Hidden Gem: Legal Classics

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The HeinOnline legal database has a Legal Classics collection contains a wealth of classical legal information and original primary source literature of interest to legal historians and legal scholars. There is a wealth of information for anyone wanting to know the history of a topic such as accounting, education, political science, etc.  For example, “Ye Olden Blue Laws” is a book containing historical background on many Blue laws or Sunday laws. Laws that restrict things like travel on Sundays, may seem outdated, but in some instances are still on the books while being unenforced.  

To access these works, go to the HeinOnline database, and choose “Legal Classics” under the Browse Database by Name menu.  Then click “All Titles” and you can search or browse by author, title, or subject.   

Screenshot of HeinOnline database indicating the list of collections under the Browse Databases by Name category.

This hidden gem of more than 13,000 books with over 8 million pages includes thousands of works from some of the greatest legal minds in history including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, Louis Brandise, Edward Coke, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Federick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Benjamin N. Cardozo, and many more. In addition to many classic treatises, this collection also includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.  Subjects include constitutional history, comparative law, and political science.   

For scholars of Abraham Lincoln there are over 30 works including: 

  • Abe Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories – A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes that Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller 
  • Abraham Lincoln, and Other Addresses in England 
  • Abraham Lincoln, Defendant: Lincoln’s Most Interesting Lawsuit 
  • Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings 
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Lawyer-Statesman 
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Herndon’s Life of Lincoln: The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Lincoln the Lawyer 
  • Lincoln the Litigant 
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 
  • Reminiscences of the Illinois Bar Forty Years Ago: Lincoln and Douglas as Orators and Lawyers 
  • Site of Lincoln’s Inn.   

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Hidden Gem: Evidence-Based Care Sheets

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The CINAHL Complete nursing and allied health database contains two hidden gems of particular interest to nursing, but also to anyone wanting more information on health topics such as breast cancer, deep vein thrombosis, or anorexia nervosa.   

Evidence – Based Care Sheets: Go to the CINAHL Complete database. The Evidence-Based Care Sheets are available via a link at the top of the page. 

Screenshot of CINAHL complete database with the link to the Evidence-based care sheets circled.

Evidence-Based Care Sheets are summaries on specific key topics, which are focused on nursing practice. Each evidence-based care sheet incorporates the latest evidence, statistics, research and references on a given topic.   

Quick Lessons: The Quick Lessons, part of the CINAHL Nursing Guide, are clinically organized nursing overviews, with information mapped to the nursing workflow (i.e. description/etiology, signs and symptoms, assessment, treatment goals, red flags, what to tell the patient/patient’s family).  Quick Lessons are available under the “More” pull down menu at the top of the screen. Of specific interest to laypersons will be the “what to tell the patient/patient’s family” section of these resources 

Screenshot of CINAHL database with the link to the Quick Lessons collection listed under more in the top header.

These two sources provide quick authoritative information on diseases and illnesses along with care guidelines. 

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Hidden Gem: The Pentagon Papers

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The HeinOnline legal resources database includes several hidden gems including a collection containing the complete “Pentagon Papers.”  To access, simply select this collection under the “Browse Databases by Name” menu.  

Screen shot of the list of collections under the browse database by name category.

Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, these “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.  These papers were made famous when released to the New York Times in 1971.  They showed that the U.S. government had systematically lied to the public in regard to the scope, aims, and extent of the government’s involvement not only in Vietnam, but the whole of South East Asia during this period.  The 47 volumes with more than 8,000 pages comprising this collection are fully searchable through HeinOnline.  If you are interested in any aspect of the conflict in South East Asia and the actions throughout the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, this is a major source of historical significance.   

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Increase your Money IQ

Logo for Money Smart Week.

This week is Money Smart Week, and Brookens Library is highlighting some of our resources on budgeting, investing and personal finances. 

Did you know that one in four Americans spends $11 or more on coffee every week? That adds up to $572 a year. Or that the average person spends more than 40 percent of their food budget on food away from home? Money Smart Week encourages us to look at our spending habits and reflect on the hidden costs of college, food and finances. 

