Author Archives: Margaret Krause

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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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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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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Need a think tank report?

As you prepare seminar papers and other reports, you might find the need to include a report from respected Think Tanks or public policy organizations. PolicyFile is the comprehensive database providing access to this material. It has recently migrated to the familiar ProQuest database platform making this easily searchable for all.

Over 75 public policy topics are covered, from foreign policy to domestic policy. When a report is located you are sure that the organization has been vetted making these resources more authoritative than a random Google search.

If you have any questions regarding public policy research, consult our research guide or ask a librarian for assistance.

Presidential Documents Research Guide

Looking for the most authoritative source for presidential documents? Googling does not work. You should only cite to the Federal Register or the Code of Federal Regulations, not Whitehouse.gov or some other web site. Georgetown’s research guide on Presidential Documents provides direct links to the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, as well as links to historical versions of these authoritative sources.

If you have a question about these sources, don’t hesitate to ask a reference librarian.

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New Database – ProQuest U.S. Supreme Court Insight

ProQuest has now begun to digitize the U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs collection which was previously available on microfilm, so Georgetown Law Library is making it available for researchers. At this time, records are available for U.S. Supreme Court cases from 2004-2014. Each quarter of 2017, ProQuest will include more material. Their schedule is:

  • Q2 1995-2004
  • Q3 1985-1994
  • Q4 1975-1984

They will also be adding the most recent material in the next few months as well, providing coverage to the most recent 2016-2017 term.

Supreme Court Insight, 1975-2016, is a complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per decision, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Check out the library’s Supreme Court Research Guide for more information or feel free to ask a reference librarian for assistance with Supreme Court research.

New Database – American Civil Liberties Union Papers 1912-1990

As a complement to our new research guide on Civil Rights, we have acquired a new database of primary source material of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from before(1912) its inception in 1920 until 1990. Researchers will be able to look at the inner workings of the ACLU with this material.

Over 2 million pages of the Mudd Library at Princeton University have been digitized to create this collection of bills, briefs, case files, telegrams, reports and more. Please feel free to ask a librarian if you have any questions about our new guide or the new database.

New for the 2nd semester – Library FAQs

Georgetown Law Library now has a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide insight into some of our most asked questions at the library. Need to know how to renew a book or start a legislative history? Check out our FAQs – we’ll get you started.

As always, feel free to chat with a librarian during regular reference hours, but if you have a question at 2 am, we hope our FAQs will get you started!

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Heading to a law firm this summer?

For students heading to a job in a law firm this summer, use this semester to learn about law firm management and the legal profession. The library’s research guide identifies the top blogs and websites to follow to learn about how the law firm works.

You can also use the Law.com subscription to read the top news about lawyers and the profession. The ALM Intelligence tab provides insights into the challenges facing the legal profession at the current time.

It’s the little things that will make you stand out this summer, so becoming conversant in the profession is a great way to start!