Friday, October 20, 2006

Taxing Issues

For any of you who were interested but were unable to attend the Tax Research workshop in the Library's 21st Century workshop series, you can pick up the handout from the handout rack by the Reference desk.

Among the highlights: the BNA Tax Portfolios database*, the Westlaw Tax tab, the Lexis Research Task for Tax and RIA Checkpoint database*. Useful for help on filling out your own tax returns are the Publications put out by the IRS, available at .

*available from the Library's Research Databases web page.

For questions on any of these, see your favorite Reference Librarian.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 19, 2006

State Statute Legislative Histories

Compiling state legislative histories is a notoriously difficult process, because states vary greatly in the legislative history materials that they make available. If, however, you need information about how to find the legislative history of a state statute, then Indiana University's Web page devoted to state legislative history research guides on the Web will be of great value. Included are links to various online research guides that will help you to find legislative history materials for almost all fifty states, including New York.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

FBI Hate Crimes Report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its latest annual report on hate crimes in the United States yesterday. Hate Crime Statistics 2005 and a brief summary are available on the FBI web site. The report breaks down hate crimes by category of crime, such as assaults and property crimes, and by jurisdiction, type of victim and type of location. It analyses offenses by bias motivation, including racial, religious, sexual-orientation, ethnicity/nationality and disability. Compiled from information about the 8,380 offenses reported by police agencies across the country last year, the report is an important source for anyone interested in criminal law or public policy.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

21st Century Library Workshop: Paper Writing

Plan Ahead! Nearly 2 weeks until our next workshop so this is really advance notice.

Paper Writing: Are you still searching for a topic for a paper this semester? If you already have chosen a topic, would you like some help gathering resources? If so, please attend the library's upcoming workshop exploring databases we have available both in the law school and via Axinn, the university's main library. There are many high quality resources available to you which you may not know about!! This workshop will introduce you to many of them, as well as touch upon the many "law and"-type resources available through Lexis and Westlaw.

When: Tues., Oct. 31st11:10 to 12 noon; and
Thurs., Nov. 2nd5:10 to 6:00 pm

Where: Lower Level Computer Lab. All law students are welcome.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 16, 2006

Legal Momentum: Advancing Women's Rights

Originally founded as the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, Legal Momentum "advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy". Information on numerous topics can be found on their website, including: Reproductive rights, Violence against women, Immigrant women, Employment rights, and many more.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Fall 2006 Law Library Survey

In order to assess and improve library services, we request your input on various library features and services at The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will run from today (October 16th) through midnight on Friday, October 27th. We hope that your responses will help us better respond to your library needs.

The names of those who participate will be entered into a raffle for an iPod shuffle.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 1st at 9 a.m. on this blog.

Please note: We are using an online survey instrument called Survey Monkey, and you do need to enter your name at the end in order to be entered into the raffle. When presented with the survey results, we will see all of the names in just one long listing, which will be printed and cut up for the raffle. In other words, we will not link your name with your responses. There is a mechanism to make the correlation, though, and I do want to disclose that up-front. We have no interest in nor will we use that mechanism, but for those of you concerned about absolute anonymity, there is a paper option at the circulation desk. Please read and follow the instructions.

Also note, you may not enter more than once. Those who submit names more than once will be automatically disqualified from the drawing. Only current Hofstra law students are eligible for the raffle.

Summaries of various survey questions or suggestions will be posted on the blog throughout the week of October 30th, along with any library responses.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat