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Meet a Database: ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional (linked from our database page) is a collection of historic and current congressional information and is one of the best databases for legislative history information. It is available on campus or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories, which are created through gathering and organizing into one place all documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation. Another feature of the product is the ability to search the social media of public officials. 

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see the Legislative History Research Guide.

ProQuest is also available as part of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which are available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform. You earn points for completing an online seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that seminar’s quiz. When 100 points are earned, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

Be sure to check out all available research databases on our database page.

What Kind of Computer for Law School?

Wondering what kind of computer you will need for law school? Your laptop must meet the requirements for software used by our school, Exam 4. For more information about Exam 4, go to Exams on Computer FAQ.

Discounts for computers are available via Cleveland State University. Also note that students can install a free copy of Microsoft Office on up to five computers.

Free Online Study Aids for Last-Minute Studying

All of the study aids and textbooks that publishers are providing free access to can be found on our Temporary Textbook & Study Aid Access page.

There are many titles available.  

Good luck on finals!

Free Online Study Aids Available from Wolters Kluwer

While you may not be able to physically check out some of your favorite study aids, there are many online options to access. Yesterday’s blog highlighted study aids available from Westlaw and West Academic. Today we’ll highlight the Wolters Kluwer offerings and tomorrow we’ll cover some from Lexis. Check our Temporary Textbook & Study Aid Access page for complete information on all free resources—we will update this page as we get additional information.

Wolters Kluwers has online access to hundreds of study aids. Some of the most popular series included are Examples and Explanations, Emanuel CrunchTime, Emanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides, and Aspen Student Treatises.

To get started, you will need to log into the proxy server the first time you access the study aids. From there, you will  create a Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid account. Once you have created an account, you will no longer need to log into the proxy server but will use your personal account log in instead. 

To log into the proxy server: 

  • Click here or follow the link for AspenLaw eBooks under Quick Links on the Law Library homepage 
  • Students: use your 7-digit CSU ID number and the password you use to log into the computer lab
  • Faculty and staff: use your 7 digit CSU ID and the password you use to access your office computer

To Create a Personal Account: 

  • Once you are logged into the proxy server, click “Register” under “Don’t have a personal account?” and create a personal account
  • Once you have a personal account set up, go to each time to log in and  search for study aids and other titles you want

The following document provides more details about access, finding study aids, and reading ebooks on the platform.

Free Resources Online for Entertainment and Enlightenment

With many people at home for the foreseeable future, we wanted to highlight a few resources that offer free entertainment options. We’d like to ask our readers to send us other resources and we will then update this post periodically. Send suggestions to Student Services Librarian Brian Cassidy at

Cleveland Public Library – offers online magazines, MP3 downloads, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, movies, television, and a classical music library. All can be accessed with your CPL library card number and pin. (NOTE: many public libraries have online offerings, so check with your local library if you don’t have a CPL card)

Internet Archivea non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Librarians and others also use the archive for its “Wayback Machine,” which crawls the web periodically and captures websites as they existed on a certain date. So if you have a URL that no longer exists, you may be able to find a previous copy of the website here. 

Open Culture – Free online courses, MOCCs, Textbooks, Language Lessons, ebooks, audio books, and movies.

Google Arts & Culture – view famous museum collections and landmarks from your computer/phone.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Watch and listen; new performances posted daily.