CQ Online Sharon
Bradley, Special Collections Librarian
The Law Library subscribes to the
Congressional Quarterly Electronic Library (CQEL) which is a collection
of resources focusing on American government, politics, history, public
policy, and current affairs. An important feature of the Congressional
Quarterly materials is that all content is reviewed by scholars,
experienced journalists, and CQ Press editors. The editorial approach
is to present throughly researched, non-partisan information.
The centerpiece of the collection is CQ Researcher. CQ Researcher is
particularly useful for term papers, including topic selection, and
debate or speech preparation. Each report covers one topic in-depth
with a lengthy, balanced discussion of the issues, background
information, a chronology, future outlook, a bibliography, and relevant
organization contacts. For instance, a recent issue focused on
professional football and Congressional investigation into the issues
of player health and safety.
Another particularly useful database within the CQEL is the Supreme
Court Collection. In addition to discussion and analysis of Supreme
Court opinions there are biographies of all the justices, analysis of
voting blocks, court trends, and breakdowns of opinions by justice and
topic. One of my favorite CQEL features is the interactive maps in the
Voting and Elections Collection -- these are addictive but educational.
Save your searches or specific documents by establishing a profile and
then follow a particular topic or issue by signing up for e-mail alerts
and RSS feeds.
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