Where did the Virtual Reference Shelf go?

What happened to this resource from the former Ask a Librarian site?

The Library of Congress Ask a Librarian Service has migrated to this new platform. As part of that migration, a decision was made to retire the Virtual Reference Shelf web resource.

It is still possible to access an archived version of the site (as part of the Library of Congress Web Archive) where you will find this resource as well as an archive of the Library of Congress's entire website going back many years.

The Library's reference staff and curators have developed hundreds of new and updated subject-oriented guides to support your research needs, and the needs of researchers at all levels. These guides provide subject and format-oriented information on resources in the Library's onsite collections, research strategies for further exploration, and links to many freely-accessible resources available online.

As always, please feel free to contact us through Ask a Librarian if we can help you with your research, or if you have ideas for future guides that might be helpful to you and other researchers like you.

You may also find it helpful to consult the following websites for general information on a variety of topics:

  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
    Browse index for all CRS Reports
    This collection provides the public with access to research products produced by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for the United States Congress. By law, CRS works exclusively for Congress, providing timely, objective, and authoritative research and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of political party affiliation.
  • govInfo
    govinfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. govinfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.
  • Primo Central External
    This subscription resource will search across many of the Library of Congress's journal article and ebook databases as well as some open access content. It is especially useful for cross-topic searching, and will generate a list of references to articles and other resources that may be helpful to your research. Please note: If you are using the Primo search tool from home, you will not be able to access most full-text content, due to copyright and/or site-license restrictions, but the references themselves should provide helpful if you take them to your local library for help finding the full text in library collections in your area.
  • USA.gov (the Official Guide to Government Information and Services)
    USA.gov is an interagency product administered by USAGov (formerly the Federal Citizen Information Center), a division of the U.S. General Services Administration's Technology Transformation Service.

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