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SPCA Dog Therapy Program Returns to the Library

Dog therapists on holiday

The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, December 2nd. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.

Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk.

Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 10:30-12:00 Lola Pomeranian/Chihuahua Mix
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Teddy Golden Retriever
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 10:30-12:00 Oliver Golden Retriever
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Gertie English Bulldog
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 10:30-12:00 Hank Shepard / Terrier Mix
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Rufus Poodle / Terrier Mix
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 10:30-12:00 Taz Corgi
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Jennings Golden Retriever


Chuck Marcus
UC Hastings College of the Law Library

Spring 2014 Advanced Legal Research Courses

According to a 2012 LexisNexis survey of new attorneys, half of the attorneys surveyed think that legal research needs to be a larger part of the law school curriculum. Take advantage of what U.C. Hastings has to offer!  Enroll in one of two advanced legal research courses offered this spring:

California Legal Research (2 units): Wednesdays, 1:10-3:20 PM

Advanced Legal Research & Analysis (3 units): Mondays, 4:40 – 8:00 PM

Don’t be the new associate who racks up $20,000 in Westlaw charges during the first week on the job!  Learn the skills you’ll need now!

Jump start your exam review period with Study Aids

Study aids are an excellent tool to review legal subjects, and may include outlines, practice questions, charts and other useful review tools.  As the final exams approach, you may want to check out our Study Aids Guide . The guide lists study aids available at the UC Hastings library by legal topic. Many study aids are kept at the 4th floor Circulation Desk reserves area, and can be checked out for two hours (or, in some cases, 24 hours).

Learn the legal research skills used by practicing attorneys!

Join us at noon on Tuesday, October 22nd, in classroom 640 for a presentation by Jennifer Donnellan, principal at Cornerstone Law Group and former associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold.  Jennifer will discuss her employment law practice and the legal research skills she uses on a daily basis.  After her presentation, librarians Hilary Hardcastle and Tony Pelcyznski will briefly demonstrate how to use the resources highlighted in Ms. Donnellan’s presentation.  Pizza and soda will be served.

Courtroom View Network (CVN)

New database available! “Courtroom View Network” allows UC Hastings students to stream real courtroom videos, highlighted with expert commentary and analysis. The database also includes training libraries, which feature video clips of attorneys executing essential litigation skills and techniques.

To sign up, go to Use your UC Hastings email address to create an individual account.

Collection Highlight: Art Law Databases

Get your research started with the Art Law Subject Guide, by Hilary Hardcastle, for print and online resources available at UC Hastings and elsewhere:

Databases at UC Hastings

ProQuest: The Arts
Subject database of the ProQuest aggregated full-text database of journal articles, newspapers and dissertations. Includes ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (a bibliography available for the study of modern and contemporary art), CBCA Complete: The Arts (Canadian art periodicals), e-brary ebooks, and Index Islamicus.

HeinOnline art law journals
Full-text access to legal journals on HeinOnline, including the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, and the Florida Entertainment, Art, & Sport Law Journal.

Databases at the San Francisco Public Library
Available to San Francisco Public Library cardholders.

Select “Art & Music” under the Database category dropdown menu. Below are some important databases.

Art Full Text (Wilson)
Includes the full text of articles from an array of art journals going back to 1997.

CAMIO – Catalog of Art Museum Images Online | (OCLC)
Includes almost 100,000 high-resolution images from museums around the world, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and SFMOMA.

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text | (Ebsco)
Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

Full-text access to over 1,000 academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs. Browse alphabetically by subject: scroll down the page to “arts”.

Free Databases

Google Books: Art Law
Free text of books scanned by Google. May contain either the entire text of the book, or sample pages to assist you to determine a book’s content.

HG.Org Art & Cultural Law Databases links
A list of links to art-related legal documents, in the United States and worldwide.

World Catalog: Art Law Books
Click a books’ record and enter your zip code to find nearby libraries that hold the book. For specific topics, enter keywords in the basic search field

Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South

Behind the Veil website

“A project by the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies that records and preserves the living memory of African American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890s to the 1950s. One hundred of the 1,000+ interviews have been digitized and made available on this site, with transcripts, totaling about 175 hours of recordings and 10,000 pages of text.”

(Duke University, Behind the Veil website)

Databases Highlight: 19th Century Masterfile

Overview: Covers nearly all of the periodicals of the late 18th through early 20th century. Articles provide studies of Anglo-American literature published before 1930, sourced from periodicals, newspapers, books, patents, image archives, government documents and more. Includes over 1 million citations.
Coverage: 1786 to 1922

Special Features
The main page provides updated information for researchers, including a scrolling “New Interdisciplinary discoveries” window which displays a scrolling list of available articles; and a Featured News and Latest Research sections.




Welcome Class of 2016!

Welcome to UC Hastings! The Law Library staff is eager to help you make your law school experience a success. Please feel free to drop by the Reference Desk anytime we’re open – we’re happy to answer all your questions concerning library resources and legal research. Please stop by if you’re having any difficulties with your LW&R assignments. We can point you to the right resources and show you how to use them.
When you get a chance, check out the First Year Legal Research Resources page on the library’s website. And the Research Tutorials page is also a great place to help with your research.

We look forward to meeting you all!

- The Library Staff at UC Hastings