Author Archives: Morgan Stoddard

Keesing’s World News Archive

Members of the Georgetown University Community now have access to Keesing’s World News Archive.

Keesing’s gathers news from around the world each day and synthesizes it into a series of concise articles published each month.  Keesing’s covers a range of significant world events, including “elections and changes of government; wars, treaties, appointments, and diplomacy; terrorism and issues of internal security; legislation, budgets, economic developments and international agreements; actions by the UN and other international organisations; natural disasters, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries.”

Keesing's World News Archive contains Keesing’s Record of World Events (formerly titled Keesing’s Contemporary Archives) from 1931 to present. 

HeinOnline Intellectual Property Law Collection

The Georgetown University Law Library recently subscribed to HeinOnline’s Intellectual Property Law Collection.  This collection brings together many useful materials on patent, trademark, and copyright law, including legislative histories, books, federal statutes, regulations and agency materials, and journal articles.  Of particular note are the historical materials, such as previous editions of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. 

The library has numerous resources available for intellectual property law research.  For more information, see one of our intellectual property law research guides or contact a reference librarian.

Practical Legal Research Strategies Class

Practical Legal Research Strategies is a 50-minute class where students will learn strategies and techniques for conducting efficient legal research.  At Practical Legal Research Strategies, librarians will discuss development of a research plan, cost-saving tips for using Westlaw and LexisNexis, free and low-cost legal research resources, and how to select the right resource and method for your research. 

Classes will be held in the Williams Library Computer Learning Center at the following times:  Tuesday, 4/19, 4:30pm; Wednesday, 4/20, 3:45pm; Tuesday, 4/26, 8:00pm; Thursday, 4/28, 11:00am; and Friday, 4/29, 1:00pm. 

To sign-up and attend Practical Legal Research Strategies, visit

Gulf Oil Spill Information Center

For information on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, visit the University of South Florida Libraries’ Gulf Oil Spill Information Center (GOSIC).  GOSIC is a useful guide to online information about the oil spill and includes links to reports on the environmental, health, and economic impact of the oil spill, news, BP company information, and more.

To find additional resources, don’t forget about the topical tabs in Westlaw and LexisNexis that contain links to databases related to the oil spill.

Oil Spill Tabs in LexisNexis/Westlaw

Both LexisNexis and Westlaw enable you to add customized tabs that contain databases relevant to a particular jurisdiction or topic.  If you are conducting research on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, you may want to add the "Oil Spill" tab in Westlaw or the "Gulf Oil Spill Crisis" tab in LexisNexis.

To add this tab in Westlaw, click on "Add a Tab" in the upper right and then "Add Westlaw Tabs."  Then, select "Oil Spill" under Topical and click "Add to My Tab Set."

To add this tab in LexisNexis, click on "Add/Edit Subtabs," select "Gulf Oil Spill Crisis" under Practice Areas, and click "Next."  On the next screen, you can re-order your tabs and set your default tab.  When you are finished, click "Set."

While you are adding this tab, you may want to see if there are any other tabs of interest.  Both LexisNexis and Westlaw have jurisdictional tabs for every state and over fifty topical tabs.

Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1926

The Georgetown Law Library now subscribes to the Making of Modern Law:  Primary Sources, 1620-1926.  This database contains approximately 1,350 works, including colonial records, constitutional conventions and compilations, city charters, law dictionaries, and state codes.  Sources are full-text searchable or can be browsed by author or title.  Advanced search features include searching by jurisdiction, publication type, language, date, and illustration.

Create Customized Corporation Law Charts

The Corporate Governance Guide State Law Summaries Smart Chart is now available on IntelliConnect.  This new feature enables you to create custom charts comparing corporation law in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  Just select topics and sub-topics–such as incorporation, voting rights, and dividends–and jurisdictions, and a chart is generated containing a summary of the law and citations to relevant statutory provisions, if any.  Charts can then be saved, printed, emailed, or exported to Microsoft Excel or Word.

First-time users of IntelliConnect will need to register using their Georgetown email address.

Health Care Reform Explanation and Analysis

An excellent resource for in-depth coverage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is CCH’s Law, Explanation, and Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act available via IntelliConnect.  This source contains the full text of the Act with amendments from the Manager’s Amendment (Title X) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 fully integrated as well as extensive explanation and analysis, committee reports, and tables listing effective dates and how the new law amends the Internal Revenue Code, the Social Security Act, and ERISA.

First-time users of IntelliConnect will need to register using their Georgetown email address.