Saturday, March 21, 2009

Stem Cell Resources

When the topic is stem cell research, the place to start for background information, federal policy, bioethics and other topical papers, research programs, and related internet links is the Stem Cell Information web site, the official stem cell resource of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The site also provides links to key federal policy documents, such as President Obama's recent executive order changing the way the NIH can support and conduct stem cell research, and related speeches, guidelines, Congressional bills and testimony. This portal to key information may take a few minutes to load, but is worth the wait.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Last chance to attend Top 10 Research Workshops

The Top 10 Research Skills Workshops will be repeated next week. The schedule is copied below. If you are unable to attend some of the workshops, they will be available as podcasts on the Law Library's web site. The handouts are available on TWEN. Sign up for the course - Top 10 Research Skills Library Workshops.

Monday, March 23, 3:10-4pm in Room 243 Kevin Shelton will present "Civics 101: What Every New Lawyer Should Know, But Doesn't"
Learn the difference between statutes and regulations and get the basic background you will need for all legal research.

Tuesday, March 24, 4:10-5pm in Room 243 Yasmin Alexander will present
"Location, Location, Location: Where to find Cases, Statutes and Regulations"
Learn the best way to research cases, and where to find statutes and regulations.

Wednesday, March 25, 11:10am-noon in Room 205 Toni Aiello will present "Where do I start? Getting Background with Secondary Sources."
Learn how to find and effectively use Secondary Sources.

• Thursday, March 26, 11:10am-noon in Room 243 David Dames and Tricia Kasting will present "Putting it all Together"
Learn how to formulate a research strategy based on your assignment, your time limits, and the resources you have available--when to use what.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Ten Most Endangered Newspapers In The U.S.

Many of you may have heard already that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer daily newspaper has moved to online-only status. For an interesting overview of the state of print newspapers in the digital age, see this recent Time magazine article.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Women's History Month at the Library of Congress

Learn more about Women's History Month at the Library of Congress. This year's theme is "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" and it honors the contributions of women in the "going green" movement. You can read about the 2009 Honorees here.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Subject Compilations of State Laws

is now available on HeinOnline! accessed from the Law Library's homepage. The subject compilations reference articles, documents and other sources that compare state laws on hundreds of subjects. You can search the database or browse by subject. Links to the articles and documents that are available in other Hein libraries. It is updated.

This is a wonderful starting point when you are asked to conduct a 50 state survey. Check it out and discover you own uses for this resource.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Should Radio Stations Pay to Play?

This week, the House Judiciary Committee will consider H.R. 848. The bill would require AM and FM radio stations to pay royalties to songwriters when their material is played on the radio.

In a related bill, S. 379 requires fair compensation to artists for use of their sound recordings by satellite, Internet and cable stations.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts

RULAC is a new project by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. It attempts to provide links to many relevant documents on international humanitarian law and how that law is interpreted by different countries. Each country has its own page, including a list treaties adhered to, interpretations of international humanitarian law, and information on the country's current conflicts and peace-keeping operations.

This could be a good resource for anyone writing a paper on a current conflict.

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