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.
This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.
Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press.
In its initial phase, Founders Online contains nearly 120,000 fully searchable documents. When it is complete, it will include approximately 175,000 documents in this living monument to America’s Founding Era.
Check it out for historical gossip, intrigue, and political insights.
If you are one of the many students who are writing a law note or seminar paper this semester, you may feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment. Several questions maybe running through your head such as: how do I identify a “good” topic; where do I begin researching; when should I stop researching; or how do I organize my paper. Well, there is no need to fear. Tomorrow, January 31, 2013, Professor Elizabeth Fajans and Librarian Kathy Darvil will host a workshop on researching and writing your seminar paper. The workshop will be held from 4 pm-6 pm in Room 605.
Listed below are several resources available from the BLS library that can help you research and write your law note or seminar paper. General Resources for Legal Research and Writing
• ELIZABETH FAJANS & MARY FALK, SCHOLARLY WRITING FOR LAW STUDENTS: SEMINAR PAPERS, LAW REVIEW NOTES AND LAW REVIEW COMPETITION PAPERS (4th ed. 2011).
• EUGENE VOLOKH, ACADEMIC LEGAL WRITING: LAW REVIEW ARTICLES, STUDENT NOTES, SEMINAR PAPERS, AND GETTING ON LAW REVIEW (4th ed. 2010).
• JEAN DAVIS, PAPER TOPIC DEVELOPMENT: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/developing
• JEAN DAVIS, PAPER TOPIC SELECTION: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/selecting
• KATHLEEN DARVIL, SELECTING AND DEVELOPING YOUR SEMINAR PAPER TOPIC: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/seminarpaper
Legal Writing: Style & Grammer
• BRYAN A. GARNER, LEGAL WRITING IN PLAIN ENGLISH: A TEXT WITH EXERCISES (2001).
• BRYAN A. GARNER, THE ELEMENTS OF LEGAL STYLE (2nd ed. 2002).
Wally Gobetz, Washington DC: Capitol Hill: United States Capital, Flickr Photostream (June 6, 2009), http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/3777337913/lightbox/
Whether you are tracing a statute’s history for your summer internship or for a paper you are writing, you will want to use a new tool the library recently acquired, Proquest’s Legislative Insight. Often researching legislative histories can be cumbersome and time consuming. Legislative Insight promises to streamline the process by digitizing and by publishing online the majority of full text publications associated with a legislative history. These documents include all versions of enacted and related bills, Congressional Record excerpts, and committee hearings, reports, and documents. Legislative Insight also includes other related material such as committee prints, CRS reports and Presidential signing statements. Furthermore, Legislative Insight offers a research citation page that not only links to the full text of the associated primary source publications, but allows the user to do a Search Within from that very page that searches the full text of all the associated publications with one-click.
To access Legislative Insight from off-campus, you first need to implement the proxy instructions.
The Supreme Court is winding down and this past week issued two eagerly awaited decisions, one of which dealt with immigration.
Arizona v. U.S. did not involve the issue of racial bias, though many civil rights groups have challenged it as such. Rather, the issue before the Supreme Court had to do with whether the Arizona law usurped the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration laws and enforcement.
If you are interested in finding out more information about immigration issues, our library has several books on this topic. I have highlighted a few of the more recent ones below.
American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction – A fascinating and even-handed historical account, this book puts into perspective the longer history of calls for stronger immigration laws and the on-going debates over the place of immigrants in American society. Oxford University Press
Immigration : A Documentary and Reference Guide – Presents a history of US immigration, tracing the roots of the debate in the history of our profoundly divided and surprisingly cyclical response to foreign immigration.
In a New land : A Comparative View of Immigration – Drawing on the rich history of American immigrants and statistical and ethnographic data, In a New Land compares today’s new immigrants with the past influxes of Europeans to the United States and across cities and regions within the United States.
Working in New York this Summer? Need to sharpen your research skills? Then register for Advanced Legal Research: New York Civil Litigation. The class, which is taught by Reference Librarian and Prof. Kathleen Darvil, follows the research process from the initial client interview through the final appellate judgment. The intensive course runs from May 14-17, 2012. The class meets from 6:00 pm-9:30pm, Monday-Thursday. For more information please email Kathleen Darvil at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with an interest in copyright infringement issues in the music industry should check out a great free source of information sponsored by UCLA and Columbia Law Schools called the Music Copyright Infringement Resource. The site serves as an online archive of historical and current materials that pertain to this area of law, including important cases from the 1800’s to the present, pending litigation, news, and even a glossary of musical terms. It also contains a blog called the FORUM, which features short articles by various authors on the topic of music and copyright.
Keep in mind that the Brooklyn Law School library also has recent publications on these issues, such as:
Entertainment law for the general practitioner (2011)
Music Industry Handbook (2011)
Entertainment law and business: a guide to the law and business practices of the entertainment industry, 2nd ed.(2008)
Getting permission: how to license & clear copyrighted materials, online & off (2010).
For help finding additional sources of information, please feel free to speak to any of the Reference Librarians.