Category Archives: Research

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.


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,, 202-662-9145.

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 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.

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.

New Resource –

The library now offers to all members of the Georgetown Law community. features legal news and analysis from the American Lawyer and National Law Journal, including the infamous rankings of the legal industry, the AmLaw 100 and the NLJ250. ALM Intelligence provides industry analysis such as best law firms to work for, best places for lawyers to live and more. is a valuable site for anyone investigating the legal industry and law firms in general. Check it out!

Historical Abstracts 1878-present is online

Ever want to compare population, church membership, higher education enrollments or crime rates across time?  The Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. is now online and searchable. Data begins with the 1878 edition of the publication and includes data through the 2016 issue. You can select a single year or search across multiple issues to find statistical data on the United States.

For additional Statistical information, consult our Statistics and Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide or consult a librarian.


Valuable Data on Supreme Court Opinions

The Washington University in St. Louis has compiled The Supreme Court Database to provide researchers the ability to analyze court decisions by outcome, justice, case components and much more. You can search the Warren Court, the Roberts Court and more in the Modern Search, or choose the Legacy Search to look at decisions from the Taney Court, the Marshall Court or others. You can limit your results to decisions about Civil Rights, Judicial Power, Privacy and Federal Taxation, just to name a few topics.

You can limit your results by lower courts, state courts, majority votes, minority votes and much more.  This fact-filled resource can support judicial and legal researchers, thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation.


What was Washington, D.C. like in the 1930s?

Historical newspapers offer a treasure trove of material on the social, political, intellectual and legal environment of a place. The library now offers access to The Evening Star a Washington, D.C. newspaper published from 1852 to 1981.

Background material on court cases, political appointees, legislation and more is searchable with this new database of PDF pages of the newspaper from the past couple of centuries.