Author Archives: Margaret Krause

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 this 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!

Is your job taking you to a new country or city? Still looking for a job?

GoinGlobal has released a new interface! In addition to being a great place to start your job search, GoinGlobal features city and country guides to help those relocating to learn about the new environment.

The unique H1B search allows users to identify employers seeking to hire international professionals with your specific skills.

Georgetown Law students and alumni have full access to this resource. If you set up an account while you are on campus, you will be able to access GoinGlobal world wide for the next six months.

 

New Database – HeinOnline Slavery in America and the world: History, Culture & Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.

Additionally, hundreds of texts, addresses, hymns and convention proceedings are included in this comprehensive collection. UNC Press features 50 full-color, current titles on slavery in this collection as well.

Researchers can search the full text of all documents included in the collection, or search for a specific title using the Advanced Search page.

For further information, refer to the quick guide prepared by HeinOnline.

Need Help with your Studies? Try our Study Aids!

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!