Saturday, December 04, 2010

Heavenly Escapes

Yes, you can escape to a galaxy far, far away, where law school exams are not the center of the universe. Take a few minutes to relax and be inspired by the breathtaking space photos at two of my favorite web sites. The National Space Science Data Photo Gallery features views of the planets, galaxies and comets, all collected from NASA space missions. And for a fresh perspective on our planet and human endeavors, browse through some of the best photos of the Earth taken from the Space Shuttle. These "Human Imprints from Space," including a night view of New York City and Long Island, are provided by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, a scientific forum and research institute that supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and shares their explorations with the world.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, December 03, 2010

Study Location Strategies

Our Library's design is rather convoluted, having evolved over time, but it presents you with some excellent studying alternatives. For example, for those of you who like it as quiet as possible, go to the Lower Level stacks area. There are no offices, restrooms or other potential noise generators. Of course, if you like a bit of background noise, try the Talking Areas.

As always, if you have any concerns about noise or other issues, you can contact the Reference Librarian via IM from wherever you are sitting during Reference Hours and he/she will try to resolve it. Remember to tell the Reference Librarian where the problem is. Since our IM service is just for Law Students, ask the Reference Librarian for our IM address.

Best of luck with your studying and exams.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, December 02, 2010

EU Launches Antitrust Probe Into Google

According to this Associated Press story, European Union regulators are looking into “whether Google Inc. has been manipulating its search results to stifle competition, funnel more traffic to its own services and protect its global stranglehold of the online search market”.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Helpful Tips During Exam Period

Knowing where to find helpful study guides, the archived exam, and study room policies may prove helpful when preparing for final exams.

Click here to access helpful study guides. Most current study guides are located in our Reserve collection and can be charged out for three hour periods.

To access the Exam Archive:

Go to Hofstra Law School Library home page
In the middle column under "Resources," click “Exam Archive.”
You will be prompted to log in to the Hofstra University Portal using your Novell Username and Password.
Click on “OK”
Click the professor’s folder to access the exams.

Library Study Rooms:

Click here to access the Library’s study room policy.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, November 29, 2010

Law school clinics and academic freedom

The current issue of Academe Online ("Kneecapping" Academic Freedom) highlights increasing attacks on law school clinics. Clinics are an important opportunity for students to receive hands on legal experience, but clinics may be challenged when they represent clients opposed to corporate or legislative interests. The AAUP has a brief time-line of publicized challenges to law school clinics here.

Hat tip to Law Librarian blog for the story.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat