Friday, September 29, 2006


For those taking drafting classes, there are great Forms resources, both print and online, in addition to Lexis and Westlaw. Online, try FindForms and Findlaw Forms . In print, my all time favorite set is Current Legal Forms by Rabkin and Johnson. This set is on Reserve. Also, do not forget McKinney's forms.

Happy drafting.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Treaty Status On Thomas

An excellent free resource for researching the status of recent treaties is the page devoted to this subject at the Library of Congress's Web page, Thomas. On this page, in particular, one will find searchable databases for treaty status by Congress, treaty number, word and phrase, type of treaty, and the date that the treaty was transmitted to the Senate. Complete treaty status coverage begins with the 94th Congress (1975-76), although some older treaties are included, as well.

(Note: This page also offers search capabilities for treaty texts, but these are links to GPO Access).

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Law Professor Blogs

Law Professor Blogs ( is a network of freely accessible blogs edited by and for law professors, but worth a look by law students as well. Each blog focuses on an area of law, such as contracts, criminal law, family law, immigration, or science and law. All are edited by one or more leading legal scholars and teachers representing law schools from across the United States. The blogs offer useful links to related resources and to organization web sites, as well as daily news of interest to faculty and scholars in the field, with discussion of important new cases and leading issues.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

21st Century Library Workshop: Health Law Research Online

Next Week!

Health Law Research Online: An Introduction: This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of researching health law online. Participants will learn how to find the major federal statutes and regulations pertinent to health law, how to research federal health agencies, and how to find such relevant secondary sources as medical journal articles, medical dictionaries, and newsletters.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 3rd11:10 to 12 noon; and

Thursday, Oct. 5th5:10 to 6 pm

Where: Lower Level Computer Law

All law students are welcome.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, September 25, 2006

First Years - Lexis/Westlaw maximization

For those taking Legal Writing this semester, maximize your research effectiveness (and minimize time wasted) by attending Lexis/Westlaw training. There is so much available on these two systems, but using them effectively does require some skill.

Training will be provided by the Librarians over the next three weeks, starting today. Sign up at the Circulation desk for your preferred time. Make sure to bring your customized IDs to training.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, September 24, 2006 Integrates content

A partnership between the and allows online readers to get more information about any word in an article by pressing the "alt" key while clicking on that word. A new window opens that provides either a dictionary or encyclopedia entry about the term. analyzes adjacent words for context to find the appropriate search result to return. For example, different results would be returned for "apple" if the reference is to Apple the company rather than apple the fruit.

I am already a big fan of, and find this to be an elegant, unobstrusive application.
Please take a look and let me know what you think!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat