Saturday, January 12, 2008

Enhanced InSITE for Spring Semester

Are you facing a new class where the subject is totally unfamiliar and maybe a bit daunting? Two of my favorite services (see posts of February 4 and 13, 2007) from Cornell University Law Library have just been enhanced to help you out. First, get acquainted fast with some of the best websites for an area of law by searching InSITE, the legal site current awareness service. InSITE's redesigned home page now features a quick search for relevant websites, along with a quick full-text search of all 1,000-plus law-related sites ever selected for the service, through the latest issue. Then try Cornell's Legal Research Engine to find authoritative research guides, academic legal blogs with faculty and expert commentary, or the best of the legal web for your subject or research topic--or now, all three at once! InSITE and Legal Research Engine are great places to find new and reliable resources for an unfamiliar legal area-- and both are now better than ever.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, January 11, 2008

Regular Hours resume Monday

I hope you all had a great break - and come back relaxed and refreshed. I for one enjoyed many a long (and short) catnap.

On Monday, the Library will resume regular hours and I will return to my prowling schedule as set forth below. Check out the link on the side for the Reference Librarians' hours.

REGULAR HOURS - Monday, January 14 - Thursday, April 24
Sunday 10:00 A.M. - Midnight
Monday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. - Midnight
Friday 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Monday, January 21 (MLK Day) 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Monday, February 18 (Presidents’ Day) 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Free Rice--Vocabulary Builder For World Hunger

Would you like to improve your general vocabulary and, at the same time, help to erode the problem of world hunger? Then play FreeRice. For each word you match with its correct synonym, Free Rice donates twenty grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

It works this way. The online game quickly assesses your vocabulary level, and then it offers words to be matched with their correct synonyms at that level. The more words you match correctly, the more rice grains you donate. Also, the more words you match correctly, the greater your increase in vocabulary level, and the more difficult and esoteric the word choices become. With fifty vocabulary levels to fathom, everyone should find FreeRice a fun and challenging way to increase his or her vocabulary, while simultaneously ameliorating of the problem of world hunger.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

1L Advice from Out of the Jungle

Your first semester in law school is over; here is some good advice for 1Ls from the Out of the Jungle blog: Spring Semester Blues — Treating 1-Ls right.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Young & Well Connected use Libraries More

A recent study by the Pew Center and UIUC (Univ. of IL at Urbana-Champaign) found that people 18 to 30 years old were the age group most likely to have recently used a library. From the site:

The survey results challenge the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. Libraries drew visits by more than half of Americans (53%) in the past year for all kinds of purposes, not just the problems mentioned in this survey. And it was the young adults in tech-loving Generation Y (age 18-30) who led the pack. Compared to their elders, Gen Y members were the most likely to use libraries for problem-solving information and in general patronage for any purpose.

Seldom miss an opportunity to give a plug for library use :-) Check out the full report at the site.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat