Category Archives: Database News

Law Library Response to 2017 Student Survey

Each spring, the Law Library conducts a survey of our students.  In 2017, 276 students responded to our survey, and we published summary charts of the responses back in April. Now we’re publishing a survey response, to show examples of changes to library facilities, content and services guided by the useful student input.

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We have published the 2017 Law Library Survey Response, where you can see highlights of new hydration stations, new Xerox printers which may also be used for copying, scanning and faxing, the installation of white sound machines in group study rooms, and a new research guide on the history of civil rights in the United States.

We appreciate student input. Throughout the year, you are encouraged to send comments and suggestions through our suggestion page, and please keep an eye out for our next annual survey in

Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

Primary source material of the LGBTQ community is now available to all Georgetown students and faculty through a new database, Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940. 

The material comes from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the Gay Activists Alliance, the International AIDS/HIV Crisis and more. Newspapers, government reports, and letters are just some of the resources available in this database.

For more information, consult our Gender and the Law Research Guide or ask a reference librarian.

Bloomberg Businessweek now available

The library now subscribes to Bloomberg Businessweek.  You will need to sign in with your NetID and password to obtain the secure access information to use this resource. Bloomberg Businessweek provides the latest news on the markets, politics and technology. This resource and others are featured in our News Research Guide. Feel free to ask a reference librarian if you have any questions about researching the news.

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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Summer Use of Westlaw, Lexis, and 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, you also have access to many other useful databases. Refer to our research page for a list of frequently used databases or our full collection of online databases.

We’re also here all summer long to help you with research. Call, email, or chat with a librarian for research assistance during the library’s reference hours.

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.

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.

Bloomberg Law’s Tax Practice Center & Lexis.com Retire in December

Bloomberg Law: Tax will soon replace the Tax Practice Center. Starting on December 1, when you select “Tax” from the Practice Centers menu, you will be directed to Bloomberg Law: Tax, where you can access tax research content including BNA Portfolios and Bloomberg BNA Law Reports. The old Tax Practice Center will no longer be available.

On December 31, Lexis.com will retire for academic accounts, and you will no longer be able to access Lexis.com from the law school product menu. All of Lexis.com content will be available on Lexis Advance before the end date.

Questions? Contact a Reference Librarian. You may also contact our Bloomberg Law representative Liana Rizzi (lrizzi@bna.com) or our Lexis account executive Adonica Black (adonica.black@lexisnexis.com).

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 a Congressional Document or Legislative History?

While most students thinks they can find any legal document on Lexis or Westlaw, we have a specialized database for Congressional material, called ProQuest Congressional. Whether you are looking for a House Report from the 1930s or a legislative history for a 1960 law, you will find it on ProQuest Congressional.

Be sure to make use of the Search by Number feature if you have the complete citation to a report or congressional publication. It’s the easiest way to retrieve the single document you are looking for.

We have tutorials on finding a bill, reports or legislative histories on ProQuest Congressional and the reference librarians will be glad to assist you with this wonderful  resource.

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