News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


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.

Brush Up Research Skills with Law Library Legal Research Seminars

Law Library Legal Research Seminar LogoThe Fall semester is in full swing, and many of you may be grappling with significant research projects for the first time.  The C|M|Law Library provides numerous Legal Research Seminars to help you get up to speed.  Our Legal Research Seminars are available online as a “Course” on the Westlaw TWEN platform.  [Connect to TWEN, select Manage Courses – Add Course, then select “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars.”]  Our Legal Research Seminars cover Lexis and Westlaw resources, effective searching on Lexis and Westlaw, Bluebooking, Administrative Law, Legislative History, Family Law, Foreign Law, HeinOnline resources, Research on the Web, Law Library Study Aids, and the Scholar Catalog.  C|M|Law students may also complete the quiz accompanying each Legal Research Seminar to earn points.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a “Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can share on social networks, blogs, and websites.  For more information on the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact research.services@law.csuohio.edu.

6/15-16/2021 National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference

National Urban League LogoThe National Urban League is holding its 18th Legislative Policy Conference June 15-16, 2021.  The virtual live Conference will bring together members of Congress, elected state leaders, and community advocates to “discuss the policy issues impacting African-Americans and other historically underrepresented communities.”  See the Conference website for session information and speaker biographies.  Registration is free.

6/13/2021 ACLU of Ohio Legislative Outreach Training

ACLU Ohio logoThe ACLU of Ohio is conducting a Legislative Outreach Training at 2pm on Sunday 6/13/2021.  The training will be on how to advocate with elected officials for repealing the death penalty and reforming the bail system, and “will focus on messaging, connecting with others in your region to devise an outreach plan, and working to land legislative meetings.  Registration closes on Friday 6/4/2021, and one must RSVP to receive a Zoom registration form.

Social Justice & Cost-Effective Legal Research Seminars

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeSeveral of the eighteen Law Library Legal Research Seminars demonstrate research in a social justice topic and cost-effective research strategies:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources
  • Terms & Connectors Searching
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis & Westlaw
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov and Govinfo.gov

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  To view Seminars, connect to TWEN, “add” the “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars” course, then view any or all of the listed Seminars.   Students interested in receiving a “Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge (which you can can share on social networks, blogs, and websites) need to earn 100 Seminar points.  Each Seminar is 12.5 or 25 points, and you earn points by correctly answer 3/4 of the questions on a Seminar’s accompanying quiz.  Seminar points are good for the entire time you are at C|M|LAW, and you can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.