Saturday, September 13, 2014

Trade Secrets Law

For those interested in intellectual property law, especially the national and international world of trade secrets, a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report, Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation, provides an expert, objective summary of the subject.  It covers topics from the historical development of trade secrets law to the current landscape of federal, state, and international law in this area, and trade secrets legislation in the current Congress. This is a good place to start for students researching or writing on the subject.

To keep up with current developments in trade secrets law, including new case decisions and legislation, the resources in BNA's Intellectual Property Resource Center, especially Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily, Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, and World Intellectual Property Report are some of the best available.  You can link to the BNA Intellectual Property Resource Center through the Law Library web site's Online Resources Subject List, or search the Intellectual Property BNA resources on Bloomberg Law from the "BNA Titles" page.     

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Research Guide(ance)

In addition to our webcast video tutorials on research (see Sunday's post), we also have online research guides on a wide variety of topics.  So, for example, you can find a guide to help you research for writing a paper, journals you now have your own dedicated guide and 1Ls, that ever useful 1L Law Library Survival Guide.

Check out the list of all of our guides.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Asked To Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

A recent Jurist article details the requests by Indiana and Wisconsin that the Supreme Court hear same-sex marriage cases and determine its legality in all fifty states. Read it here.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finding Docket Information Removed from PACER

"The UNC Law Library has published a blog post to help people seeking information formerly available on PACER, but now removed, to understand the process for obtaining removed information.  Thanks to the hard work of Law Library Graduate Assistant, Kate Dickson, and Reference Librarian, Jonathan Rountree, the blog post details procedures for requesting removed information we obtained from the various clerks of court for the courts affected by the removal as well as information about material still available on commercial databases like Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg.  The blog post is available at

Additionally, the GRO and the GRC continue to gather comments from our members regarding the effect the PACER removal is having on them for feedback to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and other government entities. Please feel free to share your stories to the GRC and the GRO."

Hat tip
Leslie A. Street
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 


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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

New Lexis Advance Interface

Have you seen the new Lexis Advance interface that debuted Monday, September 8th?  More streamlined than the previous interface, there are significant differences between the old and new research interfaces.

Lexis still has free printing, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with their research database.  To navigate the changes smoothly, check out the following tutorials:

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Monday, September 08, 2014

ECOLEX: the most comprehensive, global source of information on environmental law

ECOLEX is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. Its purpose is to build capacity worldwide by providing the most comprehensive possible global source of information on environmental law. This resource, which combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO, IUCN and UNEP, seeks to put this information at the disposal of users world-wide, in an easily accessible service, employing modern technology. The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided.

Hat Tip to AALL Legal Website of the Month archive.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Need a Refresher? Check out our Webcasts!

The new semester generally has several workshops and orientations that all students must attend.  Did you recently attend one and need a quick refresher on what you learned?  Then take a look at the Library's webcasts page here.  Any research workshop or session conducted by the Library is recorded and provided on the site for all students to access.  The handouts that were given out at the session along with any other presentation materials are linked as well.  In addition, we have a number of research tips and tutorial videos that can help you with your other research needs. 

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