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Microsoft Tech Tips--Live!

Join Research/Emerging Technologies Librarian Liza Rosenof on Wednesday, Oct. 1, for a thirty-minute presentation starting at 12:15 (in Computer Classroom 329) for a presentation on harnassing Microsoft Word's power for your next moot court brief or legal research project. She'll demonstrate how to create a table of authorities and table of contents with fully functioning links and answer any related questions you may have.

Book Stands


The Library recently acquired two book stands that can be checked out for a four-hour block of time. Our new Librarian, Liza Rosenof, swears by them and claims that they make for very ergonomically-correct reading and note taking.  Other law students reviewing the book stand on Amazon point out that using a book stand helps correct terrible posture, and one student claimed that using the book stand improved the student’s grades by 20%. We think we have to take that last endorsement with a grain of salt. In all events, come check one out at the Circulation Desk and let us know what effect this product has on your life!

Stress Relief Course Reserve

Feeling stressed? Stop by Circulation and check out some of our new books and CDs geared to help alleviate your stress:

Stress Management for Lawyers
Yoga for Lawyers: mind-body techniques to feel better all the time
Meditation for Busy People
Buddha in Blue Jeans: an extremely short simple Zen guide to sitting quietly and being Buddha

New Database - Intelliconnect

The Library is pleased to announce that we have acquired access to many traditional CCH and Wolter Kluwer publications by means of an electronic platform called Intelliconnect. This resource provides access to CCH analysis in a wide variety of practice areas, including labor and employment, securities, environmental compliance, intellectual property, taxation, and human resources, among others. Researchers may select individual sources to search, or can search across all the databases.  As with most of the Library’s other databases, user name, barcode number, and PIN are required for off-campus access. You can find Intelliconnect in our database list or click here.

Microsoft Office Purchase

Our OIT Office has provided us with a link for students looking to purchase Microsoft Office at an educational discount.

New Database - IntelliConnect

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.

New Relaxation Station in Library

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..

Got Tech? Check Out Microsoft Tech Tips 101

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

Have an Idea, Suggestion, or Service to Improve Your Library?

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.

Unlock the Full Potential of Your PDF Documents with Adobe Acrobat Pro

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.

New International Database Added To Collection

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.