Saturday, March 19, 2011

New York Times To Charge for Web Access

You may have known it was coming, but this week the New York Times officially announced the details of its digital subscription plans going into effect March 28, and just how much web-based access to Times articles will remain free for U.S. readers without home delivery subscriptions. Whether you access content via computer or a mobile device, access will be variously limited (for example, by the number of full-text articles per calendar month you can read) without a subscription. Explanations and details of the new digital subscriber plans are available here, in a letter from the publisher, and here.

Of course, for Hofstra law students, full-text New York Times articles will continue to be available in Lexis and Westlaw, and in a number of Axinn Library databases. For assistance with access to New York Times content, ask at the Reference Desk.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, March 18, 2011

What Employers Want You to Know

Next workshop in our Top 10 Research Skills series - Hear it from the people who know . . .

Get research tips and find out what employers really expect from the inside – law firm and corporate librarians will give you the inside perspective with great tips on how to succeed on Monday, March 21, 12:10-1:30pm in Room 242.

Pizza will be served.

Here is a full schedule for all 5 workshops . No need to sign up.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Open Records Law Still Difficult To Use?

So say certain witnesses who are testifying before the Congress regarding the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. They claim that the law “remains an unwieldy and inefficient tool for obtaining government records despite President Barack Obama's promise to reinvigorate the law and improve his administration's transparency”. Read more here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NY Chief Judge Seeks Mandatory E-Filing

As part of a budget proposal announced last week that includes large cuts for New York's courts, Chief Judge Lippman also announced a proposal to make electronic filing of court documents mandatory throughout New York.

For researchers, this is good news, as electronically filed court documents tend to be made available online.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Online Resources: Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report

If you are looking for federal, state, and international coverage of competition and deceptive trade practices law, check out BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report. The Report provides access to significant judicial, legislative, administrative, and enforcement actions from Washington, DC, the states, and around the world.

To access the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report:

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Commercial and Corporate Law" link
  • Scroll down to "Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report (BNA)"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunshine Week

Sunshine week is an annual initiative to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

Check out the website and learn how you can participate.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, March 13, 2011

LexisNexis to Introduce Lexis Advance for Associates

Lexis and Westlaw have released several new legal research tools over the last year targeted toward law students and practitioners. The latest comes from LexisNexis, who recently announced they are releasing a new tool titled Lexis Advance for Associates later this year. This new tool is designed for individuals who primarily conduct online legal research including law firm associates, judicial clerks, as well as corporate and government staff attorneys. Some key features include filter controls to find relevant legal search results, work folders to store and access saved materials, and an open web style search window. To learn more about Lexis Advance for Associates click here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat