Thomas.gov to retire on July 5

Congress.gov has replaced Thomas.gov as the go to resource for “searchable access to bill status and summary, bill text, the Congressional Record, Congressional Record Index and committee reports, and executive actions such as nominations, treaties and communications, with historic access reaching back as far as 1973”.

Consequently, Thomas.gov will be retired on July 5th and no longer accessible. Ask a reference librarian if you have any questions about Congress.gov.

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Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

As we approach the Spring Exam period, Georgetown Law Library’s limited public access program will be in effect Monday, April 25th  through Tuesday, May 17th.

During the 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 the exam period.

Details about Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability is on our Library Hours Calendar and he hours for today are always current on the Library’s Home Page.

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Federal Sentencing Statistics for 2015

The Federal Sentencing Statistics for 2015 are now available.

Each set consists of the following figure and tables:

  • Figure A – Offenders in Each Primary Offense Category
  • Table 1 – Distribution of Guideline Offenders in Each Primary Offense Category
  • Table 2 – Guilty Pleas and Trials in Each Circuit and District
  • Table 3 – Guilty Pleas and Trials in Each Primary Offense Category
  • Table 4 – Type of Sentence Imposed by Primary Offense Category (National)
  • Table 5 – Type of Sentence Imposed by Primary Offense Category (by District)
  • Table 6 – Incarceration Rate of U.S. Citizen Defendants Eligible for Non-Prison Sentences by Primary Offense Category
  • Table 7 – Length of Imprisonment by Primary Offense Category
  • Table 8 – Comparison of Sentence Imposed and Position Relative to the Guideline Range
  • Table 9 – Sentences Relative to the Guideline Range by Circuit and District
  • Table 10 – Sentences Relative to the Guideline Range by Selected Primary Offense Category

Choose a circuit or district court and find the statistics for each court. Many more statistical resources can be found in our Statistics and Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide.

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New Database: Regulatory Insight

Are you intimidated by administrative law research? Do you have trouble locating regulations that affect a particular section of the US Code? The library now has a new subscription that can assist you with regulatory research: ProQuest Regulatory Insight.

Regulatory Insight allows you to search by Public Law number, US Code citation or Statutes at Large citation. Researchers can locate regulations in the CFR and Federal Register that have been promulgated because of a particular law.

Feel free to ask a librarian if you have any questions about using Regulatory Insight.

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Summer Use of Westlaw, Lexis, & 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, we have hundreds of other databases too. Refer to our research page for the list of frequently used databases.  We’re also here all summer long to help you with research so contact us via chat, email, or phone.

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Happy National Library Week!

Every April, libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week, thanks to the American Library Association. There are over 119,000 libraries in the United States, serving cities, counties, schools, colleges and corporations.

The Georgetown University library system has over 3.4 million resources for members of the Georgetown community and you can access them through our new OneSearch catalog search. Remember that by using the Request button for main campus items, you can enter your netID and password and ask that the items be delivered to the law campus.

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Celebrate your library this week and thank a library employee!

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Need Help Researching your Seminar Paper?

Did you know the library has over 100 Research Guides on topics such as Environmental Law, Aviation Law and Sports Law? Our guides are a great place to start when researching your seminar topic. They can point you to the most valuable resources available on your paper topic.

Googling a topic is not the way to access the best resources. Academic literature and specialized reports are often not readily available through Google and are best found through subject  databases. The library subscribes to these resources to support your research, so make use of these specialized databases.

Writing on social media? Did you know we have the ACM (Association of Computing Machines) Library?

Writing about Estate Planning? Have you checked out RIA Checkpoint?

What about Greenhouse Gases? Check out the Environmental Law Reporter!

All of these specialized databases are highlighted in our Research Guides. Feel free to ask a librarian if you need assistance.

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Results of the 2016 Student Library Survey

We have concluded the 2016 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 245 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.

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

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All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing.  Congratulations to our four student winners:  Joshua D. Blume (JD ’19), Briana Rose Pigott (JD ’16), Christopher J. Balser (JD’18), and another law student (JD ’17). Each student received a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account.

Thank you to all 245 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 2016 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website. For starters, here’s a view of the top items students are seeking on the library website:

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The second-most frequent reason listed is to search for books. To facilitate searching in our stacks the library has recently installed new shelf guides in both the Williams and Wolff libraries. These guides protrude out from the end of the ranges to enable quick recognition of what is held in a particular shelving area. We hope that these guides will assist you in locating materials within the stacks.

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

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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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New Library Range Guides

The library is pleased to announce that we have installed new shelf guides in both the Williams and Wolff libraries. These guides protrude out from the end of the ranges to enable quick recognition of what is held in a particular shelving area.  We hope that these guides will assist you in locating materials within the stacks.

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Our catalog also provides a Map-It feature that will pinpoint the location of a book by its call number. Look for the Map It Beta link below the call number when you’re viewing an item.

 

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