Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tracking Labor and the Economy

With the current state of the economy, here's a reminder about the best official source of U.S. economic and labor market statistics. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, has a user-friendly site that provides law students and attorneys with data for everything from class assignments and research papers to business decisions and career planning. This is a good time to become familiar with the wealth of information at, including current and comparative statistics on employment, layoffs, pay and benefits, inflation, unions, consumer spending, and occupational categories. Not to be overlooked are the month-to-month federal, state, and metropolitan area "Economy at a Glance" tables and the up-to-date articles and news releases on key economic topics.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, January 30, 2009

111th Congress

The 111th Congress has begun its work. If you want to keep up with the documents produced, including the latest laws signed by the President, there are two web sites to check. First, the one I mentioned yesterday, GPO Access , will have Congressional bills, Reports and other Congressional documents. GPO Access is also a great source for Presidential and Executive branch documents as well.

For really up-to-date legislative actions, make sure to check Thomas from the Library of Congress. You will find the text of the latest Public Laws, and records of actions on current bills, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 now being debated in Congress.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daily Compilation Of Presidential Documents

Effective with the change in presidential administrations on January 20, 2009, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents has been replaced by the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents. The Daily Compilation includes such documents as executive orders, presidential proclamations, speeches, and press conferences. It is available via GPO Access.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Policy for Library Fines Begins February 1

To better serve the Hofstra Law School Community, there will be a change in the Library's fine and borrowing policies. Effective February 1, 2009, borrowing privileges may be revoked once a patron has accumulated at least $25 in unpaid fines. Remember to return borrowed materials in a timely manner to avoid the accumulation of fines and your ability to check out additional materials.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Paper Writing Resources workshop

Are you writing a paper this semester? If you are we have the workshop for you "Paper Writing Resources". You want effective and efficient research so that you can spend more time writing your paper. This workshop will give you some research tips and point out sources both legal and multi-discipline so you can find what you need quickly.

The workshop will be held twice:

1. Monday, February 2nd, 5:10 to 6:00 PM in room 038N
2. Thursday, February 5th, 4:10 to 5:00 PM in room 038N

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year! 2009 is the year of the Ox.
Take a break and and learn some Cantonese new year's greetings. One nice one is "hohk yihp jeun bouh"--wishing you progress in your studies.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 25, 2009

U.S. Code on HeinOnline

You can now access and download PDF images of the United States Code on HeinOnline! This should relieve many law journal members of carrying 30-40 pounds of books back and forth between the library and their offices a few times each year. (It may not immediately improve life for anyone else.)

To access Hein, click here, or click on the HeinOnline link on our library's homepage.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat