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Justis, JustCite Trials
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Law of the Sea Convention
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Death Penalty Worldwide
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Charles Taylor Verdict
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Bloomberg Law Access
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International Justice Resource Center
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Stanford's China Guiding Cases Project
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Domestic Violence Survey
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Statutes in U.S.C. Section Notes
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Online treaty sources
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Legal Information Institute of India
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International Center for Research on Women
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WestlawNext and the Cost of Online Research
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Domestic Case Law on International Crimes (The DomCLIC Project)
September 22, 2010 at 8:27 AM
Google Books and multi-volume works
September 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM
Westlaw error uncorrected?
July 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM
Tax Lessons on CALI
June 24, 2010 at 10:20 AM
Georgetown Bioethics Library
June 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM
Information about Sexual Assault on College Campuses
May 14, 2010 at 8:30 AM
National Library Week
April 12, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Digest of United States Practice in International Law
April 01, 2010 at 3:10 PM
OSCAR will be unavailable Tuesday
March 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM
Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC)
March 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM
Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School
February 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM
Legal Citation Finder Bookmarklet
February 10, 2010 at 10:56 AM
BNA's Core Plus Package
February 03, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell
January 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM
Free Full-text Online Law Review/Law Journal Search Engine
December 14, 2009 at 9:38 AM
U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs
November 24, 2009 at 4:55 PM
November 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM
November 17, 2009 at 1:08 PM
University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs
November 12, 2009 at 2:32 PM
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Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research
September 02, 2009 at 3:05 PM
Evening 1Ls and Lexis/Westlaw training
August 14, 2009 at 6:49 PM
New website for bill tracking
May 28, 2009 at 9:50 AM
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UN Diplomatic Conferences
May 13, 2009 at 8:21 AM
Summer access to Lexis and Westlaw for students
April 23, 2009 at 7:10 PM
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
April 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM
How did Lexis and WestLaw corner the market on legal information?
April 07, 2009 at 3:13 PM
How to update the CFR using GPO Access
April 07, 2009 at 2:41 PM
More information about legal RSS feeds
March 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM
Free and low cost legal research
March 26, 2009 at 11:49 AM
CALI Lesson on California Citations
March 24, 2009 at 3:04 PM
What first year students should learn in a legal research class
March 17, 2009 at 1:05 PM
Upcoming Changes to West's Digests
February 26, 2009 at 5:36 PM
Economic Stimulus Bill
February 13, 2009 at 8:24 AM
Remember to use your librarian
February 11, 2009 at 1:09 PM
Most frequently cited authors in Heinonline's law journal collection
February 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM
Federal Digital System (FDSys)
February 11, 2009 at 10:06 AM
Audiovisual Library of International Law
October 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM
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United Nations Treaty Collection
September 18, 2008 at 4:59 PM
UK Research Resources
August 04, 2008 at 8:49 AM
Chinese Law Databases
July 23, 2008 at 1:10 PM
How to Read a Legal Opinion : A guide for new law students
July 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM
The Google Generation and Legal Research
July 10, 2008 at 2:51 PM
Lexis v. WestLaw : Law Librarians Weigh In on Debate
July 10, 2008 at 1:53 PM
Need to brush up on legal research skills before the fall?
July 07, 2008 at 10:20 AM
Legal research faux-pas affects Kennedy v. Louisiana case
July 03, 2008 at 11:51 AM
Interesting study on blog reading habits
July 02, 2008 at 4:44 PM
Software tools for making class outlines and table of authorities
June 24, 2008 at 2:42 PM
Podcast Series on Law Practice
June 02, 2008 at 9:44 AM
State Laws Relating to Immigrants and Immigration
May 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM
Exciting changes to West's Key Number System
May 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM
Was Baze the most "internet friendly" SCOTUS ruling?
