With the launch of the Fall 2013 Semester, the librarians at the Brooklyn Law School Library are pleased to announce that its two blogs, the BLS Library Blog and the Brooklaw Library Weblog, have merged into one combined blog. The newly merged blog will use the name BLS Library Blog. Its new home is http://www.blslibrary.com. To continue reading blog posts by the librarians at the Brooklyn Law School, readers need to update their bookmark to the new URL.
All of the older posts from the two former sites, along with reader comments and resources remain available at the new site. We look forward to seeing you again at http://www.blslibrary.com.
The blog, Government Information, which Brooklyn Law School Library Government Documents Librarian Rosemary Campagna writes retains is about Politics, Legislation and Documents in the News. Its URL is http://governmentinfo.wordpress.com/.
Virtually every library database available to you on campus can also be accessed from home, most without a password (with the exception of BloombergLaw, Westlaw, and Lexis – they always require passwords). However, in order to access databases such as HeinOnline, Academic Search Premier, and other useful resources without coming all the way to school, you must first implement the Proxy Server Instructions so that you are communicating with these websites via the BLS server. Instructions for the browsers that work best with these databases can be found on the law school’s website. Please note that once you set up the Proxy Server, you will be required to enter your BLS Username and Password each time you attempt to access the web on the selected browser. Therefore, you may want to use a browser different from the one you normally use for web browsing.
If you have any difficulty setting up your browser using these instructions, feel free to stop by the Reference Desk and a librarian will be happy to assist you.
The Library recently installed a second mobile charging station. This charging station is in Library room 104M, which is our lounge for students. It is to the left as you enter the room and is a gift from Westlaw. The first charging station is on the ground floor and was described in the Library blog of July 3, 2013.
These charging stations are for cell phones and tablets only. When using either charging station, remember to sit nearby while your device charges. The Library is not responsible for unattended devices.
The library recently acquired a new legal research database: Legal Source. This database may be accessed from the library homepage in the alphabetical list of databases or here.
Legal Source is a single resource for the extensive content previously found in the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books from the H. W. Wilson Company as well content from EBSCO Information Services, a provider of research databases and e-journals.
Legal Source includes over 1,200 full-text journals and over 2.5 million records. Included is the Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective covering 1908-1981 and the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books with full-text available for over 400 periodicals as far back at 1994.
William S. Hein & Co. and Fastcase, two independent legal publishers, announced they would be combining their resources and forming a unique partnership to the benefit of their customers.
“Under the agreement, Hein will provide federal and state case law to HeinOnline subscribers via inline hyperlinks powered by Fastcase. In addition, Fastcase will completely integrate HeinOnline’s extensive law review and historical state statute collection in search results, with full access available to Fastcase subscribers who additionally subscribe to Hein’s law review database.”
This means that Hein’s federal case coverage will include the judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754-present), Federal Circuits (1924-present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1-47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1-59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996-present), Federal District Courts (1924-present), and Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1-present). The state case law will cover all fifty states with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800’s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950. When Hein users link to case law through Fastcase, they will be able to utilize Authority Check, an integrated citation analysis tool developed by Fastcase to help identify negative citation history at no additional cost.
Conversely, Fastcase users will be able to search all content available in the Law Journal Library, Session Laws Library, State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, and State Statutes: A Historical Archive and see Hein results and abstracts for free, with subscription options for the full articles.
The integrated libraries will be available to members of the BLS Community at the end of the summer.
The Library has added a charging station for mobile devices on the first floor. The station has connections for eight devices that use micro USB, Apple 30-pin and Apple Lightning connectors. The station will charge any device that uses those connectors. This station is for phone and tablets only, not for laptops.
Students should sit nearby to watch their phones and tablets while they are charging; the Library is not responsible for any device left unattended.
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