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).

Website highlight: Ravel Law

Ravel Law is a scholarship tool that analyzes cases with graphical displays. Search for a case by keyword, and the system will display its history in easy to understand visual formats . The Judge search displays opinions written by Supreme Court judges using the visual method.

Registration: Ravel Law is free to .edu users. Students can register with their UC Hastings IDs.

More about Ravel Law: Unraveling Ravel Law blog entry by Ashley Ahlbrand

Legal News: Common Web Encryption Tool Is Flawed, Researchers Say

Common Web Encryption Tool Is Flawed, Researchers Say
An encryption tool used by a large chunk of the Internet is flawed, potentially exposing reams of data meant to be hidden from prying eyes. The bug, nicknamed Heartbleed by researchers at Google Inc. and cybersecurity firm Codenomicon, could have affected two-thirds of active websites when it was disclosed Monday, they said.
Read article on the Wall Street Journal.

Rent-a-Pet at the Library!

Following the success of our dog therapy program, the library will expand its services to offer a new service to students, Rent-a-Pet. Students will be able to “rent” (borrow) a pet for a period of time between 2 hours and 24 hours. Borrowing is free, but your student ID is required.

While “traditional” animals like dogs, cats and parakeets will of course be offered, the library has some surprises in store. Culminating upon three-month negotiations, the library has teamed up with the San Francisco Zoo to offer students access to more exotic animals like parrots, turtles and monkeys. We are currently working on obtaining permission to bring over baby polar bears!


This service begins today, April 1, 2014.

photo courtesy of Firstpeople



Legal News: Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

The government said on Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages carried out last week in Michigan but left in limbo by a court appeal, making the couples entitled to appropriate federal benefits. More than 300 couples were married last Saturday, a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman lifted Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution. Read article on Reuters

Collection Highlight: Intellectual Property Law Databases

Get your research started with the Intellectual Property Law Subject Guide, by Hadas Livnat & Hilary Hardcastle, for print and online resources available at UC Hastings and elsewhere.

Databases at UC Hastings

Bloomberg BNA Intellectual Property Law Resource Center
Searchable database of Intellectual Property Law resources.

Intellectual Property Law Collection (HeinOnline)
“Millions of pages of legislative histories, treatises, documents, classics, and more relating to copyrights, patents, and trademarks, this collection allows researchers to search across all intellectual property law materials in one database.”

Westlaw Next Intellectual Property Center
Search a combination of primary and secondary sources on intellectual property law available on Westlaw.


HeinOnline Periodicals: Intellectual Property: Enter your keywords in the Search Box on the left-hand side to search all the IP periodicals.

Westlaw Next Intellectual Property- Secondary Sources: Search texts of treatises, ALRs and law review journal articles on IP law.

San Francisco Public Library Resources
Available to San Francisco Public Library cardholders. Below are some helpful databases:

Academic OneFile
A collection of journals covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more. Among its full-text coverage, it includes full-text of the New York Times back to 1985. Updated daily.

Full text academic journals going back to 1838.

eBook Collection
Thousands of electronic books covering business, technology and other non-fiction subjects.

Free Databases

Google Books: Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Patents
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.

World Catalog
For specific topics, enter keywords in the basic search field, such as “Intellectual Property” or “Tradmarks”. Click a books’ record and enter your zip code to find nearby libraries that hold the book.