Friday, April 30, 2010

Underutilized tool

As you finish up your papers for the semester, we are getting some questions on finding some background on some interesting topics. Sometimes full text searching for law review articles just pulls up far too many irrelevant articles. If that is the case, or if you have a very current issue, remember to use a legal periodicals index. My particular favorite is Index to Legal Periodicals-Wilson, available under Article Finding off of the Library's Online Resources page.

Another index that is just as good is LegalTrac - also under Article Finding.

Happy hunting and good luck on exams!!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Recession Leads Large Law Firms to Examine Regional Growth

This article, which examines factors that are driving law firms’ expansion in the current economy, might be of interest to those who are looking strategically at their future employment plans.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Google search tricks

It seems almost all of us use Google on a regular basis, but do we know everything it can do for us? This New York Times article lists 10 simple Google search tricks that can help you save time.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Immigration reform and unauthorized immigrants are in the news these days. It is a complex issue and it helps to have information on the scope of the problem. Fortunately, the Department of Homeland Security gathers and compiles statistics on who enters the United States. A recent report estimates that the number of unauthorized immigrants decreased between 2008 and 2009. This report and more can be found at DHS | Immigration Statistics. Investigate for yourself!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, April 26, 2010

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) is an agency of the United Nations established to assist Member States with issues concerning illicit drugs and international crime. UNODC’s online legislation legal library provides full text of drug control laws and regulations adopted by countries in support of international drug control treaties. It includes legislation adopted since 1948.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Don't Write Like This

Lowering the Bar has posted a 538-word order by the U.S. Court of International Trade which was ALL ONE SENTENCE. Law students, do not do this on your upcoming exams.

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