Category Archives: Research

Federal Sentencing Statistics for 2015

The Federal Sentencing Statistics for 2015 are now available.

Each set consists of the following figure and tables:

  • Figure A – Offenders in Each Primary Offense Category
  • Table 1 – Distribution of Guideline Offenders in Each Primary Offense Category
  • Table 2 – Guilty Pleas and Trials in Each Circuit and District
  • Table 3 – Guilty Pleas and Trials in Each Primary Offense Category
  • Table 4 – Type of Sentence Imposed by Primary Offense Category (National)
  • Table 5 – Type of Sentence Imposed by Primary Offense Category (by District)
  • Table 6 – Incarceration Rate of U.S. Citizen Defendants Eligible for Non-Prison Sentences by Primary Offense Category
  • Table 7 – Length of Imprisonment by Primary Offense Category
  • Table 8 – Comparison of Sentence Imposed and Position Relative to the Guideline Range
  • Table 9 – Sentences Relative to the Guideline Range by Circuit and District
  • Table 10 – Sentences Relative to the Guideline Range by Selected Primary Offense Category

Choose a circuit or district court and find the statistics for each court. Many more statistical resources can be found in our Statistics and Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide.

Summer Use of Westlaw, Lexis, & 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, we have hundreds of other databases too. Refer to our research page for the list of frequently used databases.  We’re also here all summer long to help you with research so contact us via chat, email, or phone.

Need Help Researching your Seminar Paper?

Did you know the library has over 100 Research Guides on topics such as Environmental Law, Aviation Law and Sports Law? Our guides are a great place to start when researching your seminar topic. They can point you to the most valuable resources available on your paper topic.

Googling a topic is not the way to access the best resources. Academic literature and specialized reports are often not readily available through Google and are best found through subject  databases. The library subscribes to these resources to support your research, so make use of these specialized databases.

Writing on social media? Did you know we have the ACM (Association of Computing Machines) Library?

Writing about Estate Planning? Have you checked out RIA Checkpoint?

What about Greenhouse Gases? Check out the Environmental Law Reporter!

All of these specialized databases are highlighted in our Research Guides. Feel free to ask a librarian if you need assistance.

Results of the 2016 Student Library Survey

We have concluded the 2016 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 245 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:  Joshua D. Blume (JD ’19), Briana Rose Pigott (JD ’16), Christopher J. Balser (JD’18), and another law student (JD ’17). Each student received a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account.

Thank you to all 245 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 2016 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website. For starters, here’s a view of the top items students are seeking on the library website:


The second-most frequent reason listed is to search for books. To facilitate searching in our stacks the library has recently installed new shelf guides in both the Williams and Wolff libraries. These guides protrude out from the end of the ranges to enable quick recognition of what is held in a particular shelving area. We hope that these guides will assist you in locating materials within the stacks.

Here’s an overview of the reasons students visit each of our two library locations:


We will publish a summary response at a later date.  Students and others are encouraged to give us feedback at any time.

Law Library Student Survey – 2016

To all current Law Students:

The Law Library is conducting a survey of all Georgetown law students. Please take about 10 minutes to give us your feedback on the law library’s collections, services and any related matters. We promise to read every comment submitted, and we’ll do what we can to act on and respond to your feedback.

Take the 2016 Law Library Survey

For the Spring 2016 Georgetown Law Library Survey, we will award four prizes of $50 to be added to the winners’ Georgetown GoCards. After completing the survey, you’ll have a chance to enter your email address to be entered for the drawing. We will keep the survey open through Monday, March 21st and plan to announce student winners soon after this.

It should only take a few minutes to complete the voluntary survey. Based on feedback in prior years, we released a new Map-It feature for the catalog, provided text transcripts to new video tutorials, purchased additional book scanners, replaced all desktop computers in the public areas in Wolff and Williams, opened a self-service café in the Williams Library, added adjustable standing desks in both libraries, and posted a prominent directory near the elevators as well as smaller signs on every entrance of the Williams Library.

You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2015 on our website.

New E-Journal Finder

Various databases that Georgetown subscribes to may offer the journal you are looking for — so how do you find the one that does? Or the one that does that offers coverage of the year for the article you are looking for?

Georgetown’s updated E-Journal Finder can help you find electronically published articles and books quickly. There is also an updated tutorial and text instructions on how to use the E-Journal Finder.

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 5th, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 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 Resources for Legal Historians

The library now has access to three new databases providing historical papers and biographical information of founding fathers.

While legal historians used to have to sift through papers to learn what John Marshall and John Jay had to say, they can now access this database and search for keywords, events, case names  and more.

Biographical information on over 25,000 people born between 1713 and 1815 is available in the People of the Founding Era database. You can find out information about every person George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, among others, corresponded with in the infancy of our nation. Now Offers Free Access to Congressional Research Service Reports

While in law school, students can access CRS Reports from a number of our subscription databases, with ProQuest Congressional being the most popular, but once out in the real world, you might need to access these policy reports for free. now makes that available.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) performs public policy research directly for Members of Congress and Congressional Committees, but their reports are not made directly available to members of the public as a matter of policy. That is no longer the case with the new website of