Friday, September 25, 2015

Print Not Dead

Yes, I am a Virtual Cat, but I still love curling up with (or on) a good print book.  No need to worry about the blue light keeping me awake.  Thankfully, according to the NY Times, print books are having a resurgence in popularity.  Check out:

The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead

(photo from A J Mast for the NY Times)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Copyright Clearance For The Lyrics To “Happy Birthday”???

Believe it or not, the lyrics of the childhood staple “Happy Birthday” song have been the source of copyright litigation. Read more about a recent judicial decision on this issue here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ProQuest Scholarly Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

"The full text of its scholarly content – including journals and working papers – is now indexed in Google Scholar, enabling Google Scholar users to seamlessly discover and access their library’s ProQuest collections.This allows Google Scholar users to view abstracts of ProQuest's materials for free in their Google Scholar results and then to access the full-text of ProQuest's materials for free, if their public library has a subscription to ProQuest."

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

10 Misconceptions About the Constitution--and a Test

One of the best items to be posted in honor of Constitution Day 2015 (September 17) was an ABA Journal news article, "10 Misconceptions About the Constitution."  If you think you know a lot about the drafting and significance of the U.S. Constitution, think again. This compendium of interesting and surprising Constitution facts was compiled by Robert J. McWhirter, author of the recently published book, Bills, Quills, and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights. (Yes, we have a copy in the Law Library.)  Even if you were aware of some of these lesser-known facts, you'll find the Constitution Quiz at the end of the article to be quite a challenge. Take a break from studying and give it a try.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, September 21, 2015

How well do you google?

You can get better results from Google is you use search operators. 

When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results.

When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes.

site: Get results from certain sites or domains.

There are more.

The Infographic:  Get More Out of Google also has more tips and examples so you too may perform a "well-executed search" on Google.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Updated HeinOnline Comprehensive User’s Guide

HeinOnline recently updated their interface with a new organized page and look.  As such, Hein is offering an updated Comprehensive User's Guide. This guide provides the basics of how to navigate through the interface, how to search from the home page and within collections.  It also provides guidance on using the various tools available in HeinOnline.  To learn more about the changes and to access the guide, click here.

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