Saturday, January 19, 2008

Martin Luther King: A Legal Legacy

Focusing on the impact and contributions of Martin Luther King and his movement to American law, two librarians from the University of Chicago Law School created a wonderful resource guide. "The Legal Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Selected Resources" includes books, videos, and online articles (many available in Hofstra libraries and databases), as well as primary documents and key web sites with a wealth of information and material on the subject. For law school research papers or personal interest, this guide is a great place to start.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, January 18, 2008

Martin Luther King Day

Although there are no classes on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day, the Law Library will be open 10am - 6pm and both Reference and Circulation services will be available during those times.

I, of course, will be prowling to make sure all is in order.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 17, 2008


As a follow-up to Monday's post, here is another valuable Animal Law resource:

According to its Web site, "provides access to legislation and legal matters pertaining to the rights and welfare of animals". Presented by the International Institute for Animal Law, serves as "a clearinghouse for animal-related legal information, from pending legislation through relevant case law digests". The site includes searchable pages containing statutory law, model laws, and case law.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Manage Your Library Transactions Using "My Library Account" - Renew Items Online

You just got home and remembered that you forgot to renew your library book. Don't worry. Renew it online from home with MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT. MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT provides access to your library patron record and allows you to see what materials you have checked out and renew them online.

Have you run the same or similar catalog search numerous times? Well, MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT also allows you to save “preferred searches” and re-run them at a later date.


  • Go to Hofstra Law School Library Main Page
  • In the left-hand margin click “Catalog”
  • At the top of the catalog search screen click “MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT”
  • You will be prompted to authenticate using your name and “700” number
  • Click on “Submit"
Remember to logout.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Six Techniques to Get More from the Web than Google Will Tell You

An article from provides some interesting techniques on using the web for research.

1. Use Search Engines and Wikipedia to Find Quality Research Sources
2. Search Blogs for Specialized Experts Who Sift Through the Web for You
3. Study Business School Websites
4. Find Statistical Data on Government Sources
5. Research Trade Groups and Online Publications for Current Topics, Best Practices
6. Visit the Library for More Research Sources and Online Data"

More information on how to use these techniques are in the article. Check it out.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, January 14, 2008

The National Center for Animal Law

If you are interested in animal law, take a look at the National Center for Animal law's website.
The site offers an abundance of information about animals and the law, a career center, a list of animal law courses, and much, much more. Find out more about your feline (and canine, equine, etc.) friends!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 13, 2008

IDRC and South Pacific Clerkships

The International Data Resource Center (IDRC) offers searching and browsing of 1,200 datasets from the University of Michigan's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. This database should definitely be considered when looking for foreign or international statistics.

Also, the National Law Journal has a short article on clerkships where attorneys where Hawaiian shirts to court, which is a nice thought in mid-January.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat