Political Science

Q&A: Solicitor's Opinions


How can I locate the Solicitor's Opinion from the Dept. of the Interior from 1980 (M-36921)?


This document can be found as part of the Decisions of the United States Department of the Interior (you can search this as a title in Searchworks). The detailed record shows a link to an online resource provided by the University of Michigan. The specific document is in v.87, p.291-304, and you can view a .pdf version. Alternately, the Law Library has this on microfiche.

Q&A: Congressional Serial Set Database


I'm looking for U.S. Receipts and Expenditures from the 1850s through the 1890s. I understand that this is part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set online, but when I construct a search with the terms above and the date range, I get a really long result. Can I narrow it down?


Yes, by using Congressional Publications as an index to the Serial Set. It's on the Databases list. Then construct your search as follows:

  1. Go to the "Advanced Search" tab at the top of the display.
  2. Type "Receipts and Expenditures" in the first box.
  3. Remove all the check marks from the "Search Within" categories, except for the Serial Set, 1789-1969.
  4. Pick a particular Congress, or set the search date to "Prior to 1970." If you do the latter, you'll get 317 listings, covering all the Receipts and Expenditures statements, 1789-1969. They will be displayed in chronological order, and are easy to scan.
  5. Click on the item that matches what you want. Here's a sample excerpt:
    TITLE: Receipts and expenditures of United States, 1857
    CIS-NO: 947 H.exdoc.13
    DOC-TYPE: Serial Set Collection
    SERIAL-VOL-NO: 947
  6. Note the Serial Vol-No: 947.
  7. In a simultaneous browser session, open the U.S. Congressional Serial Set database, from the Databases list.
  8. Set the search box to "In Serial Set Vol No."
  9. Enter the number 947 from the LexisNexis record, and do your search.

This will narrow your results to just two records. With two browsers open, you can move back and forth between the chronological list on LexisNexis and the full text display of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, pasting in each relevant Serial Set volume number.

Decline of Presidential Rhetoric

If you feel exasperated with the current election campaign rhetoric, you are not alone. Professor Elvin T. Lim, the author of The Anti-Intellectual Presidency: The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush, which we have in Green Library, is interviewed in the October 3rd issue (this link is good for 5 days) of The Chronicle Review of Higher Education.

On vice presidents

Interested in the Vice Presidency? Want to learn more about former Vice Presidents or Vice Presidential candidates? Stanford Libraries can help.

Try searching Socrates for "United States Vice Presidents", or check out these titles:

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