Friday, October 02, 2015


Today the Hofstra Law library blog moves to a new space with a new look and new voices.  With sincere appreciation and apologies to T.S. Eliot, I say my farewell . . .

You've read many posts from this Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand my character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
You've seen me both at work and games,
And learnt about my napping aims,
My habits and my habitat:
So now

Tis’ time to wish farewell to this Cat.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Constitutional Protections For Mobile Phone Pass Codes?

A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled last week that the Fifth Amendment protects the right of insider trading suspects to withhold the pass codes to their business cellular phones. Read more here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New CRS Report: Dark Web

You have probably heard of the Deep Web, but how much do you know about the Dark Web?  Discover more about the dark web in Kristin Finklea's CRS Report entitled - you've guessed it - Dark Web.

 "This report illuminates information on the various layers of the Internet, with a particular focus on the Dark Web. It discusses both legitimate and illicit uses of the Dark Web, including how the government may rely upon it. Throughout, the report raises issues that policy makers may consider as they explore means to curb malicious activity online."

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Guides for Legal Research & Technology

Looking for focused research guides and articles on leading edge topics in law and technology? Try, a site with contributions by lawyer and law librarian experts on subjects ranging from "Animal Rights on the Road to Personhood" to "Researching Australian Law" and features on the latest courtroom technology. LLRX is edited and published by Sabrina I. Pacifici, also the founder and editor of beSpacific, another wonderful resource with daily updates summarizing and linking to new government and international organization documents, reports, and data on legal, economic, scientific and cultural issues.  

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hofstra Law Library webcasts

Have you forgotten something that was said in a journal orientation, or missed a library workshop?  Not to worry, webcasts of the journals' orientations and other library presentations are available.  Such as:

1, Googlerific Workshop for all things Google including Google Scholar and Google chat. 
2, Handouts for LegalTech: Essential technology for classroom, office and courtroom.
3, 1L Introduction to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat