Monthly Archives: October 2013

Database Highlight: Proquest Legislative Insight

Overview: Proquest Legislative Insight is an excellent point to start your Federal legislative history research. It’s comprised of fully searchable PDFs of congressional legislative documents, which include the full text of the Public Law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports and prints, and other related documents.


Coverage: 1961 – current. As of October, 2013, the forthcoming module A will provide coverage 1929-present.



Search by keyword or use an easy-to-use citation checker, which allows you to plug in the citation for your publication and bring up all related publications by Public Law Number, Statute at Large Citations, and Enacted Bill. You can also use a quick search (by keyword), Guided Search (field searches using Booleans such as “And”, “Or”, Number Search (by bill, statute, hearing number, etc.). The site includes a quick legislative process guide.

The Racial Dot Map

The Racial Dot Map is a visual map of racial distribution in the United States, using color-coded dots that provides “an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country.” A zoom function allows you to focus on different areas. The map was designed in July, 2013 by Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. The Data is based on the 2010 Census.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013.

Learn the legal research skills used by practicing attorneys!

Join us at noon on Tuesday, October 22nd, in classroom 640 for a presentation by Jennifer Donnellan, principal at Cornerstone Law Group and former associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold.  Jennifer will discuss her employment law practice and the legal research skills she uses on a daily basis.  After her presentation, librarians Hilary Hardcastle and Tony Pelcyznski will briefly demonstrate how to use the resources highlighted in Ms. Donnellan’s presentation.  Pizza and soda will be served.

Environmental Protection Agency: Water Science

The EPA’s Water Science page contains scientific information and innovative technologies provided by researchers working in support of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. You can learn through articles, statistical data and guides about issues ranging from air and water quality to health and safety and green living; look at science and technology related to various subject areas such as waste cleanup, climate change and toxic cleanups; and examine laws and regulations and their enforcement. 

Courtroom View Network (CVN)

New database available! “Courtroom View Network” allows UC Hastings students to stream real courtroom videos, highlighted with expert commentary and analysis. The database also includes training libraries, which feature video clips of attorneys executing essential litigation skills and techniques.

To sign up, go to Use your UC Hastings email address to create an individual account.