There are a lot of resources out there so if you are interested in honing your skills so you can pay your bills, here are a few to get you started: 

  • Ask CFBP: Find clear, unbiased answers to hundreds of financial questions. 
  • Paying for College: Find guides that can help you make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college and repay student debt. 

Here are some books you can check out at Brookens Library: 

Celebrate Women’s History Month

This past year has been the advent of so many milestones for women in the U.S.  There are currently 131 women in both chambers of the 116th Congress, up by 130 from the sole congresswoman elected to federal office in 1917 in Montana.  And for women of color, the outcome is unprecedented. In “the 116th U.S. Congress 47 of the 127 women serving or 37.0%, are women of color; in addition, a Black woman, a Latina, an Asian Pacific Islander, and a Caribbean American woman serve as Delegates to the House from Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, respectively. Women of color constitute 8.8% of the total 535 members of Congress,” (CAWP).  Surely this is the year of the woman.   

As we celebrate the current victories of women making political waves, let us remember some of the pioneers who paved the way for the successes of today.  The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University provides fact sheets and timelines highlighting historic firsts for women: who have run for the Presidency (the first was Victoria Woodhull who ran on the Equal Rights Party ticket in 1872), elected to Senate (the first woman elected to the Senate was Hattie Wyatt Caraway (AR) in 1931), elected to the House (Jeannette Rankin was the first elected in 1917 and the only lawmaker to vote against U.S. entry into both world wars!), and of color (Soledad Chacon was elected Secretary of State in New Mexico in 1923.  She was the first Latina and woman of color to hold a statewide elected executive office, Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson was the first Native American elected to a state legislature in 1924 (Michigan) and Minnie Buckingham Harper was the first Black woman in a state legislature).  Illinois can boast Carole Mosely Braun as the first female African-American Senator (1993-1999) and Michelle Obama as the first African-American first lady of the U.S.  But we still have a long way to go.  Visit the CAWP website to see a historic timeline highlighting other significant firsts and the progression of successes leading up to recent achievements and statistics at all levels of government. 

For access to more resources on women and the law visit Brookens’ LibGuide Women & Gender Studies – Law as well as the Legal Studies LibGuide.    

A couple of specialized databases for accessing historic primary source material on or by women are the following:   

Gerritsen Collection: The Gerritsen Collection was begun by Aletta Jacobs Gerritsen in the late 1800s. By the time their successors finished their work in 1945, the Gerritsen Collection was the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world, with materials spanning four centuries and 15 languages.  The primary source materials date from 1543 to 1945 focusing on Europe, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.   

Women and Social Movements in the United States:  The focus of this resource is on women’s activism and spans four centuries from 1600-2000.  There are over 125 document projects and archives, approximately 4,700 publications, a chronology of women’s history, teaching tools, book and web site reviews, archival news regarding primary sources in U.S. Women’s History, a digital archive with a focus on federal, state, and local commissions on the Status of Women between 1961 and 2005.   It also includes a dictionary of social movements and organization along with an online edition of the five-volume biographical dictionary, Notable American Women (1971-2004).   

Data, Data, Everywhere

But How Do I Find What I Need?

Brookens Library provides access to a number of resources that contain data and statistics to aid researchers and students.  A vast amount of statistical data is produced by government agencies and freely available. These resources are not highlighted in this post which is focused on those resources to which the library subscribes.  Many of these resources draw upon government information, but provide additional support by summarizing the data, providing additional indexing, or enhanced search functionality. 

The library has six major statistical resources. We’ve highlighted them below with information that will help you determine which source will best meet your needs.  If you need statistics or data, check out these resources, and for assistance with your research, set-up an appointment with a librarian. 

Statistical Abstract of the United States 

Statistical Abstract of the United States provides a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States, providing a snapshot of America and its people. These summaries also serve to lead users to other sources for more complete data related to their topic. This database has been updated annually by the federal government since 1878.  The Statistical Abstract of the United States is one of the best-known statistical reference publications and serves as both an answer book and a guide to statistical sources. This database Includes 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets) that are searchable and browsable. 

