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Scholarly writing for law journal competitions

BLS Library offers these sources that discuss scholarly writing for law journal competitions:

Elizabeth Fajans and Mary R. Falk (BLS professors), Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition PapersBLS Library has copies of the latest edition (4th ed., 2011) in the first-floor Reserve collection and copies of older editions (that students can check out) in the Main collection (cellar level).

Also, the Reserve collection contains the current editions of: Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review and Wes Henricksen, Making Law Review: The Expert’s Guide to Mastering the Write-on Competition.

Good luck to all students who choose to participate in the writing competition.

 

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Redirect Notice for BLS Library Blog and URL

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/.

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2nd Charging Station Available in the Library

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.

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Chat Reference Now Available

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This week Brooklyn Law School’s Library instituted a new chat reference service.  The service is accessible through the Library’s

BLSConnect page, and is available for Brooklyn Law School’s students, faculty, and staff.

Librarians are available to chat during regularly scheduled reference hours.   Reference librarians attempt to respond to instant message questions as quickly as possible.  If you do not get a response back, please leave your email address or phone number, and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

The service is best suited for short, fact-based questions and general questions on finding the relevant resources for a given topic.   If you have a more detailed question, we may encourage you to arrange a meeting with a reference librarian, or to stop by the reference desk during our normal reference hours.

Reference Hours

Monday 9:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

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New Library Database: Legal Source

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.

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Hein and Fastcase Partnership

fastcase heinWilliam 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.

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New Pathway To Access Lexis.com & Other Changes

I want to highlight the new procedure for the BLS community to access Lexis.com. At the top of your Lexis Advance screen, there is a pull-down arrow in the red tab: Research.  One of the options in the pull-down menu is: lexis.com.
At this point, a message might pop up–in the message, you might need to click: “Continue” to reach the Lexis.com main screen. In Lexis.com, tab: Legal still contains the menu of legal sources.

Also, according to Lexis, if you are a BLS subscriber using Lexis.com (as opposed to Lexis Advance):

  • Your history is not saved
  • Your tabs might not be there the next time you log on to Lexis.com because you are sharing a “party line password” with others
  • BLS students cannot print documents from Lexis.com through the dedicated Lexis printers in the library.  (BLS students CAN print documents from Lexis Advance through the dedicated Lexis printers.)

Note: Lexis could not tell me when the foreign law sources that are only available in Lexis.com will migrate to Lexis Advance.

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