Friday, January 31, 2014

Video Research Guides

Did you know the Library's web site has links to online research tutorials?  We have just added some new webcasts on ethics, tax and municipal law research.  Scroll down to  find additional webcasts on a variety of research topics.

Watch the webcasts page -  in the next couple of months as we will be adding more.  As always, suggestions for video research guide topics are most welcome.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jurist World Legal News Page

For a quick overview of legal news from around the world, keep Jurist’s World Legal News page in mind. The page offers headlines and introductions to the latest in world legal developments, with links to the full stories.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Research Strategy: Research Life-Line Workshop Series

Discover how to develop a research strategy with smart ways to tackle tough questions at  the first of the Library's Research Life-Line Workshop Series.

Date:  Wed. Feb. 5
Time:  12:10-1p
Where:  Room 014

Lunch and surprise gifts for all attendees.
Please R.S.V.P. at

See complete schedule of Research Life-Line Workshop series, for details on future workshops.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Online Versions of New Zealand and Australian Legislation are Authoritative

LOC's  Kelly Buchanan recently posted: "effective January 6, 2014, the PDF version of all legislation enacted since 2008, and the PDF of the latest version of the majority of prior legislation, which is published on the New Zealand Legislation website is now considered to be an official version.  This means that, in accordance with the Legislation Act 2012, all courts must now take judicial notice of the online version (or a printout of the PDF) of an act or legislative instrument without requiring further proof of its accuracy, unless the contrary is shown.  The requirements for the official electronic version of legislation (as well as printed versions) were set out in the Legislation (Official Versions) Regulations 2013 and include that the front page must contain the New Zealand Coat of Arms."

Click here to read more of her post concerning this exciting development!

Hat tip In Custodia Legis Blog for Library of Congress

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, January 27, 2014

Star Trek and Law Practice

This is an amusing post on Conflicts Check:  All I Need to Know About Being A Lawyer I Learned From Star Trek:  An Open Letter to New Attorneys.

Be aware that the author refers to Star Trek the Original Series although there are passing comments to what comes after. 

Don't agree with everything said, but it is a different perspective.

If you ever have time - hah - search for law journal articles discussing the law in the Star Trek Universe.  Yes, there are scholarly articles on this topic. 

Hat Tip to Futurelawyer.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Research Resources: Life Sciences Law & Industry Report (BNA)

If you are interested in a bi-weekly publication that provides life sciences industry regulation, policy and law, take a look at BNA's Life Sciences Law & Industry Report.  The Report also contains coverage of federal/ state and major international legislation as well as standards concerning the life sciences industry.   Dates of coverage are from March 16, 2007 to the present.

To access the Life Sciences Law & Industry Report  (BNA):

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Health Law/Medicine" link
  • Scroll down to "Life Sciences Law & Industry Report (BNA)"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat