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Law Library News for January 18, 1999

Linda Kawaguchi, editor

Law Library News Archive


Civil Rights Legislation Trivia Contest

by Mary Whisner

Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote: "Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless." Strength to Love 22 (1963).

To honor his birthday, this trivia contest looks at civil rights legislation. Match the text of the legislation to the correct citation. Submit your entries to the Reference Office by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., and one winner will receive a prize. Please include your email address.

  1. "It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer-- (1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge an individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges or employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin . . ."
  2. "The right to be free from discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service dog by a disabled person is recognized as and declared to be a civil right. This right shall include, . . . (d) The right to engage in credit transactions without discrimination . . ."
  3. "Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person . . . to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, . . . on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, . . . shall be fined under this title or imprisoned . . ."
  4. "[I]t shall be unlawful-- (a) To refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer, or to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin."
  5. "All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin."
  6. "All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind, and to no other."
  1. 42 U.S.C. 2000a(a)
  2. 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2(a)
  3. 18 U.S.C. 242
  4. 42 U.S.C. 1981(a)
  5. 42 U.S.C. 3604
  6. RCW 49.60.030

Statistics Online

by Cheryl Nyberg

Number-lovers: you have a new place to look for those lies, damn lies, and statistics. The UW Libraries Information Gateway now provides UW users access to Statistical Universe, an index to statistics published by state and federal governments, trade and industry associations, and international and nongovernmental organizations.

Developed by CIS (producer of Congressional Universe), Statistical Universe combines three printed indexes: the American Statistics Index, the Index to International Statistics, and the Statistical Reference Index. The Government Publications Section at Suzzallo subscribed to these indexes in print and on CD-ROM. Now any UW user can access them via the World Wide Web.

Statistical Universe is primarily an index to statistical sources but some full-text material is available. Many of the sources cited are found on the UW campus. After you search Statistical Universe, search the UW Libraries and/or the Law Library catalog(s) for locations. Companion microfiche collections also provide copies of the sources cited by Statistical Universe; these collections are found in the Microforms and Newspapers Collection, also at Suzzallo.

Another source available via the UW Libraries Information Gateway is Stat-USA. Billed as "one-stop internet browsing for business, trade, and economic information," this website compiles statistical information from a number of U.S. government agencies, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, Federal Reserve banks, the International Trade Administration, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Both Statistical Universe and Stat-USA are terrific sources of statistical information on U.S. and international business, finance, and trade. Give them a try!