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American Legal History Research Guide

This research guide in American legal history includes materials dealing with settlement through the twentieth century.


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This research guide in American legal history, with coverage of the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, was created to assist your research in the Georgetown Law Library. The library has a substantial collection of American legal history materials in several locations. The materials housed in the Special Collections Department in the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library are noted in the library catalog with a location of SPEC COLLand a status of SCCR Use Only indicating that Special Collections items may be used only in the Special Collections Reading Room (Williams 210). There are also many useful resources in the library's microform collection as well as electronic sources for research. Members of the Georgetown University community can schedule research consultations with the Curator of Legal History or the Special Collections Librarian. The Special Collections Department is located at the west end of the Robert L. Oakley Reading Room in Williams Library (Room 210). Patrons may also seek assistance at theWilliams reference desk.

A useful place to start your research in American legal history is the library's catalog, GULLiver. There are many useful links for finding articles, monographs and electronic databases. You can also use the WorldCat database, a mega-catalog database, to locate resources which may not be available at the Law Center, and then use our Inter-Library Loan service to request the resources which you need. Among the useful research resources available here in the library are Lexis NexisWestlawHeinOnline, Index to Legal Periodicals, Index to Legal Periodicals Retro, J-Stor, E-Journal Finder, Academic Search Premier and Project Muse. When researching American legal history, consult early English print and electronic resources which are very useful and relevant. Links to these resources are throughout this guide.

Other related and useful guides which are available here in the library are: