Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sage Journals Online

Do you have a paper course this semester?  Writing a Note?  Don't overlook a great new source of online journal articles available to all Hofstra students--Sage Journals Online.  Multidisciplinary and strong in the sciences and social sciences, Sage Journals cover many law-related disciplines, such as health law and criminal justice.  Its 34 criminal justice titles, for example, include journals focused on juvenile justice, domestic violence, child and elder mistreatment, and discrimination issues from U.S. and international perspectives.

To access and search the Sage journals, just go to the Hofstra University Libraries page, click the "Research Databases" tab, and click to "browse the full A-Z list".  You will be prompted to log in to the Hofstra portal. Sage Online Journals is listed first under the "S" titles.   

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Friday, October 11, 2013

"Laws" of Physics

O.k., I know I am stretching the law theme here, but cool is cool.  Check out Einstein Papers Project where you can see for yourself the writings of the man who figured out the "law" of the time/space continuum.  Other sources for Einstein's writings are Einstein Archives Online, a publicly accessible database with digitized manuscripts and Albert Einstein Archives, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's holdings of Einstein’s original papers.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Note to Users—Library of Congress Sites Back Online

From the Library of Congress: “Ahead of the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library alerted patrons that Library websites, except the legislative information sites and, would be inaccessible in the event of a shutdown.

The Library has restored access to all sites in addition to our legislative information sites. Other legislative branch agencies, and many executive branch agencies with information functions similar to the Library, are granting public access as well.”

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

CRS Reports: History of the Debt Limit

A new CRS report by Andrew Austin and Mindy R. LevitIf  discusses the history and increases of the debt limit and explain "the mechanisms available to raise the debt ceiling." "A companion report is Votes on Measures to Adjust the Statutory Debt Limit, 1978 to Present by Justin Murray (February 15, 2013, RL41814). 

Hat tip Law Librarians Blog

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Keep In Touch With The Viber App

Viber is a text messaging and phone app that lets you use a wifi connection or your phone's 3G/4G connection to communicate with others.  If the person you are calling or texting has Viber, the phone calls and texts are free.  You can also send text messages and keep in touch without a phone connection, which is especially helpful when traveling abroad. All you need is a wifi connection.

"Viber works on most Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia and Bada devices. Viber is also available for Mac and Windows." Read more about Viber here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 07, 2013

Constitute: The World's Constitutions to Read, Search and Compare

Constitute allows you to interact with the world’s constitutions in a few different ways.
  • Quickly find relevant passages. The Comparative Constitutions Project has tagged passages of each constitution with a topic — e.g., “right to privacy” or “equality regardless of gender” — so you can quickly find relevant excerpts on a particular subject, no matter how they are worded. You can browse the 300+ topics in the expandable drawer on the left of the page, or see suggested topics while typing in the search bar (which also lets you perform free-text queries).
  • Filter searches. Want to view results for a specific region or time period? You can limit your search by country or by date using the buttons under the search bar.
  • Save for further analysis. To download or print excerpts from multiple constitutions, click the “pin” button next to each expanded passage you want to save. You can then view and download your pinned excerpts in the drawer on the right.
We don't know how frequently this site will be updated or who does the translations and they somehow don't have Canada's constitution.  However, once developed the ability to browse issues that cut across constitutions.

Hat Tip to Simon Fodon at SLAW. 
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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Online Research Resources: Corporate Governance Library (BNA)

If you are interested in corporate governance portfolios, corporate compliance manual, financial reporting portfolios, then take a look at BNA's Corporate Governance Library. The Library also provides corporate governance news, practice tools, case law, federal/state laws, regulations and more.

To access the Corporate Governance Library  (BNA):

  • Click the "Online Resources Subject List" link
  • Then, click "Tax and Estate Planning" link
  • Scroll down to "Corporate Governance Library (BNA)"