April 21, 2008 at 10:19 AM
Law Journal Articles and Contemporary Judicial Decision-Making
April 14, 2008 at 2:51 PM
Online tutorials: Congressional materials
April 04, 2008 at 9:24 AM
Free Case Law Collections
March 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM
Two New Legal Research Websites
February 15, 2008 at 2:54 PM
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InSITE and Legal Research Engine
January 12, 2008 at 2:34 PM
Violence Prevention Databases
October 31, 2007 at 10:04 AM
Federal Communications Law Journal
August 03, 2007 at 10:39 AM
Declaration of Independence
July 03, 2007 at 9:20 AM
National Child Support Enforcement Association Research Clearinghouse
June 18, 2007 at 12:46 PM
Searching for Rumpole
June 06, 2007 at 10:49 AM
Reports to the People
May 31, 2007 at 3:12 PM
Immigration Reform Legislation
May 25, 2007 at 4:43 PM
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Actual Innocence Awareness Database
April 11, 2007 at 2:07 PM
State-by-State Report on the Authentication of Online Legal Resources
April 09, 2007 at 9:54 AM
Find a Journal
March 20, 2007 at 3:43 PM
Search Engine for Legal Research Guides
February 02, 2007 at 8:54 AM
Digital Collection of Civil Rights Documents
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Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources
November 20, 2006 at 12:00 PM
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Easy Way to Bone Up on Legal Research Skills
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FindLaw's Supreme Court Center
November 01, 2006 at 11:35 AM
Biotechnology Legislation Tracker
October 25, 2006 at 11:10 AM
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Court Rules, Forms and Dockets
September 26, 2006 at 1:55 PM
2005-2006 California Legislative Session
September 08, 2006 at 11:20 AM
"Research Canons" Project
September 05, 2006 at 5:50 PM
Summary of U.S. Supreme Court's 2005-2006 Term
August 17, 2006 at 10:50 AM
The staff of American Law Reports has created two updates summarizing the decisions of the Supreme Court during its 2005-2006 term, including denials of petitions for cert. The summaries include handy citations to the ALR annotations that cover the legal topics addressed in the Supreme Court decisions. Part I of the summary is available at this link, and Part II can be found here.
WorldCat Search Page
August 10, 2006 at 10:40 AM
It happens all of the time when you’re cite-checking or researching a paper. You need to track down a book or a periodical, and it isn’t in the Santa Clara collections. You’ve tried LINK+, and you haven’t come up with anything. You want to figure out if the item is available at another area library, but how do you do that quickly and easily without searching each library’s online catalog separately? If you find yourself in this position, try the new WorldCat search page. It allows you to search for books, journals, videos and magazines using the title, subject, or author from a free, simple search engine page. For example, if you want to find books about former Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, just enter her name in the search box. Your search will automatically pull up books written by Justice O’Connor as well. When you see the item that you want, click on it, then enter your zip code in the "Enter Location Information" box. You’ll receive a list of area libraries that have your item, and it will even tell you how far away each library is from your zip code. You can find more detailed information about the WorldCat search page on the WorldCat "Learn More" page.
August 08, 2006 at 9:35 AM
RegulationsPlus made a big splash when Thomson West released it last spring, and with the fall semester about to begin, I thought it would be a good time to remind students and faculty about some of the useful features of this new product. With the introduction of RegulationsPlus, West has taken several important steps to make federal regulatory research easier. When you go to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) search page, West has added a link to the new RegulationsPlus Index (in the upper right-hand corner of the search screen). The RegulationsPlus Index is a detailed subject index that includes links to the regulatory text. If your "terms and connectors" or "natural language" searches aren’t giving you relevant search results, try browsing the subject index to find federal regulations about your topic.
The other major improvement for regulatory researchers appears when you access a CFR section in Westlaw. The left-hand side of the screen now has a number of useful research tools, including links to prior versions of the regulatory section, links to cases and administrative agency materials that discuss your regulations, and links to related statutes. You can also read summaries of previous Federal Register publications that refer to your section and access the content of these Federal Register sections.
You can read more about RegulationsPlus on the Thomson West website and view a quick demo video. The SCU law school community can receive training on RegulationsPlus by contacting a reference librarian at 408-554-4452. We’re happy to help you learn more about this new feature!
Two Updated Research Guides from Heafey's Librarians
July 28, 2006 at 1:15 PM
We’ve recently updated two of our research guides. Heafey’s "California Legal Research Guide" furnishes tips on researching California law using treatises or legal encyclopedias, annotated codes, and case digests. Our "Guide to American Law Reports" provides information on how to use ALR, a multi-volume secondary source that provides detailed articles about selected topics in state and federal law. Both of these guides are excellent resources for students who are just beginning to familiarize themselves with legal research. As always, you can find electronic copies of every Heafey research guide on this page.
Full-Text Searching of EDGAR filings
June 21, 2006 at 9:35 AM
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently unveiled a new search page that allows researchers to search the full text of all EDGAR filings from the past two years, including attachments. After experimenting with this search page, I recommend skipping the basic search and moving directly to the advanced search page, which gives you the option to limit your search by date, by company, by central index key, and by form type (10-K, 10-Q, etc.). For those of you who are new to legal research and aren’t sure what EDGAR filings are, EDGAR stands for the SEC’s "Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval" system. The SEC decided to require electronic filings over a decade ago so that investors would have easy access to the most current financial information about public companies. You can find additional EDGAR search options as well as descriptions of SEC form types on the SEC website. Thanks to beSpacific for the tip.
Moving Beyond Basic Searching on the Internet
June 14, 2006 at 9:45 AM
I see that the "Google Cheat Sheet" has been making the rounds in the blogosphere and at legal conferences again, so I thought I’d feature it for a second time on Heafey Headnotes. For those of you who aren’t aware of it, the Google Cheat Sheet provides you with lots of ways to refine your Google searches, and it also gives you information about little-known functions, such as using Google as a calculator. Why should law students take the time to learn advanced search techniques? Because these features will save you lots and lots of time by giving you much more relevant, on-point search results. Law school gives you the opportunity to conduct legal research in a fairly leisurely fashion, but the luxury of having lots of time for research projects will disappear in practice, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these features now. These advanced features aren’t exclusive to Google. Advanced search tips and features are also available on Yahoo!, FirstGov, Ask.com, IceRocket, and A9.com, just to name a few. Search Engine Showdown’s search engines features chart is also a valuable resource for determining which search engine is best for your search.
Top Ten Things Law Librarians Want New Associates to Know
June 01, 2006 at 5:15 PM
Law firm librarian Bobbi Cross has a Law.com article about basic research skills that is useful reading for summer associates and newly-minted attorneys. If you find yourself reading this list and feeling a little queasy about your upcoming summer research assignments, please feel free to call a Heafey reference librarian at 408-554-4452 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We give individual refresher courses on legal research for any interested student.
Thanks to Law Librarian Blog for the tip.
Research Sessions for Summer Advocacy Sections
May 31, 2006 at 4:05 PM
Heafey Law Library will offer small group, hands-on training sessions for Advocacy students who would like additional help with their research skills. Separate classes will be offered for the two topics being used this summer.
The training sessions will go over OSCAR searching tips, legal indexes for finding articles, using digests, KeyCite and Shepards refresher, and ALR searching. Each session will be about 30 minutes. All sessions will be held in the Toso Lab. Contact the reference desk if these times will not work for you. We can arrange individual training.
Please sign up at the reference desk; class slots are available on a "first-come, first- served" basis. You can also request a spot by calling us at (408) 554-4452 or e-mailing us at email@example.com
Discrimination in admission problem:
Thursday 6/1 at 5 pm
Friday 6/2 at 2 pm
Monday 6/5 at 5 pm
Tuesday 6/6 at 2:15 pm
Wenesday 6/7 at 5 pm
Freedom of speech problem:
Friday 6/2 at 5 pm
Monday 6/5 at 4:15
Tuesday 6/6 at 5 pm
Thursday 6/8 at 5 pm
New on LLRX
May 25, 2006 at 10:30 AM
LLRX has just published some excellent new legal research resources. To read the entire list of new articles, visit LLRX’s home page. I’ve linked to a few of the new items that should be of interest to academic legal researchers and the SCU Law community:
- Let the People Know the Facts: Can Government Information Removed from the Internet Be Reclaimed?
