- New Database - IntelliConnect
- New Relaxation Station in Library
- Summer Access to Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, and WestlawNext
- Student Printing Accounts
- Got Tech? Check Out Microsoft Tech Tips 101
- Have an Idea, Suggestion, or Service to Improve Your Library?
- Unlock the Full Potential of Your PDF Documents with Adobe Acrobat Pro
- New International Database Has Been Added To The Collection
- Scanning Directly to the Computer Terminals is Back!
The Library is pleased to announce that we have access to a new database, IntelliConnect. This resource provides online access to CCH analysis in a wide variety of practice areas, including labor and employment, securities, environmental compliance, taxation, intellectual property, human resources, and many others. Researchers may select individual sources to search, or can search across all the databases. Users may also create customized legal news alerts in their fields of interest using Tracker. User name, barcode number, and PIN required for off-campus access.
Check out the new relaxation station in the Library Lobby directly in front of the outside terrace doors. We have several activities to help you destress: a Buddha Board, a Zen Garden and Sand Pictures. Enjoy! The Library has also begun gathering a Reserve Collection called "Stress Relief," which includes books on meditation and stress management.
Law students may use their Lexis Advance passwords for all legal work purposes, from the date your classes end this spring until the end of the summer. Students will have the same access to legal content that they have during the academic year. Normal law school terms of service apply outside of these dates which means that when the academic session starts up, your passwords may not be used for non-academic purposes. Graduating 3Ls can register for a Graduate Program password that will extend your access beyond graduation. To learn more, please visit www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access.
Law students may use Bloomberg Law throughout the summer, and are also permitted to use the service in the course of paid work throughout the school year. Remember too that graduating 3Ls may use Bloomberg law for six months following graduation. You do not need an activation code to register for Bloomberg Law, but you do need to use your .edu email address. Go to bloomberglaw.com and click into “sign up for a law school account.”
Summer extension of WestlawNext (WLN) for 1Ls and 2Ls is available for the following academic uses: summer classes; study abroad; law review, including write-on competitions; moot court; research assistant positions; and unpaid internships/externships. To extend your password for one of these uses, go to www.lawschool.westlaw.com. If a law student does not extend their password, they will still have access to WLN for 10 hours in June and 10 hours in July.
For graduating 3Ls, WLN offers the Grad Elite program which permits graduating 3Ls to extend their passwords thru November 30, 2014. To participate in this program, the student must complete a short survey. Upon completing the survey, the student will be taken to the screen that allows for password extension. You can start this process by finding the box on the opening page that says “What’s Next?” in the bottom right-hand corner, and following that link.
If you have any problems with any of these services, do not hesitate to contact a Reference Librarian at 413-782-1458.
Please be aware that students will have access to any remaining balance on their printing accounts until August 14, 2014.
If you are adding any additional funds to your printing account, these funds will also be available only until August 14, 2014. After that date, the accounts get zeroed out, and you will lose any remaining purchased prints. Therefore, students should put a minimal amount on their accounts OR purchase $5.00 print cards as needed (which never get zeroed out).
Students taking summer classes will receive an additional 200 impressions on 5/14/14.
You cannot read the legal newspapers nowadays without coming across a headline like the one we saw last week in the ABA Journal Tech Monthly: “Catch up with tech or lose your career, judges warn lawyers.” The story went on to quote Judge John M. Facciola of the District of Columbia as saying -- why hire a lawyer who doesn’t even have the technological competence to complete simple, everyday tasks like converting a Microsoft Word document into a PDF?
Why, indeed? If you are feeling a little short on your everyday tech skills – the Law Library is to the rescue. Neal Smith, our fearless Research/Emerging Technologies Librarian, has just completed seven short tutorials on how to accomplish some of the basic tasks one may be expected to do in law practice, including, inter alia, using Microsoft Word to format a Table of Contents or a Table of Authorities in a brief, wiping meta data from your shared legal documents, AND converting a Microsoft Word document into a PDF.
The tutorials run from 5 to just under twelve minutes so they easily fit into little pockets of time. They are stored in a LibGuide -- to find them, go to the Law Library’s homepage, click into “Research Guides,” and scroll down to Microsoft Tech Tips 101. And if there is something you would like to learn to do that is not included in the 7 tutorials, don’t hesitate to contact Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit an idea or suggestion that is implemented, and the Law Library will reward you with forgiven fines! So why not take 5 short minutes and put your idea in our Suggestion Box. As a thank you, we will forgive all fines on your account up to the point your idea is implemented. Make sure to inlude your name and email address.
Adobe Acrobat Pro is now available on the four scanning computers in the Library lobby (closest to the Library terrace). Acrobat Pro allows you to edit PDF documents. Now you can OCR your scans to make the text searchable, add and delete pages in your PDF documents, merge multiple PDF documents into one, and more. Ask at the reference desk for more information on using Acrobat Pro.
The Library is pleased to announce that we have acquired an online platform (Justis) for the International Law Reports (“ILR”). ILR has been published since 1922 by the Lauterpacht Centre at Cambridge University. It is the only publication wholly devoted to the regular and systematic reporting in English of every international tribunal that produces decisions bearing on questions of public international law. In the human rights arena, ILR provides coverage of cases from the International Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as the views of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights. It also picks up national courts applying human rights conventions to the extent the case deals with a major point of substantive human rights law. Since ILR began, over 10,000 cases have been reported in full or digest form. You can find International Law Reports in our database list or click here.