Saturday, August 21, 2010

There is a new search engine out there that promises to find "everything about your subject for the past two weeks." offers a super-simple search interface, and a listing of new, original, and unspammed internet material from exactly 14 days back from the time of your search. The default for results is five days, extendable by the searcher. This is not a search meant to find authoritative results or even the most popular general summary of a topic, such as a Wikipedia article, but only the most recent original internet material on your subject.

Of course, relevancy depends upon what the searcher views as relevant. While may be ideal for marketers looking for topics and words with the heaviest current internet traffic, it could also be a quick way to see a wide variety of views on a current "hot topic" in the news media, or helpful postings about something time-sensitive in its relevancy, like "new law students" at this time of the year. Much more about, including a comparison with Google's new advanced search limit-by-date feature, can be found in an article by Avi Rappoport, published this week at Information Today.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, August 20, 2010


So much for cat naps!! I will now be prowling the Library - along with some of you all night long. In other words, the Library has heard your requests and you can now access the Library 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

You must have your Hofstra ID to enter the 24/7 access door once the main doors are locked for the night. Also, in order to best ensure everyone's safety, you will be asked to leave at closing time and then you can swipe back in , should you wish to remain.

And if you do see me with my eyes closed - I am NOT NAPPING!!! I am meditating on Life, the Universe and Everything.

Have a great weekend - and make sure to go home and get some sleep!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sports Law: Laws Governing Agents Seldom Enforced

Or so claims this article, which states that there appears to be little enforcement of laws designed to keep agents out of collegiate athletics. The article makes timely reading as the sports seasons begin to overlap in earnest.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

McKinney's Practice Commentaries

We previously blogged about the ease of using the McKinney's Practice Commentary for criminal law research, however there are valuable Practice Commentaries throughout the entire set of McKinney's statutes. If you are researching New York law and you know where a relevant statute should be in McKinney's, you often just have to open up that volume of statutes to find a very helpful Practice Commentary that explains, in English, how the statutes in that volume are interpreted.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Library of Congress Acquires Twitter Archive

"Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress." Click here to read more about the Library of Congress' acquisition of Twitter's archive.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tumblr: the next big thing?

Tumblr has been called a cross between twitter and Facebook. You can share anything and customize everything. If you haven't come across it yet, this New York Time's article provides an overview of what it is and how it is being used.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat