Aug 27 2014

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Library Orientation Tours

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Hello New Students!  We have scheduled Library Orientation Tours for you that will give all the information you need to know about the physical and online library. All tours begin in Redstone, room 335.

Tuesday Sept. 2 at 1pm

Tuesday Sept. 2 at 4pm

Wednesday Sept. 3 at 1pm

Wednesday Sept. 3 at  4pm

Thursday Sept. 4 at 1pm

Thursday Sept. 4 at 4pm

Monday Sept. 8 at 1pm

Monday Sept. 8 at 4pm

Tuesday Sept. 9 at 1pm

Wednesday Sept. 10 at 4pm

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Aug 27 2014

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Upcoming Library Orientation Tours for ALL New and Transfer Students

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Aug 27 2014

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More on Updating Tools

Following up last week’s post on current awareness tools to track specific legal issues, there are many more sources that you can use to discover or monitor a topic, or search for recent developments.

In addition to dozens of topical updating titles provided by Bloomberg/BNA, other premium tools include:

  • Law 360, with a focus on business law topics
  • IntelliConnect (CCH database includes Tracker newsletters, which can be customized for individual interests, for email delivery)
  • Knowledge Mosaic (check out Weekly Regulatory Report and other news titles within KM’s focus areas)
  • Setting up alerts for periodic searches to retrieve new results on Lexis Advance or Westlaw Next
  • Justia newsletters: free opinion summaries on daily or weekly basis, by topic or court
  • For SCOTUS news, sign up for The Supreme Court Bulletin, a free product of Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute (LII)

For more ideas about useful current awareness resources, see our guide to Finding News & Keeping Current as a Lawyer.


When in doubt …


(Image provided by LII.)


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Aug 22 2014

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Tracking the Legal News re Same-Sex Marriage

Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, no legal issue in the U.S. has been followed more closely than the question whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to get married.

There are many current awareness tools to monitor the topic. among them, consider these:

The same range of tools can be used to monitor or locate information on other subjects. Whatever you topic, give these tools a try!

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Aug 22 2014

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Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations

Researching executive actions, orders or proclamations used to be a painstaking and at time tedious task…

Thankfully those times have come and gone with the availability of Proquest Congressional’s library entitled: “Proquest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations 1789-2014.”  This comprehensive collection includes all numbered and unnumbered orders.  (Sidebar–>Did you know that the first numbered order began with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation?)

This exhaustive collection also includes those orders issued in the President’s name by Secretaries of Federal departments, those issued at the request of the Presidents without specific statutory authority and directives, decisions and determinations other than those officially numbered.

Proquest Congressional’s Executive Branch Documents is also a treasure-trove and worth investigating when researching in this area. Find these resources on the A-Z list .



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Aug 18 2014

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Find BUSL Alumni to Network With: Leadership Directories

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One of the best resources for finding government contacts or in-house counsel who have gone to BUSL is Leadership Directories.  These directories allows you to sort by education, job function, location, organization type and a number of other categories.  For a quick tutorial on using Leadership Libraries to find alumni watch this.


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Aug 15 2014

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Are You Ready for Redstone?

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Get ready.


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Aug 12 2014

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Get ready for fall recruiting with Mivoko

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Is your name consistently mispronounced? Are you minorly dreading correcting multiple professors, classmates, and recruiters in the next eight weeks? Have you tried Mivoko? Mivoko is a new tool that allows you to record your name, properly pronounced. Then add the link they provide to your email signature, social media profiles, including LinkedIn, or a resume, business card, or cover letter.

Our very own Steven Alexandre da Costa was kind enough to try it out. Listen to him pronounce his name at He said it was pretty easy, but cautions users that it does require making a phone call to Canada or the UK for the actual recording.

Now that you can pronounce his last name, don’t forget to stop by the Ref desk to say hi to him!

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Aug 08 2014

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Lexis Advance is getting a new look for the new year.

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Lexis Nexis has announced that sometime in the very near future Lexis Advance will have a completely NEW look and some enhanced features as well.

Among the new features and enhancements are the following:

increased speed,

a cleaner and simplified look,

fewer clicks and more intuitive navigation and

the removal of tabs.

For a preview of the new look, go to the following link:

New Lexis Advance Look!

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Aug 06 2014

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A New Look for (WTLN) has been a go-to source for international trade documents and information for many years. Recently the interface was upgraded, providing a new look and clarifying the distinction between free content (available from, e.g., the WTO Dispute Settlement site) and WTLN’s value-added material.


WTLN’s strengths include its coverage of the WTO dispute settlement process. Along with the decisions by WTO Panels and the Appellate Body, WTLN provides its own Dispute Settlement Commentaries (DSCs), which provide an overview and summary of each decision. WTLN also provides DSCs for other decisions, including WTO arbitrations and NAFTA cases.

WTLN provides finding tools to locate both DSCs and the underlying documents. In the new interface, a PDF image of the selected document appears, embedded in the window; navigation tools include a zoom feature. WTLN also provides statistical tables and topical pages that pull together documents and decisions on major trade issues (e.g., anti-dumping).

WTLN links out to much free content, including WTO and GATT documents, and various free and subscription news sources, which help to make it a comprehensive tool for international trade researchers.

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