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Black’s Law Dictionary

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Pictured is the 7th, 8th, and 9th editions of Black’s Law Dictionary. The 9th edition is the most current edition of Black’s. Black’s is available on Westlaw. To access the dictionary just type “Black’s Law Dictionary” in the search box on WestlawNext. If you have any problem accessing the dictionary, just ask for help at [...]

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“I Have a Dream” But It’s Copyrighted

Posted by George Butterfield on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Read about it here.

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New HeinOnline Library — Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

HeinOnline has added a new immigration library. This collection is a compilation of the most important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This first comprehensive database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, [...]

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Wild, Wild Web: Policing An Early, Lawless Internet

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nate Anderson’s The Internet Police looks at how law enforcement learned to combat cybercrime. Story about book on NPR.

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Do Innocent Citizens Risk Police Seizure of Their Property?

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Interesting interview on the PBS NewsHour Property seizure is a profitable practice for local law enforcement agencies, long used to deprive mobsters and drug kingpins. But the police can also take personal goods away from citizens who haven’t been proven guilty of a crime. Ray Suarez talks to Sarah Stillman who investigated civil forfeiture for [...]

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Congress.gov

Posted by George Butterfield on August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Congress.gov is an excellent website for U.S. legislative information. Recently there was a write-up about the site in In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Librarians of Congress.

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Laptop security cables

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

The law school has had very little problem with theft in the library. One way to keep this trend running is to take reasonable precautions with your belongings. Security cables can be purchased for under $10 that will help protect your laptop. I suggest getting a security cable that uses a combination lock and not [...]

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NEW! — iPad and phone charger in Skinner

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Westlaw provided a charging station you can use to charge your iPad, iPhone, or other electronic device. There are six connections on the charging station including a micro-usb charger which is common on many phones. Almost everyone on the library staff found that their phone was compatible with the charger. Westlaw has removed their printers [...]

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Casetext Takes a New Angle on Value Added Legal Research With Wikipedia-Style User Annotations

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Why do law firms spend, collectively, billions of dollars on commercial legal research databases, when what they are looking up is law — which is in the public domain? How are these databases able to erect these enormously profitable paywalls? The answer is that they provide more than just the raw text of the law. They provide [...]

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Do License Plate Readers Prevent Crime or Abuse Privacy?

Posted by Troy Johnson on August 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Law enforcement agencies use license plate readers to help track stolen vehicles and deter crime through behavioral profiling. Does creating databases of this information compromise citizens’ privacy? Jeffrey Brown gets two views from technology consultant Sid Heal and Catherine Crump of the American Civil Liberties Union. Piece on the PBS News Hour

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