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Proquest Congressional's New Interface and Collection Enhancements

The Center provdes School of Law students and faculty access to the best legal research subscription databases available. You can access Proquest Congressional on campus by visitng the following link:

Proquest Congressional

You can access Proquest Congressional from off campus by visiting the same link, and using the below information to logon:

User Name: Your Name

Password: Duquesne ID Number

Proquest Congressional is an excellent resource for legislative history research. It provides access to the CIS Index which indexes and abstracts congressional publications and CIS legislative histories as well as provides access to selected full text of congressional reports, documents, prints, bills and Congressional Record, and public laws . Formerly called Lexis Congressional and Congressional Universe.  Access is restricted to Duquesne University School of Law community.

Here are the latest enhancements to ProQuest Congressional:

  • Create links to specific searches, and share those searches with others.
    Here’s how:
    • After a search, go to “Recent search” and select “Get link” from the “Actions” dropdown. You can then copy the URL of this search to your clipboard and paste into a document or email. After you click on the link, click on “modify search”. This will bring you to the relevant search form that has been pre-populated with the date, congress, document type, search segment, and search term limiters from that original search.
  • See your search terms in your results set with Hit Highlighting, in both your initial search and in subsequent “search within” result sets.
  • Treaty and Nomination Reports and Documents dated before 1845 are now retrievable.
  • Documented Hearings that were published in the Serial Set, such as Fort Pillow Massacre, the Titanic disaster, Brownsville Affray, and more, are now also searchable via the Hearings checkbox in the Advanced Search form.
  • Digital Committee Prints link properly from the Legislative Histories.
  • Fixed the false links from the Legislative Histories to the Congressional Record Daily citations that predate the content coverage beginning in 1985.
  • Fixed a number of display issues associated with certain document types.
  • Email and print capability.
  • Search using the ALLCAPS search command. Here’s how:
    • To find all instances of EPA or AIDS, for example, use the ALLCAPS command: ALLCAPS(epa) or ALLCAPS(aids)

Bloomberg Law: Pick-up Your Activation Code at DCLI Circulation Desk

Please get your activation code for Bloomberg Law (BL) from the Circulation Desk of DCLI. Bloomberg Law provides free access to primary sources of law, and more, while you are at school, and six months after graduation. To collect your activation code please go the circulation desk and see one of the following:

Jean McBride, Chuck Sprowls, Lori Hagen, Steve Valent or Tsegaye Beru

Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

CALI offers Access to 600+ free CALI Lessons. Visit the following URL and use the below login information to access CALI both on and off-campus:

•  Logon to www.cali.org/register

•  Create a new username/password using the authorization code. You can obtain the authorization code by visiting the DCLI Service Center desk.

•  Get free access to 600+ CALI lessons in 32 legal subject areas!

•  Use relevant lessons during the semester or before finals to help reinforce what you learn in class.

Access restricted to Duquesne University students and faculty.

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