Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cambridge Journals Online

It's paper writing time, and many of you will soon be looking for some great scholarly articles on legal and interdisciplinary topics. Don't overlook Cambridge Journals Online, a multidisciplinary collection of articles from 236 authoritative journals in political science, law, history, economics, and the sciences. Cambridge Journals Online is also strong in health policy and the behavioral sciences, and is useful for many areas where science and law intersect, such as the use of DNA evidence in criminal law. It has a helpful "advanced search" function and provides full-text articles in PDF. You can link to Cambridge Journals Online directly from the "Online Resources" list on the Law Library's web site. For off-campus access, you will be directed to the MyHofstra portal where you will need to use your network login.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't forget Research Guides

For those of you doing any kind of research (1Ls - memos for Legal Writing, 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls - papers and notes), make sure to check out our online Research Guides . Some of these are pdfs of handouts, others are web-based research guides. The topics range from Recommended Treatises and to Forms for drafting, Tax, Family and International Law research.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Health Care Law Begins To Take Effect

The nation’s new health care law is now six months old, the date at which it becomes operative and begins to deliver its promised benefits and protections. Read a brief but informative FAQ on the law here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gmail Chat

Students, were you aware that you can ask reference questions via Gmail Chat (or Gchat, Google Chat, or whatever else you might call it)?

You can. However, since this service is only available to the Hofstra Law School community, you will have to call or visit the library to get the library's contact information for Gmail Chat. (Or MSN, Yahoo!, AIM, etc. if you use one of those.)

Update: Because of the software we use, we will sometimes appear as offline or idle until you contact us. We can reply to your questions whenever there is a librarian at the reference desk (i.e. 9-9 Monday-Thursday, 9-5 Friday, 10-6 Saturday, and 12-8 Sunday).

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Belated Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

September 19th was International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

The Law Library of Congress has digitized its collection of pre-1923 piracy trials. This historical collection of piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900. Click here to read the Library of Congress' collection, matey.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, September 20, 2010

Google Instant

Recently released "Google Instant" shows results as you type. You can see search results as you type and adapt search terms as needed. To access just click on search settings, scroll down screen and select for google instant and save your preferences.

Still too new to determine how useful it is, but Google Instant is worth a look.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat