New Databases!!!

Author: 

We at the UConn Law Library are excited to announce the addition of three new databases from ProQuest, all available through our catalog:

  • Supreme Court Insight is an online collection of full opinions from argued Supreme Court cases, including per curiam decisions, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices, and amicus briefs.  Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document-by-document basis.

Image of the facade of the Supreme Court of the United States on a sunny day

  • Legislative Insight contains legislative histories comprised of fully searchable PDFs of full-text publications generated in the course of congressional lawmaking.  Each history includes the full text of the public law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, and prints.  Also included are presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications that provide background material to aid in the understanding of issues related to the making of the law.

Painted image of Congress in session.

  • Regulatory Insight contains administrative law histories organized by public law with all the rules promulgated arranged by agency and notices published in the Federal Register.

Image of two stamps, one labeled "regulations" and the other labeled "rules," in front of a stack of papers. The "Regulations" stamp is right side up, leaning against the stack of papers. The "Rules" stamp is lying on its side in front of the papers.

All three of these products are linked together providing the user the ability to seamlessly transition between statutory histories, regulatory histories, and Supreme Court materials. 

What might that look like in practice?  Say you were interested in learning more about the landmark environmental case Massachusetts v. EPA.  You could go to Supreme Court Insight to find all the briefs filed, a transcript of the oral arguments, and the decision itself.   You may note that an issue in the case was whether the EPA had authority to regulate carbon dioxide as an “air pollutant.” 

Wanting to research the issue yourself, you could pop over to Legislative Insight and look at the legislative history of the Clean Air Act to see if Congress intended to give that authority.  Following up one step further, within Regulatory Insight, you could see all the published notices and every rule passed pursuant to the authority given by the public law. 

In this way, by navigating between the databases, you are able to see how legislation is passed, what rules were promulgated based upon it, and how the Supreme Court has decided any controversies surrounding it.  A powerful tool to see the big picture in the formation of law! 

Take the time to experiment and get to know these new research tools.  And please come see us at the reference desk if you have any questions!  Enjoy!

Tags: 

Profile Photo of Adam Mackie
Adam Mackie
Reference Librarian,UConn Law

Adam provides reference and research assistance to library patrons, presents formal and informal research instruction in law school courses, and develops research materials in a variety of formats.  Prior to the library, Adam worked as a legislative attorney at the Hawaii state capitol and served as a law clerk for the third circuit court located in Hilo.  He received his J.D. and M.L.I.Sc. from the University of Hawaii and earned an LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from Kyushu University in Japan.