Friday, May 23, 2008

Memorial Day weekend

Just a reminder for this holiday weekend. There will be no reference librarian here on Saturday and the Library is closed on Monday. We will be open bright and early on Tuesday morning at 8am. As always, you will find the Library's hours on our web site or pick up a bookmark. For our Reference librarians' schedule check out the link to the right.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Legal Limericks—A New Study Aid?

Do you Bar examination candidates need some catchy rhymed verse to help you to remember certain elusive case holdings or legal doctrines? Then why not visit the Legal Limericks page at the ContractsProf Blog? Here is an example:

Parker v. 20th Century Fox

The studio's conduct was terrible,
And the actress's damage repairable
Only with a lead part
In a great work of art:
A film that is at least comparable.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Municipal Codes Online

In this day and age, many municipal codes can be found on the internet. A good place to look first is E-Codes: Municipal Codes on the Internet. E-Codes contains hundreds of municipal codes from over twenty states. Coverage of municipalities in New Jersey and New York is particularly good; it contains the codes for over forty towns and villages in Nassau County alone.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Immigration and Assimilation in the U.S.

A recent study by the Manhattan Institute introduces a quantitative index that measures the degree of similarity between native- and foreign-born adults in the United States. These included civic factors, such as rates of U.S. citizenship and service in the military; economic factors, such as earnings and rates of homeownership; and cultural factors, such as English ability and degree of intermarriage with U.S. citizens. The higher the number on a 100-point index, the more an immigrant resembled a U.S. citizen.

The report Measuring Immigration Assimilation in the U.S. is found here.

Since the New York City metropolitan area is a target destination for immigrants it is interesting to see a report on the diversity in immigrant populations and how they fare in the U.S.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, May 18, 2008


The UN produces lots of statistics on a wide variety of subjects, but they have not always been easy to find on the internet because this data is collected by many specialized agencies and sub-organizations and because it has often been presented in hard-to-use interfaces. But it looks like that's changing with the new UNdata site, which attempts to consolidate all of those statistics on a single, easy-to-use website.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat