Friday, October 14, 2011

Cool reminder tool

Need help remembering to do daily tasks? Could you use a reminder to stretch, exercise, drink more (your choice of beverage ;) ), work on your paper, whatever . . .?

Sign up for a free account at for a text reminder for whatever you need reminding. You can also ask questions requiring answers and askmeevery will track your answers and give you the data. To sign up - enter your question and cell number and then text back a password.

Financial health warning: Not for those with limited texting plans!
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Affirmative Action In The Legal News

California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent decision to veto legislation that would overturn a passed ballot proposition prohibiting affirmative action is much in the news, but there has been quite a bit of judicial and other activity on this front, as well. For a brief overview, see here.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Research Resources: Current Index to Legal Periodicals

Current Index to Legal Periodicals is prepared on a weekly basis by law librarians and staff of the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington. This publication provides topical access to up to approximately 600 law reviews and other selected legal journals under 100 subject headings. In addition, CILP provides full tables of contents of all journals indexed.

To access Current Index to Legal Periodicals:

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Then, click "Article Finding"
  • Scroll down and click the "Current Index to Legal Periodicals" link
Dates of coverage are from 1999 to present.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday in October. Christopher Columbus landed in the new world on Oct. 12, 1492. Educated Europeans knew that the world is round, but they did not know the North and South American continents or the Pacific ocean. Columbus expected to sail around the world and reach China or India. He was seeking a shorter trade route to the Asian countries since at the time it was necessary to sail around the Horn of Africa to reach the east.

Columbus Day is controversial. In the 19th century the celebration was rejected because of association with Catholicism and in the 20th because of the impact the arrival of the Europeans had on the native population. For further information check out Columbus Day -
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Sunday, October 09, 2011

New HeinOnline Enhancement: US Congressional Documents Collection

The HeinOnline US Congressional Documents Collection has recently been reorganized to make searching easier and more efficient. This extensive collection contains the complete Congressional Record Bound version, Annals of Congress, Register of Debates, Congressional Globe and other important congressional material. The new browse options allows users to search sections separately and includes searching All Titles, Rules & Precedents, Debates of Congress, Other Works Related to Congress, and more. To learn more about the new enhancements click here. To access HeinOnline click here.
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