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.
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
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.
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.
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 23rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm
- Thursday, June 1st, 3:00pm-4:00pm
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, email@example.com, 202-662-9145.
We have concluded the 2017 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 276 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.
Here’s a quick overview of the representation of student responses:
All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing. Congratulations to our four student winners: Gary Dreyzin (JD ’18), Cody Moshe Kermanian (JD ’18), Alexandra Katherine Rose (JD ’19), and another law student (JD ’19). Each student received either a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account or a $50 Amazon gift card.
Thank you to all 276 students for participating in this year’s survey. We’ve already started reviewing responses, and we’ll use this input to inform decisions about services and resources. You can view 2017 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website.
Here’s an overview of the reasons students visit our library:
The second-most frequent reason listed is to study in a group study room. The library will once again provide additional group study rooms during the exam period. From April 24 through May 15, unassigned Scholar Studies will be available for reservation in addition to our usual 21 group study rooms. Scholar Studies are smaller spaces that accommodate a limited number of students, 2 at maximum. These studies will require only one Law NetID and can be reserved up to 5 hours a day. Go to the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.
We will publish a summary response at a later date. Students and others are encouraged to give us feedback at any time.
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.
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.
The Law Library is conducting its annual survey on our collections and services. Please take about a few minutes to give us your feedback.
Take the 2017 Law Library Survey
We promise to read every comment submitted, and we’ll do what we can to act on and respond. Based on feedback in prior years, we added more filtered water stations, purchased additional book scanners, opened a self-service café in the Williams Library, added adjustable standing desks, and released the OneSearch platform which searches the library’s print as well as many of the electronic resources at the same time from one central location.
For the Spring 2017 Georgetown Law Library Survey, we will award four prizes of $50 which will be added to a Georgetown GoCard or given in the form of an Amazon gift card, depending on each winner’s preference. After completing the survey, you’ll have a chance to submit your email address for the drawing. We will keep the survey open through Monday, March 27th and plan to announce student winners soon after this.
You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2016 on our website.
In honor of Women’s History Month, it’s appropriate to feature the Women & the Law collection on HeinOnline. This collection brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to women’s roles in society and the law. With over 600,000 pages of material, researchers have access to an historical progression of women’s roles and rights over the past 200 years. Organized by subjects such as abortion, feminism & legal theory, women & education and women & employment, just to name a few, researchers can access the material by full-text searching or browsing.
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.