Category Archives: Research

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 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, jjm323@georgetown.edu, 202-662-9145.

Results of the 2017 Student Library Survey

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:

Status of Students who Responded to the Survey

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:

Reasons for visiting the Law 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.

 

 

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.

Law Library Student Survey — 2017

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.

Women & the Law on HeinOnline

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.

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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.

Neil Gorsuch Nominated to the Supreme Court

3494085120_93e5424dc6_mFollowing the nomination announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to become the next Associate Justice of The Supreme Court, the Library has updated the Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide. We have compiled a list of resources concerning Judge Gorsuch which include biographical information, court opinions, appellate briefs, Congressional hearings and scholarly publications. We will continue to post more information, including links to confirmation hearings, so check our guide often for updates.

 

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

The library will be holding two orientation training sessions for new faculty research assistants this spring.  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:

  • Friday, February 3rd, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, February  8th, 3:30pm-4:30pm

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@georgetown.edu, 202-662-9145.

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New Research Guide on Civil Rights

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of MLK Day, the Georgetown Law Library would like to highlight a new research guide available to the public. A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States covers various movements from the civil rights movement of the 1960s, to the suffragettes of the 1800s, immigrants in internment camps, the riots at the Stonewall Inn, to the fight for equal education for children with disabilities, among others. The guide offers available library resources for each topic, notable Supreme Court cases, and at its conclusion, a list of current organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights that one can get involved with, either via donating or through volunteer work.

It is our hope that this guide will be useful to those who seek it out. We will continue to update it and welcome feedback on what we can add that would be useful to recipients. Please email lawlibref@georgetown.edu with any suggestions you have for improvement to the guide.

Thank you and we hope you have a happy and productive Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.