Friday, August 02, 2013

Your Money

Congrats to those who have just finished the Bar Exam

Unless you are independently wealthy, whether you look forward to earning your first post Law School paycheck or are returning to Law School to finish your degree, you will need to learn how to manage your finances.  

One great source of information  is the Your Money section of the N.Y. Times.  You will find links to information on student and auto loans, as well as articles on topics ranging from financial planning for those of us not independently wealthy, online contracts we all agree to without reading and, one of my favorites - the Haggler - a columnist with a sense of humor who helps aggrieved consumers.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Unusual U.S. Government Publications, Part Nine: Archaeology With Coffee Cans

From the Hills Bros. Coffee Can Chronology Field Guide, published by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (Fairbanks, Alaska):

Archaeologists use various relative and absolute dating techniques to refine the chronology of the sites they research. One artifact that is especially helpful on many 20th century western United States historic sites is the Hills Bros. coffee can. Hills Bros., established in San Francisco, California in 1878, produced the first vacuum-packed coffee available on the market. Through time, the lithographic images and information on Hills Bros. cans changed in subtle yet distinctive ways, which were first discussed and illustrated in T. Carroll Wilson’s A Background Story of Hills Bros. Coffee (1967). This field guide further refines the chronological attributes identified in these cans’ lithographic panels. We decided the easiest way to provide this data [sic] was to produce images of the entire lithography of each unique can type produced between 1900 and 1963. This time period spans from the first year that a Hills Bros. coffee tin can was produced to an arbitrarily selected end date associated with numerous technological changes in the cans’ manufacture.”

Read more here (opens PDF) about this novel archaeological technique.

This is the last post in our Summer series on unusual U.S. Government publications. We hope that you have enjoyed the series.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Deep Web 2013

"The Deep Web covers somewhere in the vicinity of 1 trillion plus pages of information located through the world wide web in various files and formats that the current search engines on the Internet either cannot find or have difficulty accessing. The current search engines find hundreds of billions of pages at the present time of this writing." Click here to read more by Marcus P. Zillman.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, July 29, 2013

Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

This is the week for state bar exams.  You have studied and worked hard to reach this point and are as prepared as you can be.  Now take a deep breathe and release it slowly.  Do this again.  We are keeping you in our thoughts and wish you the best.

After the exam, we hope you take some time off to relax and unwind.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Research Resources: Computer Technology Law Report (BNA)

If you are interested in a semi-monthly publication that provides legal developments in liability and insurance coverage issues relating to computers, try the Computer Technology Law Report. The report also offers coverage of computer technology issues on the federal, state and international levels.  Dates of coverage are from May 5, 2000 to the present.
To access the Computer Technology Law Report (BNA):

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

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat