Friday, December 08, 2006

Blawg Searching

Want to search just legal blogs (a.k.a. "blawgs") ? Try Justia Blawg Search which provides the ever popular search box and a Blawg directory by subject and jurisdiction. You can also find Justia's ranking of the Most Popular blawgs .

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Animal Law

As the holiday season continues alongside the stress of examinations, let us not forget goodwill to our four-legged friends (including yours truly). Those who are interested in animal law will find the Animal Legal & Historical Web Center from the Michigan State University College of Law to be of value. There are, at present, over 700 full-text cases (U.S., historical, and U.K.) and 975 U.S. statutes available on the site. There are also more than thirty-eight topics that offer the searcher information regarding some of the more interesting issues in the animal area. In addition, one will find numerous legal articles that address a wide variety of animal law topics.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Words of Wisdom from the Blogosphere

Now that you have Ernster’s advice on being in great condition to face those exams, you might gain some momentum from a just-posted compendium of helpful tips from law professors, students and experts on confronting exam questions. Brought to you by CALI’s Pre-Law Blog, the “Law School Exam Advice Post” lets you focus quickly on what concerns you—issue spotting, essays, multiple choice questions, what not to do on law school exams, and more—and link directly to the source. And don’t overlook CALI lessons in the study process. These computer-based review lessons keyed to typical law school courses and texts are available online from the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. For more about using CALI lessons, check out our post of November 26, 2005, or ask a reference librarian.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

More exam week suggestions

Create a schedule and pace yourself. Most of your time will be spent studying but breaks are needed.

Go for a walk or do your preferred exercise. Just remind yourself how much better one usually feels after a good workout. Helps to clear the mind and re-energize the body.

Eat properly. You will be better off eating balanced meals than relying on caffeine, sugar and nicotine (for those who smoke) to see you through exams. On the other hand, now is not the time to give up cigarettes if you do smoke. Give them up after exams.

Get a good nights rest before exams. Cramming will not do any good if you are so tired and the brain foggy.

OK, you already know all of this, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded.

Good luck with exams!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, December 04, 2006

study break

Long hours sitting and studying can be rough on your bod. Take a break with these pilates moves which can be done at your desk.

1. Spine Twist
Cross arms in front of chest, hands resting on opposite shoulder. Inhale, legnthen the spine. Exhale, rotate to the left keeping shoulders down and arms in front of chest. Inhale, Exhale to deepen the twist. On the next exhale return to center. Repeat on the right. 4-6 reps.

2. Single Leg Stretch
Inhale, legnthen the spine. Exhale, lift your right knee, place your left hand on your shin, right hand to your ankle. Bring your knee into your chest, and your forehead to your knee. Keep your elbows folded in and your shoulders down. Inhale, and on your next exhale, release to starting position. Repeat to the other side, 6-8 reps each leg.

You are now relaxed and refreshed! Please stop by the reference desk if there is anything else we can do to ease your mind!
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat