Author Archives: Christine Ciambella

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.

Open Source Bluebook (?)

New York University Professor Christopher Sprigman is on a mission to make the Bluebook more accessible to more people. He’s created an open source version called Baby Blue. Not surprisingly, Bluebook editors are claiming copyright violation.

Check out Baby Blue for yourself, and read more about the project and the controversy at PrawfsBlawg and JIPEL (NYU Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law).

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.

Tours for New Students

Please join us for a tour of the library. There is no need to register, just meet in the atrium of the Williams library at the times listed below.

Tours for JD Students Tours include Williams library only, and last about 20-30 minutes.

  • Monday, August 24 at 4:30 (reserved for transfer and visiting students)
  • Tuesday, August 25 at 12:30, 2:00 and 4:30
  • Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00, 1:00, 3:30, and 4:30
  • Thursday, August 27 at 10:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 4:30
  • Friday, August 28 at 10:30 and 3:00

Tours for LLM Students. Tours include both Williams and Wolff libraries, and last about 30 minutes.

  • Wednesday, August 26 at 1:30 and 4:00;
  • Thursday, August 27 at 1:30


Legislative Explorer: Visualizing Lawmaking

The University of Washington’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy is applying data visualization methods to the legislative process.  Legislative Explorer or LegEx traces the progress of bills and resolutions as they move through Congress, using visual representations for each piece of legislation and each step in the legislative process.

The image below is an overview of this visualization method.  Senators are represented on the left side, sorted by party (red = Republican) and by ideology (bottom = conservative).  House Representatives are similarly represented on the right side.

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Here is a sample overview of the 110th Congress, which shows activity for 13,631 pieces of legislation:

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Users can manipulate the data by using any of the following filters:  senators, representatives, parties, topics, committees, legislation type, steps in the process, states, and other criteria such as the gender of the sponsor or committee affiliation.  Coverage goes back to the 93rd Congress (1973-1974), and legislation is linked out to

Please contact a reference librarian if you need assistance with LegEx or legislative research.

Borrow Books from the Bioethics Research Library

Materials from one of Georgetown’s flagship research collections, the Bioethics Research Library, are now available for intercampus loan.  The collection, part of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, is the world’s most comprehensive bioethics library.

For the first time ever, Georgetown patrons can check out items from this collection.  Materials available for check out include books in the Bioethics stacks, items from the Kampelman collection of Jewish Ethics, and selected items from the Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics collection.

To locate materials, search the main Georgetown University library online catalog, using the location “Bioethics KIE Library.”  You may borrow items that have “available” status listed in the catalog.  Use the InterCampus Book Loan service to have the items delivered to either the Williams Law Library or the Wolff International Law Library.

As with other Lauinger databases, you can access these remotely, from the Law Campus or home. Please contact a reference librarian if you need assistance with this collection.

New Historical Database – Nineteenth Century Collections Online

Launinger Library recently updated their subscription to Nineteenth Century Collections Online to include access to four new archives.   This database is the result of a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections from the nineteenth century.  NCCO will be comprised of numerous collections to be released over many years.

Collections now available are Asia and the West; British Politics and Society; Europe & Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest; British Theatre, Music and Literature; European Literature, 1790-1840; Photography: The World Through the Lens; Scienc, Technology, and Medicine; and Women: Transnational Networks.

Please contact a reference librarian if you need assistance with this collection.

New Historical Database – Colonial State Papers

Lauinger Library has subscribed to Colonial State Papers, a database created in partnership with the National Archives.

This database provides access to primary source documents from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Topics include documents about the earliest English settlements in North America, encounters with Native Americans, piracy in the Atlantic and Caribbean, the trade in slaves, and English conflicts with the Spanish and French.

The database combines two collections, Privy Council and Related Bodies: America and West Indies, Colonial Papers and the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739.  All of the digitized documents (including hand drawn maps) have been reproduced as full color, high quality images directly from the original documents.  

Please contact a reference librarian if you need assistance with this database.