Saturday, October 20, 2007

Legal Research on Sex Offender Laws

A major topic of interest in criminal law and procedure is the sentencing of sex offenders and the management of their return to the community. Law students beginning research on federal or state sex offender legislation and related issues might be wise to begin with "Criminal Justice Resources: Sex Offender Laws," a new research guide posted on This guide focuses on recent developments in federal law, with some analysis of state and local developments. News and statistical sources, along with key government, academic, and professional organization resources on prosecution, risk assessment, civil commitment, and other issues are included. For surveys of state laws and regulations on sex offender registration, try Westlaw's "50 State Surveys," where they are located under Statutes: Criminal Laws and Regulations: Criminal Procedure.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, October 19, 2007

Improved Online Resources

Whether you purr alphabetically or by subject, you can now easily use either method when finding Law Library Online Resources . On every Online Resources page, you will now find links at the top allowing you to switch back and forth between the Subject list (the default) and the Alphabetical list .

This is part of an on-going project to make the Library's website easier to use and more useful. If you have any ideas, please let me know and I will pass them along.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Online Intellectual Property Resources

For those who seek a comprehensive online resource for materials relating to intellectual property law, the Franklin Pierce Law Center offers the IP Mall. The IP Mall is a Web site that contains a unique collection of Pierce Law Center- hosted intellectual property resources and links to valuable IP resources (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, and technology transfer) worldwide.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes Legislative Library

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) is an agency of the United Nations established to assist Member States with issues concerning illicit drugs and international crime. UNODC’s online legislation legal library provides full text of drug control laws and regulations adopted by countries in support of international drug control treaties. It includes legislation adopted since 1948.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Health Law Online: A 21st Century Library Workshop

If you missed it on Monday, you can still attend onThursday.

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: Thursday, Oct. 18th - 5:10 to 6 pm

Where: Lower Level Computer Lab

No need to sign up! Just show up!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 15, 2007

Legal Ethics and the Use of Technology is a blog dedicated to ethical issues associated with the use of technology by lawyers and legal professionals. With topics ranging from lawyer blogging to e-discovery to online advertising, is a good resource for learning about the many facets of this burgeoning area of law.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blawg Directory

ABA Journal offers a good Blawg Directory, organized by topic, jurisdiction, school, and author type (e.g. Judge or Anonymous). Whatever your area of interest, this directory probably lists a blawg for you.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat