Results of the 2017 Student Library Survey

We have concluded the 2017 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 276 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.

Here’s a quick overview of the representation of student responses:

Status of Students who Responded to the Survey

All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing.  Congratulations to our four student winners:  Gary Dreyzin (JD ’18), Cody Moshe Kermanian (JD ’18), Alexandra Katherine Rose (JD ’19), and another law student (JD ’19). Each student received either a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account or a $50 Amazon gift card.

Thank you to all 276 students for participating in this year’s survey. We’ve already started reviewing responses, and we’ll use this input to inform decisions about services and resources.  You can view 2017 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website.

Here’s an overview of the reasons students visit our library:

Reasons for visiting the Law Library

The second-most frequent reason listed is to study in a group study room.  The library will once again provide additional group study rooms during the exam period.  From April 24 through May 15, unassigned Scholar Studies will be available for reservation in addition to our usual 21 group study rooms. Scholar Studies are smaller spaces that accommodate a limited number of students, 2 at maximum. These studies will require only one Law NetID and can be reserved up to 5 hours a day.   Go to the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.

We will publish a summary response at a later date.  Students and others are encouraged to give us feedback at any time.

 

 

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Prepare to Practice Information Sessions

Are you ready for your summer internship?  Don’t know what to expect from your summer job?

This Prepare to Practice session will cover the differences between completing research tasks in a job or internship setting and doing research for classes.  We’ll go over some of the common pitfalls and show you some of the resources that you might encounter.

We know how important internships and summer jobs are to your future career prospects and goals — with these sessions the Library hopes to give you some support in meeting these goals, as well as assisting  you with showcasing your skills and talents.

This session will be offered at:

Thursday 4/27 at 1 – 2 PM 

Friday 4/28 at 10 – 11 PM and 3 – 4 PM

Save your spot on SignUpGenious!

Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Georgetown Law Library’s reading and exam period will be in effect Monday April 24th and run through Wednesday May 16th.

During the reading and exam period, both the Williams and Wolff Libraries will remain open 24 hours.

For the benefit of Georgetown students studying for exams, only Georgetown University students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Friends of the Library program and public patron card holders will be admitted through the end of exams. Students from other law schools will not be admitted during this time.

Details about Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability can be found on our Library Hours Calendar.

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HeinOnline adds new database on Presidential Commission Reports

Presidents often establish special boards, task forces, commissions and committees. The new database on HeinOnline, entitled: Presidential Commission Reports  is a a searchable database of these reports. Over 6,000 reports on items such as 9/11, the assassination of JFK, Iran Contra, bioethics and more are searchable and over 1,200 of the reports are available in full-text.   Researchers can also browse by Commission Topic and Title to locate all material on a specific topic.

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Summer Use of Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law

Wondering which research services you can use this summer? Check out the library’s Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law information page for using these resources over the summer.

Don’t forget, you also have access to many other useful databases. Refer to our research page for a list of frequently used databases or our full collection of online databases.

We’re also here all summer long to help you with research. Call, email, or chat with a librarian for research assistance during the library’s reference hours.

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It’s Tax Time!

Don’t forget the library has some fabulous databases to assist you with your tax research. Our Federal Tax Research Guide will point you in the right direction. These databases will provide commentary on all aspects of federal tax laws.

The Internal Revenue Service provides all tax forms and publications as well. Let us know if you need assistance locating a specific form or publication.

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Anniversary of the Stamp Act

STAMP ACT

Stamp Act, on display in Special Collections

If you’re a Facebook user, you might have seen the post from the National Museum of American History noting that today, March 22, is the anniversary of the Stamp Act. On this day in 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies. It was the first direct tax on the colonies and, in the words of the Facebook post, “provoked an immediate, violent response.”

Did you know that Special Collections has a copy of the Stamp Act?  We do, and it’s on display in our reading room. Come by and check it out!
We’re located in 210 Williams; our hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. No appointment is needed, feel free to stop by any time we are open.

 

For more on the history of the Stamp Act, see the
National Museum of American History website.

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Law Library Student Survey — 2017

The Law Library is conducting its annual survey on our collections and services. Please take about a few minutes to give us your feedback.

Take the 2017 Law Library Survey

We promise to read every comment submitted, and we’ll do what we can to act on and respond. Based on feedback in prior years, we added more filtered water stations, purchased additional book scanners, opened a self-service café in the Williams Library, added adjustable standing desks, and released the OneSearch platform which searches the library’s print as well as many of the electronic resources at the same time from one central location.

For the Spring 2017 Georgetown Law Library Survey, we will award four prizes of $50 which will be added to a Georgetown GoCard or given in the form of an Amazon gift card, depending on each winner’s preference. After completing the survey, you’ll have a chance to submit your email address for the drawing. We will keep the survey open through Monday, March 27th and plan to announce student winners soon after this.

You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2016 on our website.

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Women & the Law on HeinOnline

In honor of Women’s History Month, it’s appropriate to feature the Women & the Law collection on HeinOnline. This collection brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to women’s roles in society and the law. With over 600,000 pages of material, researchers have access to an historical progression of women’s roles and rights over the past 200 years. Organized by subjects such as abortion, feminism & legal theory, women & education and women & employment, just to name a few, researchers can access the material by full-text searching or browsing.

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