New Librarian

Cheney Inspects

Donations to PILF

Food-for-Fines

Hein Online

More Databases Available

New & Notable

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What's new in the Law Library . . . 

 

 January 2002

New Librarian—Kent Milunovich

The library would like to welcome Kent Milunovich, our new Technical Services/Systems Librarian. Kent comes to us from Washoe County Law Library in Reno, Nevada. He earned his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law and his M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. If you haven't already met Kent, feel free to stop by and say hello. His office is in Rm. 307D on the third floor of the library.

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Cheney Makes ABA Site Inspection

On October 28-31, Kristin Cheney visited the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law as an ABA site inspection team member. Located in Montgomery, Alabama, Jones School of Law was founded in 1928. Cheney indicated that although this application for provisional approval inspection was a lot of work, it was also an opportunity to experience southern hospitality at its best.

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Library Donates to PILF Auction

At this year's PILF auction, the library's contribution was weighty-pound-wise, if not penny-wise. Throughout the year, librarians monitor the availability of legal materials that alumni might find useful or attractive. Such volumes usually come from a downsizing firm or retiring attorney. This year a set of Washington Reports, Washington Appellate Reports, and U.S. Reports, Lawyers Edition went up for auction. The library is pleased that their gifts offer numerous benefits: to the environment (saving books from recycling or landfill), to the bidders (who save hundreds of dollars on the price from used book dealers), and to PILF itself.

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Library Sponsors Food-for-Fines Drive

The library sponsored a holiday food drive during the month of December to benefit Northwest Harvest. For each donation of food to Northwest Harvest, students could reduce accumulated library fines. Many students took advantage of the opportunity to reduce their fees while contributing to a worthy cause. Faculty, staff, and even students without fines donated food to make the drive a success. Thanks to everyone who participated.

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Hein Online

The law library is now subscribing to a new web database called Hein Online. Hein Online bills itself as "the Modern Link to Legal History," offering a "comprehensive, ever-expanding collection of legal periodicals." Consisting primarily of older law reviews that are not currently accessible online, the database provides access to rich historical legal literature. (Some newer journals are also included.) The articles are exact images of the originals, so that mastheads, charts, graphs, statistical tables and photographs are faithfully reproduced. The Hein Online software interface offers browsing and searching functions. Researchers may browse by journal title, author, or article title. Additionally, users may perform full-text searches across the entire database or search by author, title and citation fields. Hein Online is the winner of the 2001 American Association of Law Libraries New Product Award and promises to be a valuable addition to the law library resource collection. If you would like to try Hein Online, go to the law library databases and click on Hein Online: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/library/databases.html. If you have any questions, please call the reference desk at x4225.

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More Online Databases Available

Recent years have seen the rise of several low-cost online legal research services meant to provide a less-expensive alternative to full LexisNexis or Westlaw access. While none of these have the depth, breadth, or sophisticated search capabilities of the "big two," they do have their advantages. For one thing, they can provide a considerable savings for the firm or solo practitioner with an eye on the budget. Also, they may carry decisions and other information unavailable on other online services. Here is an overview of what the library is offering.

Quicklaw America

Law faculty, staff and students can now obtain complimentary passwords for Quicklaw America, the premier provider of legal information services in Canada. In addition to databases covering standard Canadian primary sources at the federal level, this service also has more provincial case reports and statutes than you will find on either Lexis or Westlaw. Regulations, digests, and topical reports fill out the balance of offerings. Selected U.S. resources and a number of titles from other foreign jurisdictions are also available. To get a free password go to http://www.quicklawamerica.com/pricing/trialedu.html. You must use your ".edu" e-mail address to complete your registration. Quicklaw America is limited to use for academic purposes only.

VersusLaw

VersusLaw (www.versuslaw.com) offers access to Seattle University Law School faculty, staff and students for academic research. Users must register by filling out a form on the web site and providing an ".edu" e-mail address. Once there, you can find U. S. Supreme Court opinions from 1900-present, Circuit Courts of Appeals decisions, some from as far back as 1930, recent cases from other federal courts, and a variety of state court opinions. The Washington database goes back to 1935, for example. Of particular interest are recent decisions from American Tribal Courts. Sign up for a password at http://www.versuslaw.com/Subscribe/Subscribe.asp and check it out. If you do sign up, remember to reactivate your account annually.

LoisLaw

LoisLaw (www.loislaw.com) continues to offer access to Seattle University Law School faculty, staff and students who register using our institution's access code, obtainable from the reference librarians. Sign on and search U. S. Supreme Court opinions from 1899-present, lower federal courts from 1971-present, current federal statutes and a selection of state codes, and state case law dating back to the 1920s. An added draw for Washington users is the availability of WSBA deskbooks and CLE materials. LoisLaw also offers a real bonus in that summer use is allowed and graduating students may continue to use it free for six months after graduation.

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"New and Notable" Library Materials

Check out the New and Notable page to see new resources we think might be of particular interest to our users. The page includes synopses, information on the authors, and links to available reviews of the titles shown above.

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Newsletter written by law library staff.

Questions? Comments? Please contact Brendan Starkey, editor.