Saturday, May 06, 2006

Weather Bonk

Exams will soon be over, and it will be time to get away. An ideal summer companion is Weather Bonk, a Web site loaded with useful and fun features for viewing real time weather, traffic and related information on a map. Weather Bonk combines data and views from home and school weather stations, major services such as the National Weather Service and WeatherBug, satellite and radar. Entering any city, state, zip code, country or airport will bring up a map with color coded icons for temperatures, web cam locations, and forecasts. With Weather Bonk, users can click on a map location to get a pinpoint forecast from the Weather Channel. They can click on any location with a web cam, such as a Long Island middle school or a London intersection, to bring up a real time view of weather and/or traffic conditions. Just moving the mouse over specific map locations shows the current temperature and wind speed. The “Historical” tab makes it easy to select a month and year since January 2004 and instantly produce a map indicating average high and low temperatures and precipitation at various locations. Check out Weather Bonk before you start your trip to anywhere.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 05, 2006

Reference help

If you are finishing up a paper and need some last minute research assistance, you will find the Reference Librarians' schedule at the Reference Librarians' Hours link listed in the Links section, just under the Archives links on the right side of this page.


Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Legal Research Checklist For Associates (And Others)

Soon, many of you shall be departing for your Summer associateships or permanent positions. As you are aware, your legal research skills are an important component of your success in the legal profession. It can be difficult, however, to scan systematically and efficiently all the sources that your particular problem may require.

To help with this obstacle, Harvard's Law Library has compiled a very useful research checklist. The resources given at the left of the list will help to remind you of the various possible sources for your research. The source list itself covers secondary sources, primary sources (case law, statutes, and regulations), among others, as well as a reminder to check various internal resources that your law firm may have. If you print the checklist, then you will also be able to take brief notes and to check off each source as you have consulted it, thus helping you to keep track of what you have and have not covered.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Speaking of Roads

You say yesterday's posting was great, but what about information on local roads? Well, glad you asked. gives information about roads in the tri-state area. Every so often, I like to look at the Unbuilt Roads on Long Island section. For example, did you know there was once talk of extending I91 from Connecticut, over the Sound, and onto Long Island?

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Interstate Highway System is Celebrating 50 Years

You can drive from coast to coast and north to south thanks to the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System. The Department of Transportation has created a site to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this system. History, quotes, myths, pictures and more are presented. It is a fun place to browse and learn a little about a transportation system that binds us all together.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, May 01, 2006

Study Rooms

The 038 study rooms will not be available from 5/4 - 5/17 during the hours of 7 am - 11:30 pm due to registrar usage. Therefore, there will be a shortage of study rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope that you will seek out alternative areas to work.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, April 30, 2006

How Blogs are Transforming Legal Scholarship

Should there be any lingering doubt as to whether the advent of blogs are changing legal education, scholarship and the practice of law, please check out the symposium which was conducted last week at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

The conference papers are available via the Social Science Research Network, which has set up a special page for these materials. A webcast is also available.

This was the first (and I am sure not the last) scholarly conference discussing the impact of blogs on the legal world!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat