Category Archives: How-To

New Citations Manager Resource Page

The Law Library has developed a new resource page for a few of the most popular citation managers: RefWorks, Zotero and Mendeley.  These tools can help you collect and manage your research sources, and so, if you’re frustrated with remembering sources and organizing your research, you might look into using one of these tools.



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On our resource page, you’ll find a comparison of the tools’ features, information on how well each tool works with the Bluebook, and information on accessing and using each tool.

If you would like more information about citation tools or a personalized training session to determine which tool would be best for you, please contact Jennifer Davitt.

Get Easy, Online Updates on New Titles at the Library

Did you know that the Georgetown Law Library typically adds over 400 titles to its collections every month? With just a few mouse clicks, it’s easy to keep up on the latest library offerings that mean the most to your reading interests and research.

Through the GULLiver online catalog (, you can sign up to receive email alerts for new titles corresponding to any author or topic you specify. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds to get regular updates on items added in specific areas of law.

For the most inclusive overview of recent acquisitions, browse complete listings of new titles available through both the Williams and Wolff Library every month.

Of course, the Library is always happy to hear our patrons’ tips for new books and resources — you’ll find an online suggestion form here.

Please note that the email and RSS notification features require an active GULL Library Account, available to members of the Georgetown Law community. Contact the reference department for more information.

Downloading to a Kindle from WestlawNext

As you may have noticed, WestlawNext allows users to download individual documents or groups of documents to a Kindle device.  Before doing so, however, you will need to add WestlawNext to your Kindle’s "Approved E-mail List."  Simply access the "Your Account" section of and select "Manage Your Kindle" from the Digital Content options.  From that page, add "" (no quotes) to your "Approved E-Mail List."  Also, be sure to note your "Kindle E-mail Address" located near the top of the page, as you will need to enter it on WestlawNext in order to download to your Kindle.

Note that there is no fee for documents received wirelessly on a Kindle.  If received via 3G, however, a nominal fee will apply (15 cents per megabyte for users living in the U.S.).

Click here for more information on transferring, downloading & sending files to a Kindle.

Volunteer Opportunities At Public Libraries

In addition to the valuable resources that you can use and check out, your local public libraries also provide the opportunity to give back to your community. They all offer several volunteer opportunities, including helping library patrons use computers, assisting with resume writing, working at used book sales, and staffing circulation and information desks.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at specific libraries, visit these Web sites:

DC Public Library

Montgomery County Public Libraries

Alexandria Library

Arlington Public Library

Other Resources at Public Libraries

Public Libraries provide considerably more to their patrons than checking out books, music, and movies. Here are just a few of the other features of your local public libraries:

Wireless Internet
Most of the branches of our local libraries offer free wireless Internet connections. They also have plenty of quiet spaces, making them good places to study close to home.

Meeting Rooms
All of our public libraries also have meeting rooms at some of their branches. These rooms can be reserved by patrons for group projects, studying, or organizational meetings. See your home library’s Web page for details on reserving rooms.

Book Sales
All of our local libraries also hold periodic book sales. You can find used books, CDs, and DVDs, all at very low prices, sometimes just one dollar each. The proceeds go towards purchasing new materials for your library, so the whole community benefits from your purchase.

For more information about the all of these features and more, visit the Web sites of our local libraries:

DC Public Library  

Montgomery County Public Libraries  

Alexandria Library  

Arlington Public Library  

Digital Content At Your Public Library

As part of the American Library Association’s Library Week event, we would like to highlight the digital materials available at your local public libraries. All of the local public libraries subscribe to a service called Overdrive, which provides online access to digital content to that library’s cardholders. This digital content includes electronic books and audiobooks, as well as music and video files, all of which are licensed from publishers and other content providers. Every library subscribes to slightly different content, so you should check your home library’s Web site to find out what materials are available to you.

The DC Public Library, for example, provides access to thousands of classical, folk, blues, and pop music files, which are compatible with several portable music devices, including iPods. The DCPL audiobook and eBook collections are also available for a variety of devices, and include new releases and current bestsellers, as well as classics.

For more information about the collections available at specific libraries, visit their digital collection pages:

National Library Week 2010

This week (April 11-17) is National Library Week. Observed annually by the American Library Association, Library Week is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate all types of libraries. For most of the year, we try to keep our patrons informed about the services and resources that we provide. But we want to use Library Week to tell you about those provided by your local public libraries, so we will be posting information about area libraries all this week.

Did you know that all Georgetown Law students can get a library card from the DC Public Library? Even if you live in Maryland or Virginia, you have borrowing privileges at the DCPL, as well as your home library. For details on how to obtain a library card, visit the Web page of the DC Library, or those of Montgomery County, Alexandria, or Arlington.

You may also not be aware that all of the public libraries in the DC area have far more than books and magazines. They have extensive CD and DVD collections, and also provide access to online digital content, such as audiobooks, and streaming music and video. Even if they do not have an item you are looking for, they can request materials from other libraries for you. So be sure to take advantage of these resources that are available to you for free, and check this blog throughout the week for more information.

Guide to the Bluebook

For those of you who are struggling with the rules of legal citation, the Law Library maintains a quick reference guide to the Bluebook. The guide includes an introduction to the Bluebook and its structure, as well as explanations of how to cite the most common legal materials, including cases, statutes and treatises. These explanations include references to the applicable Bluebook rules, to help you navigate this often confusing citation manual.

Student Practice Rules – Clinical Research Guide Created

We’ve put together a new research guide that provides links to the Student Practice Rules adopted by both Federal and State courts. These rules authorize eligible law students to practice law under the supervision of a practicing attorney. All 50 states have such a rule. Some are codified in the state statutes. Others are included in local court rules, while others are state bar rules.

Some law review articles that analyze these rules and student practice, in general, are also included in the new guide.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions regarding our new guide.

New Guide to Free and Low-Cost Legal Research Sources

The law library has created a new guide to free and low-cost sources of legal materials on the Internet. While our law students and alumni are mostly familiar with Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw, they are usually not familiar with the alternatives to these expensive databases. This new guide is designed to introduce them to the services available, and assist them in determining whether the less expensive options meet their needs. Our goal with this guide is to help our students and alumni become better and more cost-effective researchers in the long run. Please take a look and feel free to suggest any other online sources.