Historical Statistics of the United States

Historical Statistics of the United States includes statistics about the United States from the colonial times up to the start of the 21st century. It provides U.S. population, economic, employment, governance and international relations data. You can even create and save custom tables.  It has long been the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history. Some of the additional topics include data on American Indians, slavery, outlying areas, poverty, nonprofit organizations, and the Confederate States of America. 

Statistical Insight

This database is designed to find and retrieve statistical content.  It provides access to tables and citations to statistics produced by the U.S. federal, state and local governments, international governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations. It spans millions of full-text reports and more than 1 million published tables on thousands of different topics. It also offers broad perspectives and insight on long-term national trends and implications paired with the ability to narrow results. Whether you are looking for tables, statistical reports, publication abstracts, or datasets, results are ranked by relevance. Faceted search results can then be filtered by document type, source, date published, geographic area, and more.

Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit is an excellent source for international statistical data especially related to economics, politics, and governmental information.  It provides full-text access to quantitative and qualitative data and forecasts political, economic, and business climates for various regions and up to 200 countries, as well as related news, analysis, and risk factor assessments. This database, produced by the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, was created in 1946 with the purposes of helping businesses, financial firms, and governments to understand how the world is changing and how that creates opportunities to be seized and risks to be managed. 

Sage Business Stats

SAGE Business Stats offers historic, current, and projected demographic and industry data points down to the zip-code level. Users can compare data within one variable or across variables using tables and line graphs; access interactive maps with timelines at the state, county, zip-code, city, and metropolitan statistical area levels; and export charts, graphs, and tables as well as the data itself.

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

UIS is an institutional member of the ICPSR which serves as the largest archive and repository of digital social science data. An integral part of the infrastructure of social science research, ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction (over 8,000 discrete studies/surveys with more than 65,000 datasets).  ICPSR supports students, instructors, researchers, and policy makers who: conduct secondary research to support primary research findings or generate new findings; preserve and disseminate primary research data; study or teach statistical methods in quantitative analysis; and develop funding proposals for grants or contracts that require a data management plan.  ICPSR also encourages deposits of digital data. Deposits are made using a secure data deposit workspace to describe the data collection and upload content.  More information on the depositing of digital data can be found at https://deposit.icpsr.umich.edu/deposit/home.  ICPSR accepts replication datasets for researchers who need to publish their raw data in relation to a journal article, so that other researchers can replicate the findings. Because ICPSR does not approve or alter datasets in any way, studies archived as replication datasets tend to appear on their website more quickly.

Using Library Databases on the Job Hunt

You’ve used library databases for research papers before, but they can also help you as you search for jobs and internships – whether you are trying to find information on potential employers for the Career Connections Expo or want some extra talking points for a scheduled interview.  

If you want to know more about potential employers, and you want to go beyond what you can find on the company’s website and some quick Google searching, here are some suggestions for library resources that can help you get to better know a company. 

Research the companyBusiness Source Complete is a great place to start if looking for a basic overview of a public company (think large companies like Target, Boeing or Accenture). You can usually find a description of the company, financial information and executive biographies. Many profiles include SWOT reports, which summarize the strengths and weaknesses of a business and the opportunities and threats it faces.  

To find a company profile or SWOT analysis, type in the company name in the main search bar and see what pops up in the results. Alternatively, click on “Company Information” in the blue banner at the top and search for your company there. 

Know the industry. If you are planning to work in a specific industry, it can be useful to get to know what trends are driving progress within that sector. Business Source Complete provides free industry reports to help you get to know the top companies, see the market forecast and become familiar with the terminology being used within the industry.  

To find an industry profile, search for the industry and limit your search to the source type of “Industry Profiles.” For example, if you are going to work for a hospital or pharmaceutical company, run a search for “healthcare industry” and find a current industry report among the results for your chosen country.  

Read the news. While you can easily find recent company news on Google, you can also find both national and regional newspapers in the library’s databases. Not all newspapers can be accessed for free on the web so it can be useful to search Brookens Library’s newspaper databases, which include the New York Times and Newspaper Source

If you have any questions about using any of the library’s databases, ask one of our librarians