Friday, October 05, 2012

Old News

Check out the Internet Archive's TV News collection of broadcasts.  At this site you can watch 365,000 news programs from a range of networks going back to 2009.  There is also a search function that will search the transcript text for your keywords.

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Wrongful Arrest For Wearing Too Many Electronic Gadgets?

A man in Georgia was recently arrested for wearing too many electronic devices on his person, which led to suspicions of terrorist activity. According to his attorney, the devices included a mobile phone, an MP3 player, and a GPS unit. Read more (and see his outfit) here.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Fact Checking the First Presidential Debate

Tonight is the first debate between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.  If you are curious about a claim made by either candidate, perhaps one of the fact checkers below will have weighed-in on the issue., PolitiFact and the Washington Post's Fact Checker blog each will have their fact-checking for the whole debate.  PolitiFact has separate pages for each claim, which are linked to individually.

Recently, the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a discussion on the role of journalism in fact checking and holding politicians and political groups accountable. Click here to learn more.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Keeping Dropbox Confidential

As more and more lawyers are cloud computing and taking their work with them wherever they go, the cloud application Dropbox is gaining a wide following in the legal field.  Dropbox works with many apps for lawyers, such as Trialpad and Transcriptpad, both built for the iPad.  But, Dropbox is not itself a secure program, because the Dropbox employees can access your folders for customer service, etc. 

The way around this?  Have a secure, encrypted folder nested within your other Dropbox folders.  One way to create such a folder is with Secretsync.  Whether you are about to be a practicing attorney or just starting the law school experience, keeping confidential files confidential is something that is priority one.  Give it a try now!

Get more information about Dropbox and Secretsync and keep it privileged.
This tip came from Tom Mighell, author of iPad in One Hour for Lawyers.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 01, 2012

Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources: An Annotated Link Compilation

This new guide by research guru Marcus P. Zillman focuses on the latest and most significant academic and scholar search engines and sources. With the addition of new and pertinent information continually released online from every sector, it is very easy to experience information overload. A real asset in responding to the challenges of so much data is to apply techniques to identify and locate significant, reliable academic and scholarly information that resides in both the visible and invisible web. The following selected academic and scholar search engines and sources offer a wide range of actionable information retrieval and extraction sources to help you accomplish your research goals.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Research Resources: Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (BNA)

If you are interested in a weekly publication that provides comprehensive news of the most important intellectual property cases, statutes, trends, take a look at BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal. The Journal provides coverage of legislation, regulations, litigation, industry news, and selected international developments in intellectual property law and more. 

To access the  Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal  (BNA):
  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"     
  • Click the "Intellectual Property Law" link     
  • Scroll down to "Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (BNA)"

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