Live stream of Presidential Inaugural in the library

President Barack Obama Want to be witness to an historic event?

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States will be streamed live in the Social Sciences Seminar Room on the first floor of the Bing Wing, Green Library from 8am - Noon PST on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Bring your friends, check out some of the library's Presidential materials, celebrate the democratic process! See you there!!

Q&A: Doing a Patent Search


Can I do a detailed patent search at Stanford?


Swain Library has a patent site pointing to various databases and search aids. Google Patent Search covers the entire collection of issued patents and millions of patent applications made available by the USPTO-—from patents issued in the 1790s through those issued in the past few months.

To search the official patent and trademark databases at the U.S. Patent Office, you need to go to an authorized depository library for patent searches. These libraries offer full access to the patent databases. The closest such depository to campus is about eight miles away, at the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Q&A: Papers of the U.S. Constitution's Framers


Where can I find the papers of America's founders, the framers of the U.S. Constitution?


You might want to start with Stanford's U.S. History Collections Page for Colonial/Revolutionary History, specifically the section on founders' documents, which has links to digital papers and locations for print items.

As far as digital collections go, there are two good databases: Thomas (from the Library of Congress) and the Avalon Project from Yale Law School. The Avalon Project's page has a search function. Start by linking to pre-18th century documents, then search for "framers." You will find many relevant documents.

Q&A: Steroids in Sports


Where can I find good sources about steroid use in sports?


For books, try a Searchworks search using subject terms such as "Doping in sports," which will turn up many sources--for example, this and this. The search will also locate relevant government documents, such as subcommittee hearings and testimony.

For newspaper and magazine articles, use the Database Academic Search Premier with search terms such as "Sports and drugs," "doping and sports," or "sports and steroids." For scholarly journal articles, try ProQuest Social Science Module and CSA’s Sociological Abstracts database with the same search terms.

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