Saturday, November 03, 2007


Even a Virtual Library Cat knows it's getting colder. Stress and flu season for law students is almost here. This is a good time to bookmark Intelihealth, the ad-free quality website for health information. Aetna, in partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, provides a great one-stop authoritative medical site with a full array of health topics, today's health news, commentaries by Harvard Medical School experts, a searchable drug resource center, a medical dictionary, and quick links to recalls, safety alerts, and consumer information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Established for over ten years and better than ever, this site is a keeper.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, November 02, 2007

Instant reference gratification

For the Hofstra Law community ONLY . . .

Did you know that I will connect you with a reference librarian via IM, when there is a reference librarian on duty? (For the Reference Librarians' hours, see the Links on this page.) You can ask your reference questions from anywhere on the planet (where you have internet access) and get an immediate response.

Contact your favorite reference librarian or send me your email via a comment for the IM name. This service is for the Hofstra Law community only, so we must authenticate you first.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

bepress Legal Repository

Looking for another resource to locate articles and papers? Try bepress Legal Repository . You can locate law-related materials using simple or advanced search options and download content. Not sure what you are looking for, or where to begin? You can also browse bepress by subject, recent publications, popular papers, or peer-reviewed articles.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

U.S. Government Info on the Web: A 21st Century Library Workshop

If you missed it Monday, you can still attend this workshop on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 3:10 to 4:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Computer Lab.

Why should you be interested in government information? Well, some of the information that can be found on government websites include pending bills, regulations, statistics, studies, reports, and demographics. Government websites are invaluable resources in so many disciplines. Come and get an overview of what can be found and how to find it.

No need to register, just show up!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 29, 2007

Open CRS

A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Open CRS collects reports created by the Congressional Research Service and makes them available in PDF format. The web site employs an easy to use search box and full-text search capabilities. The collection is updated frequently as members of the public are encouraged to acquire CRS reports and add them to the collection.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Zimmerman's Research Guide

Have you ever wondered what website a reference librarian went to first to answer your question? Often, it's Zimmerman's. Zimmerman's Research Guide has short entries that describe the top resources on many subjects. It includes many links and lists the appropriate Lexis and Westlaw databases. It's easy to see why many librarians use this self-described "online encyclopedia for legal researchers."

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat