Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How Lawyers Use Evernote

Are you already using Evernote, but wonder how colleagues are using it?  Or are you new to productivity apps and want to gauge how you might use Evernote in your clerkship or legal job?

Legalproductivity.com has a blog post with real world stories of lawyers and Evernote here. See how lawyers are using a mobile app, Evernote, to streamline their productivity and consider the ways you can begin to take advantage of the convenience of your mobile device or add to your productivity.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CALI Lessons for Finals

Finals are almost here, and most students are heavy into outlines, study guides, and past exams. But don't forget CALI (the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) which has interactive computer-based lessons keyed to typical IL and upper level law school courses. Check out the CALI welcome page, where you can search for “Lessons” by topic, casebook, subject outline, new lessons and more. You will need to register online with a password the first time that you use CALI lessons. Contact or visit the Law Library Reference Desk to obtain this password from a reference librarian.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hours next week

For those who want to rest in between feasting next week here are the Library access hours.  Please note that there will be times when there is no swipe access.

Wednesday, November 26 -  8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday, November 26  - 6:00 P.M. – MIDNIGHT (Swipe Access only)
Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving) CLOSED (No Swipe Access)
Friday, November 28 SWIPE ACCESS ONLY - resumes at  8:00 A.M.
Saturday & Sunday, November 29-30  -  10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Safe travels to your Turkey day celebrations.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This Day In The Law: Justice Department Brings Antitrust Action Against AT&T

On November 20, 1974, the Department of Justice filed its final antitrust suit against AT&T, signaling the end of the “Bell system”. United States v. AT&T was ultimately settled out of court, under an agreement that the corporation would split and thereby end its monopoly on telephone service throughout the United States.

Source: Jurist


Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mobile Law Dictionaries A-Z

Now it is easy to have all the legal language you need at your fingertips with mobile law dictionaries! But, as the app world grows and more choices are available out there, it can be difficult to know which is the best for you.

Thanks to lawtechnologynews.com, you can get some guidance in choosing the best mobile law dictionary for you here. Available for Android, Apple and other platforms, legal definitions are now just a button away.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, November 17, 2014

Google Trends

Google Trends visualizes the popularity of search terms across time.  The front page will inform you what searches are trending at the time of your visit.  It is a Google search function so you can look for the trend over time of your interest.  Once you have done the initial search, a number of menu options appear.  You can make comparisons across time or regions.

To learn more, check out the Google Trends Help Center.

Hat Tip to Online Searcher

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How Americans View Privacy: New Report

This week the Pew Research Center published a fascinating report, "Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era."  The Center's Internet Project commissioned a representative online panel of 607 adults to take four surveys over the course of a year.  The findings of this report are based on results from the first survey, conducted in January 2014, and reflect Americans' views of how secure they feel various channels of communication are for sharing private information. According to a recent BBC News article by Jane Wakefield based on comments from report author Mary Madden, a Pew Internet Project senior researcher, "the next survey, due next month, will look specifically at attitudes to how information is stored and secured and the following one will focus on behavioural changes in the post-Snowden world."

Read the report, and engage with the profiles and views of survey participants via this interactive created by the Internet Project.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, November 14, 2014

Google tricks

does so much more than just search the web.  Try a few of these Google tricks 


  • use Google as a timer
  • play zerg rush or Atari Breakout
  • get movie times, translations, conversions to/from metric, currency conversions
  • narrow your web search to a particular site - a really useful research tool, btw

For more, check out 20 Awesome Things Google Can Do from {Life}Buzz

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This Day In The Law: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Bus Segregation Laws

On November 13, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court (352 U.S. 903 [1956]) affirmed a lower court’s ruling in Browder v. Gayle (opens PDF) that Alabama’s racial segregation laws were unconstitutional.

Read a brief summary of the context here.


Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Research Resources: Guide to Law Online

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat