Saturday, January 12, 2013


Taking a seminar or paper course this semester?  Writing a law journal Note?  Your legal topic is likely to involve some aspect of a public policy issue, such as health care, the environment, immigration, education, consumer protection, human or civil rights, crime and safety, or judicial reform.

Many excellent studies, statistical reports, white papers, and other documents on policy issues are published by nonprofit research and advocacy groups, including foundations and institutes.  Thanks to a recent merger of online resources, more than 12,500 of these free, full-text PDF documents are now available at IssueLab, a service of the Foundation Center, an authoritative source of information on American private philanthropy.

IssueLab is not only keyword searchable, but browseable by issue areas, authors, and organizations.  It's a good place to start locating sources on a wide range of law-related issues and causes.  

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, January 11, 2013

Remembering passwords

How many times have you had to click on those "forgot password" links on web sites where you do business, check accounts, do legal research?

With LastPass, you need to remember only one password.  LastPass is a fantastic, free, well-respected for security tool for keeping track of the passwords required for web sites.  LastPass is also quite easy to install and use.  You can use LastPass on your laptop/desktop for free.  For a $12 annual fee you can access your LastPass database on your cell phone and tablet.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Law School Academic Support Blog

A member of the Law Professor Blogs Network, the Law School Academic Support Blog offers advice for students about various aspects of studying law.

It is not the most prolific or frequently updated of blogs, but it is worth a visit for the articles about outlining and study habits, which are especially germane to the start of a new semester.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Register for Spring 2013 1L Lexis/Westlaw Training

1L Students are now able to register online for Lexis and Westlaw training sessions at and  Look for the "Training" link on Westlaw and the "Training Calendar" link on Lexis to access the registration page for Hofstra Law.

These training sessions are meant to coordinate with the 1L's Legal Analysis Writing and Research II coursework.  Reserve your time now, as space in the training lab is limited.

Lexis Legal Analysis Writing and Research II  training weeks:*

Mon, 1/14 – 10a-12p, 12p-2-p
Wed 1/16 –12p-2p
Thurs 1/17 – 12p-2p, 2p-6p
Fri 1/18 - 12p-4p
Thurs 1/24 – 12p-2p, 2p-6p
Fri 1/25 - 12p-4p
Mon 2/4 – 10a-12p, 12p-2-p
Wed 2/6 –12p-2p
Thurs 2/7 – 12p-2p, 2p-6p
Fri 2/8 - 12p-4p
Wed 2/20 – 12p-2p

Westlaw Legal Analysis Writing and Research II  training weeks:*

Mon 1/28 – 10a-12p, 12p-2-p
Wed 1/30 –12p-2p
Thurs 1/31 – 12p-2p, 2p-6p
Fri 2/1 - 12p-4p
Mon 2/11 – 10a-12p, 12p-2-p
Wed 2/13 –12p-2p
Thurs 2/14 – 12p-2p, 2p-6p
Fri 2/15 - 12p-4p
Thurs 2/21 – 10a-12p, 12p-2-p (Mon schedule)
Fri 2/22 - 12p-4p

(*see the training calendar on your Lexis and Westlaw homepage for the most up to date days/times of available 1L training)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, January 07, 2013

Tech Circuit: Legal Communities Predictions for 2013

The Technology News polled the legal community asking, "What do you predict will be the most unexpected legal technology development or trend in 2013, and why?"

An interesting overview of the legal technology issues practitioners across the United States view as important and why.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Research Resources: Media Law Reporter (BNA)

BNA’s Media Law Reporter provides federal and state judicial decisions on media law. Decisions are provided from all court levels and coverage is from 1977 to the present.  The media law decisions range in areas of privacy, defamation, copyright, media ownership, broadcast regulations and more.

To access Media Law Reporter (BNA):

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Then, click "Intellectual Property Law" link
  • Scroll down, click the "Media Law Reporter (BNA)" link

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat