Saturday, October 09, 2010

New Library Website Tour

Do you need some guidance on where to find articles, how to use the online catalog, or how to locate past exams? Could you use a quick refresher on finding resources for term papers or how to use Journal Finder or WorldCat? That's easy--just take the guided webcast tour of the Library's website. In the new Fall 2010 website tour, a reference librarian walks you through the resources and features of the redesigned Law Library main page and how to use some of the most popular databases for law school research. You can go directly to the website tour from the "Online Library Website Tour" link in the Instruction section of the main page. Before beginning the webcast, be sure to increase the volume so that you can hear the tour clearly. If you have more questions or want to dig deeper into any of the resources, just ask for help at the Reference Desk.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, October 08, 2010

Research web tutorials

Many of you are in the middle of researching for your papers. If you need a research refresher, check out our Research Instruction Webcasts off of the Library's homepage. You will find a link to a Paper Writing web cast - which will show you useful databases and techniques for your research. Other topic specific web casts are also available.

You will also find a Lexis and Westlaw web tutorial for a refresher on Lexis and Westlaw basics. As always, let us know what you think and if you have suggestions for web tutorials you would like to see.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Supreme Court Pinch-Hitters?

What do you think about the idea of having substitute Supreme Court justices during instances of recusals? Cornell Law School professor Michael C. Dorf discusses the issue here.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Blawgs: Still Around, Still Useful

Perennial legal technology commentator Robert Ambrogi had a recent article in Law Technology News declaring that, although the universe of legal commentary and analysis is full of abandoned or useless legal blogs (or "blawgs"), there are also a number of excellent legal blogs out there, and, like it or not, legal blogs have become a very important source for legal news and analysis.

See our older post on how to use blawgs for research. One link we neglected to add there was the academic legal blawg search from Cornell Law Library's Legal Research Engine.

To keep track of blogs, use an RSS reader.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Innocence Project and Winston & Strawn LLP launched, an online-line searchable database of the court records and other data of the cases of those who have been wrongfully convicted and later exonerated through DNA evidence.

Because of the sensitive nature of the material in the database, users are required to register before gaining access to much of the material in the database, and an application process is required to view some of the material.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 04, 2010

Email & litigation

While most of you probably text rather than use email, in business and law email is still used for communication. This article "5 Tips to Keep Loose E-mails from Sinking Litigation" is a good reminder to take care with the content of your emails especially work email. Just slow down and don't be the one to make a goof with your communication.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat