Category Archives: News for Faculty

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.

Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Georgetown Law Library reading and exam period will be in effect Monday November 28th and run through Saturday December 17th.

During the reading and exam period, both the Williams and Wolff Library will remain open 24 hours. 

For the benefit of Georgetown students studying for exams, only Georgetown University students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Friends of the Library program and public patron card holders will be admitted through the end of exams. Students from other law schools will not be admitted during this time.

Details about Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability can be found on our Library Hours Calendar.

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.

Library catalog outage on Thursday, August 18th

This Thursday, August 18th, the Georgetown Law Library catalog (GULLiver) will undergo maintenance beginning at approximately 11:00 am and lasting up to 8 hours (until 7:00 pm). During this time you may be unable to:

  • search GULLiver,
  • access online research databases, or
  • log in to your library account.

The law library website, our research guides, OneSearch, live chat, interlibrary loan, and other web services will remain available. However, links to online databases, books, and articles may not work.

Online resources that do not rely on the catalog server—including Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw—will be unaffected.

Thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary work. Below are some tips to help you work around this disruption. Please contact us via chat, phone, or e-mail if you have any questions or need help.

Finding Books, Articles, and Databases

  • OneSearch has a massive index that includes our entire catalog.
  • WorldCat has records on items held in libraries around the world, including at Georgetown Law.
  • The Georgetown University library website is a great alternative for accessing popular databases such as HeinOnline, Proquest Congressional, and more.

Accessing Electronic Resources While On-Campus

If you are (a) on-campus during this maintenance event; (b) connected to a Georgetown Law network; and (c) not afraid to do something a bit technical, then you may be able to reach online resources provided by the library by modifying the URL used to access them.

For example, suppose you click a link to JSTOR in one of our research guides.

If the catalog is down, then this link will result in an error. However, remove “0-“ and “.gull.georgetown.edu” and it will work again.

To repeat, this trick only works if you are on-campus and connected to the Georgetown Law network.

Carpeting update

The carpeting in the library continues apace. In fact, work on the fourth and fifth floors is now complete. Carpeting is ongoing in the Reading Room which is now closed to patrons:

Reading room 2

Reading room 2

If you need to utilize the resources of Special Collections, please contact them directly via phone at 202-661-9133 or specl@law.georgetown.edu.

Carpet installation in the Williams Library

Starting June 13th and concluding July 3rd carpet will be installed in Williams Library.  During the installation, various floors and or sections of the library will be closed entirely while the old carpet is removed and the new carpet is installed. The rest of the library will remain open as usual. The work will take place from 8:00am to around Midnight, 7 days a week.

If you require materials from stack areas that are closed, the library staff will retrieve them for your use. Please visit the Williams Circulation Desk for information on obtaining materials. While every effort will be made to mitigate the impact, there will be increased noise levels and the potential for fumes from the application of adhesive and the new carpet itself.

Please note that the Wolff Library is not having carpet installed and will be open as usual during this process.

For more information please contact Joe Thomas (jtw48@law.georgetown.edu or by phone 202-662-9162)  or Craig Lelansky (cdl3@law.georgetown.edu or by phone 202-662-9155), or visit the Circulation Desk at Williams Library.

Summer Reading (and Videos) in Loewinger Lounge

Don’t forget that the library maintains a small fiction collection in the Loewinger Lounge of the Williams Reading Room that can be checked out. Summer is a perfect time to read for fun! Some recent acquisitions of fiction include:

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We’ve also got a small collection of legal movies and TV shows, such as The Good Wife, The West Wing, Legal Eagles and others!

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

The library will be holding two training sessions for new faculty research assistants this summer.  In this training, RAs will learn about library services and policies and will gain an introduction to our databases and to best research practices.

The sessions will be:

  • Tuesday, May 24th, 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 1st, 12:00pm-1:00pm

All sessions will be held in the Computer Learning Center (CLC) in the Williams Law Library.

To attend this training, please RSVP here.  Any questions can be sent to Jeremy McCabe, Research Services Librarian, jjm323@law.georgetown.edu, 202-662-9145.