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The Bear is Back: Summer Research Assistance

The reference librarians at the Georgetown Law Library enjoy helping all of our current students, recent graduates, and alumni over the summer — as much as we do during the academic year.  Whether it’s helping you navigate a research assignment or identifying materials you have access to remotely, we are happy to help you impress your colleagues, employers, or future references by connecting you with the resources you need.

You can access research assistance anywhere you have a reliable internet connection by using the Law Library’s chat reference service.  To begin chatting, click here or look for green chat button in the upper right-hand corner of the library webpages.  Our summer hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Outside of regular business hours, you can always email us or leave a message by phone, and we’ll be happy to follow up with you when you return.  If you like, you’re welcome to use any of our freely available subject-specific research guides and video tutorials.  Alumni may find the alumni resources to be an especially useful place to start.

We wish you all a wonderful, relaxing, and productive summer!

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Ebook Access

You may notice a change in the way you access some of the ebooks in the law library catalog.  If you access an ebook record and see something unexpected, try the following:

  1. If you click an ebook link and are taken to “eBook Library (EBL) – Law,” note the User Name and Password, and click the “Go” button.  Sign in with that same user name and password, or click “JoinEbook Central” to create your own.  Then search for the book to access the ebook record.  Please remember to Sign Out of the database when you are done.
  2. If you click an ebook link and are taken to a Georgetown login page, log in with your NetID and password, and then follow the directions in #1 above.
  3. If you click an ebook link and get a “Runtime Error,” try searching instead in the main campus library catalog.  If the ebook is not available via the main campus, try the law catalog again on Monday, when we hope to have the problem corrected.

If you have questions over the weekend, please contact the Circulation Desk at Williams (202-662-9131) or Wolff (202-662-4194).  See hours of operation here.

 

 

Prepare to Practice Information Sessions

Are you ready for your summer internship?  Don’t know what to expect from your summer job?

This Prepare to Practice session will cover the differences between completing research tasks in a job or internship setting and doing research for classes.  We’ll go over some of the common pitfalls and show you some of the resources that you might encounter.

We know how important internships and summer jobs are to your future career prospects and goals — with these sessions the Library hopes to give you some support in meeting these goals, as well as assisting  you with showcasing your skills and talents.

This session will be offered at:

Thursday 4/27 at 1 – 2 PM 

Friday 4/28 at 10 – 11 PM and 3 – 4 PM

Save your spot on SignUpGenious!

Scholar Studies available for exam prep

From November 28 through December 17, 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.  Starting November 21 there will be a link on the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.

Featured collection (election special): The Center for a New Democracy collection

The Center for a New Democracy, a project of the Tides Foundation, was established in 1991 to promote democratic reform through research, public education, litigation, and community organizing and training. A particular focus was on public financing of elections and fair voting reforms. The CND existed until 1996, and Donna Edwards served as its director from 1994-1996.

The collection (NEJL 064) was donated to the NEJL in 1996, and it includes case files and other materials related to state ballot initiatives in favor of campaign finance reform in the mid 1990s: Missouri Proposition A (Carver v. Nixon and Shrink v. Maupin); Minnesota (Day v. Holahan); California (Pro-Life Council PAC v. Jan Scully); Colorado (Colorado Right to LIfe Committee v. Victoria Buckley, Secretary of State); Montana (Right to Life Ass., et al. v. Robert Eddleman, County Attorney); Maine (Maine Right to Life Committee v. Federal Election Comm.); Oregon (Center to Protect Free Speech, Inc. v. Oregon); Washington, D.C. (National Black Police Assn. et.al. v. DC Board of Elections and Ethics).

In addition, the collection includes a range of reports, pamphlets, and articles (gray literature) on campaign finances in various states and in the U.S., including statewide surveys of “American Attitudes Toward Money in Politics” conducted by Bannon Research on behalf of the Center for a New Democracy in Massachusetts; Montana, Maine, Oregon, Colorado, and California.

Of particular local interest are the materials related to Initiative 41, a 1992 ballot initiative in Washington, D.C. that limited contributions to $100 for the election cycle for district-wide races and $50 per cycle for Ward races. The Center for a New Democracy and the DC community group DC ACORN, a principal supporter of the initiative, undertook a study to analyze the early impact of Initiative 41 on elections in the District. The collection also includes case files from National Black Police Association v. District of Columbia, 108 F.3d 346, 348-49 (D.C.Cir.1997). The case challenged the constitutionality of the new D.C. law as imposing “unprecedented limitations on the right of individuals and groups to contribute, and of political candidates to accept, contributions in support of campaigns for elected public office.”

A collection inventory exists, and the collection can be accessed at Georgetown Law Library’s Special Collections reading room.

Law Library Response to 2016 Student Survey

Each spring, the Law Library conducts a survey of our students.  In 2016, 245 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.

Monthly Table DaysWe have published the 2016 Law Library Survey Response, where you can see highlights of new hydration stations, new shelf guides for locating materials within the stacks, as well as the introduction of the OneSearch tool for discovering articles, books, databases, and other resources from many places.

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 spring of 2017.

Banned Books Week

The end of September brings us Banned Books week, dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of free speech.   To learn more about this topic, visit the American Library Association’s online resources on banned and challenged books.

The most frequently banned books are works of fiction. While the Georgetown University Law Center’s two library locations are mostly dedicated to nonfiction, we do have a small collection of popular reading materials, located on your right as you walk from the Reading Room to the Loewinger Lounge in the Williams Library. If you are in need of some pleasure reading, feel free to check it out.

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:

  • Thursday, September 29th, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 5th, 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@law.georgetown.edu, 202-662-9145.