Monthly Archives: December 2006

Renewing Books Online

To renew your Hastings Law Library books online go to the Hastings Online Catalog and click on View Your Record (bottom left). Enter your name and barcode from your student ID, click the link that shows how many items you have checked out. From this list, you can either check the individual boxes of the books you want to renew, or select “renew all”.
If you are unable to renew online, it may be because:
1. You have overdue books.
Solution: bring them in and as long as no one else needs them, you can check them out again.
2. Your fines exceed $10.00.
Solution: bring in a check out made to “UC Hastings” for the amount owed.
3. Your barcode is not entered in our system.
Solution: show your Hastings ID to a library employee and they will link your barcode to our system.

The Operation Paget Report on the Death of Princess Diana

There was an official inquiry into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the allegations of a conspiracy to murder her and Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed. The inquiry by Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in 2004, is called the Operation Paget Report. The Report was released on December 14, 2006. If you just want the short story, the overview is available.

Environmental Law Reporter Online

The Library’s subscription to the Environmental Law Reporter Online is now available to Hastings Faculty, Staff and Students from off-campus computers. ELR is a excellent resource for state and federal environmental cases, statutes, regulations, news and analysis. Before today, ELR was strictly an on-campus database. Thankfully, ELI has removed this restriction from our subscription and now Hastings Faculty, Students and Staff may access ELR remotely. Here’s how:
Go to the Subscription Databases page from our home page and pull-down
Environmental Law Reporter from the “Choose a Database” menu. Enter your name and the bar code number below as they appear on your Hastings ID. Et Voila!

Exercise Your FOIA Muscle

Finals are almost over, so if you were thinking of using some of that spare time investigating your government files or finding out what your favorite agency has been up to recently, you might want to find out how to request information from a government agency. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a website, the FOIA Letter Generator, that takes you step by step through the request process for any federal agency, or almost any component of a state or county government. The web form will take you to a briefing paper on the FOIA process How to Use the Federal FOIA Act. Once you have enough background information, the letter generator takes you step-by-step through the process.
And should you need to file an appeal, two attorneys have sample forms on their website, FOIAdvocates.