New E-Journal Finder

Various databases that Georgetown subscribes to may offer the journal you are looking for — so how do you find the one that does? Or the one that does that offers coverage of the year for the article you are looking for?

Georgetown’s updated E-Journal Finder can help you find electronically published articles and books quickly. There is also an updated tutorial and text instructions on how to use the E-Journal Finder.

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After climbing to the 5th floor of Williams Library, you may need to replenish your water supply.   Use one of the new hydration stations recently installed.  Thanks to our great tFile_000eam in Facilities, we now have 2 new hydration stations on the 5th floor of Williams. They have both the bottle filling and regular drinking fountain features.  The fountains on the 5th floor were first on our list because plumbing problems necessitated their repair.  Other drinking fountains, in both Williams, and Wolff, will continue to be replaced/installed as funds become available. ​


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Construction Noise in the Library This Weekend

hammerIn response to student feedback, the Library is in the process of installing two more hydration stations on both sides of the 5th level atrium. There will be noise throughout the building Friday, January 29 possibly through Sunday, January 31.

Please be patient while the installation is in progress. Disposable foam earplugs are, as always, available at the Reference Desk in the Williams Reading Room.

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Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

The library will be holding two orientation training sessions for new faculty research assistants this spring.  In this training, RAs will learn about library services and policies and will gain an introduction to our databases and to best research practices.

The sessions will be:

  • Friday, February 5th, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 3:30pm-4:30pm

All sessions will be held in the Computer Learning Center (CLC) in the Williams Law Library.

To attend this training, please RSVP here.  Any questions can be sent to Jeremy McCabe, Research Services Librarian,, 202-662-9145.

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New Resources for Legal Historians

The library now has access to three new databases providing historical papers and biographical information of founding fathers.

While legal historians used to have to sift through papers to learn what John Marshall and John Jay had to say, they can now access this database and search for keywords, events, case names  and more.

Biographical information on over 25,000 people born between 1713 and 1815 is available in the People of the Founding Era database. You can find out information about every person George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, among others, corresponded with in the infancy of our nation.

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2015 Year End Report of the Federal Judiciary

Historically, each year on the last day of the year, the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court releases a year end report highlighting the case load of the federal courts. Chief Justice Robert’s report can be found here. While the workload of the court can be found in the Appendix of the report, this year’s report also focuses on the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which took occurred in 2015.

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Holiday Break Hours: December 20th to January 11th

Over the December break, the Georgetown Law Library will be open fewer hours, and we’ll be completely closed from December 24th through January 1st.  Following is a summary of hours for the library from December 20th through January 11th.

View a full calendar of our hours for these and other dates.

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Circulation and Building Access
(Wolff and EBW Library Locations)

December 20th noon to 8pm
December 21st  through December 23rd  9am to  5pm
December 24th through January 1st  CLOSED
January 2nd  9am to 5pm
January 3rd noon to 8pm
January 4th  through January 9th  9am to 5pm
January 10th noon to 8pm
January 11th to January 15th  8am to 10pm
January 16th Normal hours resume   7am to 2am

Reference Services:

December 21 through December 23: CLOSED
December 24 through January 3: CLOSED
January 4 through January 8:  On demand (Williams); closed (Wolff)
January 9 and January 10: Reference Services Closed.
January 11 to January 15: 9am to 5pm (Williams); 11am to 5pm (Wolff)
January 16: Normal hours resume.

Share or Save: Now Offers Free Access to Congressional Research Service Reports

While in law school, students can access CRS Reports from a number of our subscription databases, with ProQuest Congressional being the most popular, but once out in the real world, you might need to access these policy reports for free. now makes that available.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) performs public policy research directly for Members of Congress and Congressional Committees, but their reports are not made directly available to members of the public as a matter of policy. That is no longer the case with the new website of

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Study Aids available!

As you begin to prepare for exams, supplement your assigned readings with study aids found in the library. Study aids can clarify confusing concepts and even provide practice questions for your review. A variety of study aids are available and the best one to use depends on your course and individual study habits. Most of these books can be found in the Williams Reading Room Reserve, with older editions in the stacks available for checkout.

Examples & Explanations (practice questions and answers)
Nutshells (a broad overview of a subject)
Hornbooks (in-depth treatment with extensive citations)
Understanding Series (“concise, yet comprehensive”)
Concepts and Insights (provides a basic theoretical foundation)
Turning Point (a broad overview similar to Nutshells)

CALI lessons are another useful exam review option. Over 800 interactive lessons prepared by law professors and librarians cover over 30 practice areas of law. Georgetown students can register for immediate online access.

Good luck with your studies!

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