Susan Nevelow Mart’s article "examines the legal bases of the public’s right to access government information, reviews the types of information that have recently been removed from the Internet, and analyzes the rationales given for the removals."
- Beyond Google and Yahoo: Advanced Search (PowerPoint PDF)
Sabrina Pacifici and Tom Mighell share their tips for advanced Internet searching in this comprehensive presentation from ABA TechShow 2006.
- Gumshoe Librarian 2006
Barbara Fullerton and Sabrina Pacifici’s article lists 70 useful websites, covering blogs, intelligence data, state and federal government resources, open source scholarly literature, and more.
- Eight Reasons Solo Lawyers Should Use Law Libraries
Mary Whisner explains how law libraries and law librarians can make life easier for small-firm and solo practitioners. Although Heafey Law Library isn’t open to the public, we do allow members of any state bar to purchase a Courtesy Card to access our library. If you’re interested, you can read more about it in our Courtesy Card policy handout.
GAO Report on Sarbanes-Oxley's Impact on Small Companies
May 09, 2006 at 11:30 AM
The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 was passed in order to improve the flow of accurate information from corporate offices to investors and other interested parties. But SOX, as the Act is called by most corporate attorneys, has created significant headaches for corporate legal departments, particularly for smaller public companies. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just released this report about SOX’s impact on companies, and the report concludes that:
costs associated with implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act—particularly those costs associated with the internal control provisions in section 404—were disproportionately higher (as a percentage of revenues) for smaller public companies. In complying with the act, smaller companies noted that they incurred higher audit fees and other costs, such as hiring more staff or paying for outside consultants, to comply with the act’s provisions. Further, resource and expertise limitations that characterize many smaller companies as well as their general lack of familiarity or experience with formal internal control frameworks contributed to the challenges and increased costs they faced during section 404 implementation. Along with other market factors, the act may have encouraged a relatively small number of smaller public companies to go private, foregoing sources of funding that were potentially more diversified and may be less expensive for many of these companies.
Want to find more GAO reports? Visit the GPO Access pages, which allow you to search GAO reports from 1995-present.
New Research Guides on LLRX.com
April 25, 2006 at 10:35 AM
LLRX has just released some new research guides -- here are links to some of the new guides as well as short descriptions of each guide excerpted directly from the LLRX site:
Beyond Google and Yahoo: New, Nifty Search Engines to Optimize Your Research
"Barbara Fullerton and Sabrina I. Pacifici’s recommendations focus on subject area and issue-centric sites to facilitate obtaining search results that are better targeted to the scope of your requests. Whether you are looking for government data, blogs, RSS feeds, videos, podcasts, news or scientific papers, this guide will serve you well. "
The Limited Liability Company: The Importance of Choosing The Correct Business Vehicles
"Sarah Spear’s guide distinguishes the LLC from other common forms of business entity, discusses the various LLC management structures, highlights businesses thriving as LLCs and some of the tax advantages realized by the LLC."
Indecisive Decision: An Examination of the Greenberg & Faulkner Cases and their Impact on Libraries
"Sharon Whitfield examines the conflicting decisions made by the Eleventh Circuit Court in the case of Greenberg v. National Geographic and the Second Circuit Court in the case of Faulkner v. National Geographic and the impact that these court decisions may have on libraries that are looking to reformat their copyrighted material into digital media."
Got Competitive Intelligence? Tips, Tools, Techniques for the Savvy Marketer
"Donna Cavallini and Sabrina I. Pacifici’s guide has again been completely revised and updated to include new recommendations ranging from free websites, news alerts, RSS and blogs to fee-based subscriptions and licensed enterprise applications."
A Commentary on the National Forest Land Conveyance for Rural Communities Act
"The administration’s unprecedented plan to have the Forest Service sell large tracts of [the] National Forest is the topic of Beth Wellington’s commentary this month."
Applying Project Management Techniques to Litigation Discovery
"Conrad J. Jacoby discusses the important role of the project manager, and how critical oversight allows this individual to anticipate and identify potential problems quickly so that they can be resolved without derailing the case."
CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: Congressional Hearings
"This month Paul Jenks provides an inside view of the most visible and widely recognized function of Congress: the hearing, for which he identifies three distinctive types: informational hearings, oversight or investigative hearings, and confirmation hearing."
New Research Guides from Heafey's Librarians!
April 10, 2006 at 4:50 PM
Heafey has completed three new research guides, which are designed to help patrons with research in international and foreign and comparative law:
You can find print copies of these research guides on the first floor of the library, and all of Heafey’s research guides are always available in electronic form on Heafey’s ClaraNet page.
3L Epiphany's Taxonomy of Legal Blogs
March 30, 2006 at 1:30 PM
One of the most frustrating things about Internet resources -- at least for librarians -- is that they are not neatly cataloged like the items in a library. Sure, Google has the "similar pages" function on its search results page, but it’s never yielded anything that’s relevant to my research topic when I’ve used it. Most of the time, I focus on trying to find frequently-updated meta-pages about different legal research topics (for those of you wondering, a meta-page is a Web page that compiles links to lots of different Internet resources on a particular topic. See the library’s Internet Resources pages for examples of meta-pages). I’ve just found an excellent legal blog meta-page, compiled by Ian Best, the author of 3L Epiphany. Ian has created an extremely useful taxonomy of legal blogs, which categorizes blogs according to jurisdictional focus, author/publisher, legal specialty, and a bunch of other categories. There’s even a collection of other blawg meta-pages!
Recommended Internet Links for Summer Interns
March 24, 2006 at 1:25 PM
Ellen Platt and I recently did a presentation for first-year students on research strategies for summer jobs. We prepared a del.icio.us page of essential California and federal legal research websites. The selected resources focus on California and federal primary law Internet sources, including cases, statutes, and regulations. We’ve also included links to California and federal court forms, rules, and jury instructions. We’ll post the entire presentation outline here in a few days, but we thought we’d share the del.icio.us page today so that students have time to explore the links.
Two New Research Guides from Heafey Law Library
March 22, 2006 at 3:05 PM
Heafey Law Library has just released two new research guides. The first guide, European Union Research, provides information about EU legal research. You’ll find links to EU documents, EU Internet resources, and other research guides on EU law. The second guide, Tax Research, describes Heafey’s federal tax research resources and also provides information about accessing tax information on CCH, Lexis, and Westlaw. We hope you find these guides useful! If you have ideas for future research guides, please let us know by commenting on Heafey Headnotes or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary of Supreme Court's 2005-2006 Term
March 09, 2006 at 9:45 AM
Thomson West and the staff of ALR have published an online summary of the Supreme Court’s activities during the first half of the 2005-2006 term. This summary is particularly handy because it includes citations to related ALR annotations.
Adam Sandler and Legal Writing
March 08, 2006 at 1:05 PM
Occasionally, attorneys submit a motion or a brief that is so badly written or poorly researched that the judge decides to scold them for their horrible research or writing skills in a written opinion. I like to collect examples of these public reprimands for my legal research class, so that students can see that one of the negative consequences of inadequate legal research is the possibility that your incompetence will be forever memorialized in a court opinion for the whole world to see. Of course, the goal of avoiding potential harm to your clients is a far more worthy reason to hone your legal research skills than the threat of ridicule from a judge. But the threat of public humiliation seems to work as a motivator, too, so I like to highlight a few of these opinions for students whenever I can. That’s why I was pleased to discover this great quotation from a February 21 order penned by Judge Leif Clark of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas (thanks to Out of the Jungle for featuring the quote). Judge Clark wrote, "[t]he court cannot determine the substance, if any, of the Defendant’s legal argument, nor can the court even ascertain the relief that the Defendant is requesting." As if this comment wasn’t enough, Judge Clark went on to quote a character from an Adam Sandler film, "Billy Madison," in a footnote: "At no point in your rambling, incoherent response was there anything that could even be considered a rational thought." Ouch. If you’d like to find out more about these judicial tongue-lashings, read Mary Whisner’s excellent article on this topic, "When Judges Scold Lawyers."
New and Improved FirstGov
January 26, 2006 at 12:55 PM
The Pocket Part
January 20, 2006 at 10:35 AM
Yale has devised an interesting approach to encouraging online discussion of the articles that appear in The Yale Law Journal. The journal has introduced The Pocket Part, an "online companion to The Yale Law Journal." The Pocket Part features shorter versions of articles from the journal, along with responses and commentary from policymakers and legal scholars. The most recent issue features lively commentary about law and politics in judicial confirmation hearings from Randy Barnett, Erwin Chemerinksy, Robert Post, Reva Siegel, and Laurence Tribe. You can also read Samuel Alito’s law review note from 1974 and post a comment about it, if you’re so inclined.
Tracking Down Think Tank Publications
January 12, 2006 at 11:15 AM
As legal scholarship becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, researchers often need to find reports or other materials published by public policy research institutes or "think tanks." Of course, legal researchers must keep in mind that most think tanks have a distinct political philosophy and agenda. Not surprisingly, materials published by partisan think tanks tend to support the think tanks’ agenda. Nevertheless, they can be useful resources for legal scholars who are exploring the intersection of law and public policy. Here are several websites that furnish links to think tanks in the United States and abroad:
- Harvard University’s Kennedy School Library also furnishes an impressive alphabetical list of links to think tanks located in the United States and abroad.
- The University of Michigan’s "Political Science Resources: Think Tanks" maintains links to a large number of individual think tank websites.
- Project Vote Smart’s page also features links to individual think tanks.
- Foreign Affairs Online has compiled an alphabetical listing of domestic and foreign policy think tanks.
Congressional Research Service Reports
January 05, 2006 at 3:15 PM
Lexis and Westlaw User Guides
December 15, 2005 at 11:15 AM
Most first-year law students get all kinds of Lexis and Westlaw handouts during their first semester of law school, then promptly lose most of them. Fortunately, both Lexis and Westlaw have placed most of their user guides on their websites, so there's no need to keep track of paper copies. Click here for Westlaw's user guides and here for Lexis user guides.
Research Tip of the Day
December 14, 2005 at 5:20 PM
Like most librarians, I have a few "top 10" research guides that I recommend to patrons. Today, I’m featuring one of my favorite guides on researching California legislative history by UC Hastings’ Susan Nevelow Mart. The guide gives researchers an intuitive, step-by-step introduction to the mysteries of California legislative history research and identifies all of the key materials that you’ll need. --Posted by Amy Wright
Resources for Law Review Cite-Checks
November 30, 2005 at 7:45 PM
Cite-checks for law review can be terribly tedious, but Heafey’s reference librarians have a few tips for making the process easier:
- First, if you’re pulling your hair out trying to find your sources, ask one of the reference librarians for help. We are happy to help you track down hard-to-find materials.
- If you’re a new cite-checker and it’s been awhile since you’ve encountered an online library catalog, review our online OSCAR tutorial before you begin looking for sources. The tutorial has both basic and advanced OSCAR search tips that will save you lots of searching frustration!
- HeinOnline is a great resource for cite-checkers. This database contains exact page images of law reviews and journals, U.S. Reports, the Federal Register, and other primary and secondary legal sources. When we demonstrate HeinOnline at the reference desk, students often exclaim, "We can’t use electronic resources for cite-checking!" But because there’s absolutely no difference between looking at a PDF version of a law review volume and the actual print volume, law review editors should not object to using HeinOnline to check article citations. For this reason, Heafey’s staff will not pull a print volume from remote storage if the volume is available electronically in PDF on HeinOnline.
- LINK+ is another useful resource for cite-checking. LINK+ is essentially a pooled catalog of books available from participating academic and public libraries in California and Nevada. If you encounter a nonperiodical source that is not available at SCU, you may request the material through LINK+. There is no charge to patrons for this service, and you usually receive your material within 3-5 business days. Two key things to remember about LINK+: 1) you must first confirm that the book that you need is not available at SCU in order to obtain the material from LINK+; and 2) Heafey Law Library patrons will need to pick up LINK+ materials at the Orradre Circulation Desk.