Friday, December 21, 2007


As you all finish up with exams, I look forward to some well earned cat naps. The Library will close at 10pm tonight (Fri., 12/21) and not reopen until Jan. 2, so I will finally get some rest.

I will be back on the prowl bright and early at 8am on Wed. , Jan. 2.

The Library's intersession schedule is as follows:
Jan. 2 - Sun. Jan 13
Sun. noon - 8pm
Mon. - Thurs 8am - 8pm
Fri. 8am - 6pm
Sat. 10am - 6pm

Get some rest, enjoy the holidays and have a very happy New Year!!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Google Patent

Google has now extended its tentacles into the area of patent research. Google Patent allows patent researchers to search the entire collection of patents made available by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Dates of coverage extend from patents issued during the 1790s to those issued by the middle of 2006.

Google Patent does not currently include patent applications, international patents, or U.S. patents issued during the past few months, but it anticipates expanding its coverage sometime in the future.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Remote Access to IM Archive

Do you wish you could access your IM remotely? Well, Josh Lowensohn discusses two new options from IM History and Simkl that will allow you to search and read your IM archive remotely.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lawcrossing for your job search

From the site: LawCrossing offers the largest collection of active legal jobs in the world. We continuously monitor the hiring needs of more than 750,000 legal employers, including virtually every law firm, corporation, government office, and public interest organization in the United States. We do not charge employers to post their jobs, and we aggressively contact and investigate thousands of employers each day to learn of new positions.

Launched in July 2003, LawCrossing is a brainchild of CEO A. Harrison Barnes, who also founded the hugely successful parent company of LawCrossing, Juriscape, in 2000. The very popular JD2B is another website published by the Company. You do have to register but it appears to be worth it.

Thanks to Law Librarian Blog for the heads up on this site.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center is non-profit organization that provides analysis and information on capital punishment. The web site is filled with useful resources such as reports, press releases, news stories, an execution database, and state-by-state information. It is a great starting point for all aspects of capital punishment research.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Mitchell Report

Are you looking for something to ease the post-finals transition from reading outlines to reading the newspaper? AskSam has posted a free searchable version of The Mitchell Report on steroids in baseball, which is somewhere between reading a contracts outline and reading the sports page.

Also, although cell phone use is not permitted in the library, in light of In re Restaino, we no longer arrest or detain offenders. (Of course, we never did.)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat