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The Life and Times of Florence Kelley in Chicago, 1891-1899

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Florence Kelley was the first woman factory inspector in the United States, appointed in Illinois by Governor John Peter Altgeld in 1893. A resident of Hull House, and a reformer – who refused to be associated with any political party–Florence Kelley lived in Chicago from 1891 until 1899, leading and participating in a variety of projects. These included: a wage and ethnicity census of the slums and tenements in Chicago; the reporting of cases and contagion in the smallpox epidemic of 1893; the enforcement of the universal primary education laws, and, most importantly, enforcing the provisions of the Illinois Factory Inspections Law of 1893.

Law School Historical Timeline

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Explore the rich history of Northwestern Law through our interactive timeline.

Vanderbilt University Television News Archive

Image and link to Vanderbilt University Television News ArchiveDo you know you can search for video clips from 2002 CNN News in which George Bush discusses US-Iraq Relations, and watch the actual video clips as they appeared on CNN?

By conducting an advanced search for “bush opinion and US-Iraq relations” and restricting the network to CNN and its regular news broadcasts, you can retrieve Bush's War Talk from September 18, 2002 on US-Iraq Relations. ( > view coverage on website )

The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline. The database provides a searchable index to television news broadcasts since 1968, and provides video clips from CNN news broadcasts since 1999. It is a unique reference tool for studying historical and political events. You could do any keyword search limited by broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, etc.), time, reporter, etc.

Making of Modern Law

Image and link to Making of Modern LawLooking for a legal treatise as old as the hills?

Using the advanced search feature in the Making of Modern Law database, you can restrict the date to treatises published in 1800 and retrieve many of the oldest treatises from this collection. ( > see examples on website)

Provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on U.S. and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to critical legal history in ways not previously possible.

Guide to U.S. Legislative History Sources

Has Oprah Winfrey ever testified before Congress?

Yes. Using LexisNexis Congressional, which is found in the Guide to U.S. Legislative History Sources , you can conduct an advanced search by witness name and retrieve the one hearing in which Oprah Winfrey testified. She testified on November 12, 1991 during the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing for “Protecting Children in Day Care: Building a National Background Check System.” ( > go to LexisNexis search)

The purpose of this document is to describe the basic steps in the legislative process, and suggest print sources in the Pritzker Legal Research Center, LexisNexis and Westlaw, or Internet sites for the text of legislative documents.


Image and link to LegalTracHelp. I have a draft of a paper due tomorrow. How do I find law journal articles about my topic?

Use LegalTrac's Basic search, Subject Guide search, or Advanced search feature to find articles for your legal topic. LegalTrac indexes more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. ( > search on website)

Citations with abstracts, and some full-text articles, from more than 1400 legal publications. Focus is on journals published in U.S. law schools, but also covered are major journals from other English-speaking countries. Also covers law-related articles from more than 1,000 additional business and general interest periodicals

New York Times (Historical)

Image and link to New York Times (Historical)How many times did Seabiscuit appear on the front page of the New York Times?

Nine times. Using the New York Times (Historical) database, you can conduct an advanced search for “Seabiscuit” and limit the “document type” to a “photo standalone”. ( > view photo search results online)

Searchable full-image articles from the first issue in 1851 through the end of 2001.

Municipal Code of Chicago

Image and link to Municipal Code of ChicagoBrrr. My landlord hasn't turned on the heat yet. Is that against the law?

Yes—By searching the Chicago Municipal Code online through American Legal Publishing, you can find in sections 5-12-110 and 13-196-410 that heat must be “furnished to residential buildings from Sept. 15th each year to June 1st of the succeeding year.” ( > view code on website)

This site links to the text of current Chicago ordinances.

Oxford English Dictionary

Image and link to Oxford English DictionaryWhat is the definition of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary online, it is “a nonsense-word esp. used by children, now chiefly expressing approbation: fantastic, fabulous.” ( > view definition on website)

Nearly 300,000 English vocabulary definitions with pronunciations, etymologies, histories, cross-references, and illustrative quotations.

IICLE Smartbooks

Image and link to IICLE SmartbooksWhere can I find a form for Illinois statutory power of attorney for health care?

Using the IICLE (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education) Smartbooks, you can search for “power of attorney health care form” in the SmartBooks search and retrieve a form in Estate Planning Forms and Commentary (2005 edition). ( > see form on website)

Digitized versions of practice handbooks in various substantive areas of Illinois law.


Image and link to JSTORI need a pdf of Sigmund Freud's 1910 article on the origin of psychoanalysis.

Using JSTOR's advanced search feature, you can restrict by author, date, and title of the article to retrieve Sigmund Freud's 1910 article on “The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis” in The American Journal of Psychology. ( > view Freud's article on website)

Searchable digitized backfile of over 100 scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

Is there an in-depth study on the depiction of women lawyers in movies?

Yes. By using the basic keyword search in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, you can locate a dissertation by Cynthia Anne Barto Lucia of New York University entitled, “Women on Trial: The Female Lawyer in the Hollywood Courtroom of the 1980s and 1990s.” ( > view dissertation on website)

Citations and some abstracts for doctoral dissertations and some master's theses, from accredited North American colleges and universities and some international universities.

Homicide in Chicago

Image and link to Homicide in ChicagoI heard my great-great grandfather, who was a sailor, was stabbed to death in a saloon fight in Chicago a long time ago. I’m not even sure of his name. Can I get any information about that?

Yes. Using the “Homicide in Chicago: 1870 – 1930” website, you can conduct a keyword search in the interactive database and retrieve the record of Dennis Bayne, a sailor who was stabbed to death in a saloon fight on December 30, 1876. ( > view record on website)

Includes a searchable database drawn from original handwritten police records of over 11,000 homicides committed in the City of Chicago between 1870 and 1930. Also includes background and contextual information. (Image courtesy of The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 19, 1926.)

Supreme Court Today

When was the case Hamdan v. Gates filed with the Supreme Court?

Using the “Supreme Court Today” section of U.S. Law Week , you will find that Hamdan v. Gates was filed on July 2, 2007. ( > view case on website)

This component of Law Week is a searchable database, with daily updates. View the status of and search summaries of certiorari petitions filed since the 1995 October Term. The database also contains the full text of Supreme Court opinions, oral argument schedules, selected oral argument summaries, annual reviews of the Court's decisions.


Image and link to THOMASDid you know that you can search multiple Congressional sessions for bill texts and find them in .PDF for free?

Use the bill search option in THOMAS to search across multiple congresses and retrieve bill texts in .Pdf format. ( > search website)

Freely accessible and searchable website with legislation in current and prior Congressional sessions. Documents include bills, resolutions, the Congressional Record, and treaties.

GPO Access

Image and link to GPO AccessWhere can I search the most recent issue of the Federal Register online for final rules and regulations?

The GPO Access website provides access to the full-text of final rules and regulations in the Federal Register ( > search website)

Freely accessible Government website with access to the full-text of the United States Code, Public and Private laws, the Congressional Record, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, the E-CFR, and presidential materials.

Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978

Where can I find a .PDF of a Supreme Court Brief from 1934?

The Supreme Court Records and Briefs database [1832-1978] ( > see cases filed in 1934 on website)

A reproduction of page images that comprises over 150,000 cases from the generation before the American Civil War to the decade of the Vietnam War and Watergate. It covers every aspect of law: civil rights law; constitutional law; corporate law; environmental law; gender law; labor law; legal history and legal theory; property law; taxation; trademark and intellectual property law, among other subjects. Document types include Appellant's Brief; Appellee's Brief; Application for Review; Application for Writ; Brief in Opposition; Brief of Real Party; Intervenor's Brief; Jurisdictional Statement; Letter Brief; Opposition for Review; Oral Transcript; Petition; Petition for Rehearing; Petitioner's Brief; Petition for Writ of Certiorari; Relator's Brief; Supplement to Petition; Transcript; among other sources.

Legal Citation Assistance

Where can I obtain standards for legal citation that reflect the general forms of citation for legal practice online?

Examples are given in the online “Introduction to Basic Legal Citation” (LII 2007 ed.) by Peter W. Martin ( > view examples on website)

This introduction to legal citation is focused on the forms of citation for professional practice rather than those used in journal publications. It revolves around rules set out in citation manuals and evolving usage reflected in memoranda and briefs prepared by practicing attorneys.

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