100th Anniversary of The“Constitution Annotated” Brings New App for Access


The United States has the world’s oldest constitution, written over 225 years ago.  For 100 years , the publication “The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation”, has provided  analysis  by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Library of Congress. The volume give legal professionals, teachers, students and anyone researching the constitution, a rich source of primary documents and expert analysis.

The bound edition came out every 10 years, with updates addressing new constitutional law cases issued every two years. The online version will enable updates of new case analysis, three or four times each year.  At nearly 3,000-pages, the print  “Constitution Annotated” was usually only found in libraries and law firms. The digital format and the new digital application, allow access on handheld portable devices.

The Government Printing Office  (GPO) collaborating with the Library of Congress  are using 21st-century methods of distributing, accessing and updating this important document.

“The “Constitution Annotated” web publication will be available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) www.fdsys.gov as a digitally-signed, searchable PDF that includes a linked table of contents, a linked table of cases, a linked index and GPO’s Seal of Authenticity on every page.”

“The new Constitution Annotated app is available for the iOS platform and allows users to read the entire document; browse by section – such as by article of or amendment to the Constitution; view and navigate content from a table of cases and index; and search all text. The app can be downloaded for free from iTunes…”

These digital versions will provide state-of-the-art access to the expert commentary on one of the world’s greatest legal documents, for free to anyone with a computer or mobile device.

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