orientation and Research Strategies

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 158 million items—including books, recordings, photographs, maps, sheet music, manuscripts—in its collections. It collects in over 470 languages, with materials ranging from rare cuneiform tablets to born digital materials. Through its Web site, it provides access to resources, services, and over eleven million of its multimedia primary sources.

How can you access this wealth of information? What resources and services can assist you? This orientation will provide an overview of what's available, provide strategies for accessing the materials, and introduce you to the resources created by staff to further your research into the Library's collections.

The Digital Reference Section conducts a monthly one-hour orientation via webinar. Throughout the program, there are opportunities to ask questions, try various search tools, sample the multimedia primary source materials online, and become familiar with the digital formats on the site. (Please see our Web discussions page for additional webinar offerings.)

When: Orientation programs last for one hour. The next sessions scheduled are:

Wednesday, May 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, June 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon EDT

Where: Online via webinar. Log on information will be emailed within the week prior to the orientation.

Registration (required): Please use the registration form.

Technology Requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or Registration for the program is also required.

Ask a LibrarianFor more information or to request an orientation session for your group, contact the Digital Reference Section via the Ask A Librarian form at

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