Monthly Archives: March 2007


To all Cite-checkers, note-writers, paper-writers, students and faculty: The library is glad to announce our E-Journal finder on the library web site. The E-Journal finder allows you to access articles in many of the full text journals that we subscribe to. Try it out here
Your search in the E-journal finder will locate journals in all these databases:
* ABI/INFORM Complete
* Annual Reviews
* Berkeley Electronic Press Journals
* Blackwell-Synergy
* BNA Online Journals
* Cambridge Journals Online
* Directory of Open Access Journals
* Freely Accessible Business Journals
* Freely Accessible Social Science Journals
* Haworth Press Journals
* HeinOnline Law Journal Library
* IngentaConnect
* LexisNexis Congressional
* Oxford Journals Online
* ProQuest Research Library
* PsycINFO
* Westlaw Journals and Law Reviews
More databases and journals will be added as we sort through our holdings. One caveat to remember at this time, Westlaw Journals and Law Reviews will only locate whether or not a journal is in the Westlaw Journal database, and not allow you to click directly into the Journal. You will need to take an additional step and access your journal by logging into Westlaw and searching the Westlaw Directory.

Space, Hippies and Harry Potter

Lewis, Eric. The Space of Law and the Law of Space. 19 Int’l J. Semiotics L. 293-309 (2006).
Williamson, Erica. Note. Moving Past Hippies and Harassment: a historical approach to sex, appearance, and the workplace. 56 Duke L.J. 681-720 (2006).
Cromer, Julie D. Harry Potter and the Three-Second Crime: are we vanishing the de minimis defense from copyright law? 36 N.M. L. Rev. 261-296 (2006).

Renovation Update & Request for Student Input

The renovation of the 200 McAllister library is going well. The renovated library is going to be a great addition to the Hastings campus. The newly designed study spaces will be popular with students who like to work collaboratively in study rooms or alone in carrels.
There will be also be a new leisure reading area with newspapers and popular magazines in the renovated library. What magazines would you like to see in this area? Give us your input so we can decide what to buy. Do you want to read news magazines or speciality magazines about food, travel, fashion, or music? Give us your suggestions (specific magazine titles please) by emailing the Bloggy Notion or by using the suggestion box at the First Floor Library Circulation Desk.

International Law in Brief

International Law in Brief, is an electronic publication containing analytical abstracts of and links to significant primary documents relating to contemporary developments in international law. Prepared by the Attorney-Editors of International Legal Materials, a core publication of The American Society of International Law, ILIB is sent out electronically to its subscribers and posted on the ASIL Web site twice a month.
The March 26, 2007 ILIB issue summarizes United Nations Convention and Optional Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Adopted by the General Assembly 13 December 2006). The following is part of the summary.
“On 13 December 2006 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol to the Convention. The Convention and Protocol will be open for signature at the United Nations Headquarters beginning 30 March 2007.
In the Convention’s preamble, it takes cognizance that “disability” is an evolving concept resulting from an interaction between persons with “impairments” and attitudinal and environmental barriers that limit their full and effective participation in society equally with others. It further emphasizes that discrimination against any one on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the person. Women and girls with disabilities are at particular risk, both in and outside the home, of violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation. The majority of persons with disabilities live in poverty.”
Issues of ILIB are divided into three sections
1. Treaties, Agreements, and Related Documents
2. Judicial and Similar Proceedings
3. Resolutions, Declarations and Other Documents
and are archived at their website back to 1998.

First Floor Library & Gold Reading Room Info

The First Floor Library will close permanently on the Monday following commencement (May 21, 2007) so that we can prepare for moving back into the 200 McAllister Library. The Gold Reading Room will remain open for most of the summer.
As for the renovated library, it is looking very nice these days. Carpeting has been installed on all three library floors. The new lights are bright, and doors and windows have been installed in the study rooms. Window-seating study areas have also been set up. It should be any day now that the shelving goes back in. The tentative date to start moving the library is June 1st, and we are planning to re-open in August. Check back during the summer for updates on the progress.

Defunct Government Agencies

To find websites for defunct U.S. government agencies go to the CyberCemetery hosted by the University of North Texas Libraries. The CyberCemetery provides permanent public access to old websites of the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and Independent Commissions. Sites are organized by category or alphabetically, and include information such as how the agency or commission was established, who the members were, and where to find any publications they offered. Other links provide information on the topic of the agency. For instance, the charter of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission expired on October 3, 2001, but you can still find information about the commission and connect to other bioethics related links at the CyberCemetery website.

Patent Research

Google’s Beta Patent Search Engine covers the entire collection of patents made available by the United States Patent & Trademark Office — from patents issued in the 1790s through those issued in the middle of 2006, totalling almost 7 million.
Lexis-Nexis hosts the famous Chisum on Patents.
Walker on Patents was first published in 1885 and is now available on Westlaw as Moy’s Walker on Patents.
Some books with the basics can be found at the Circulation desk:
~ Intellectual Property : the law of copyrights, patents and trademarks / by Roger E. Schechter
~ An Introduction to Patent Law / by Janice M. Mueller
~ Principles of Patent Law / by Roger E. Schechter

Study Aids

The library has a number of resources and study aids that may be helpful to students. Many are available at the Circulation Desk in the First Floor Library and can be checked out for two hours.
Another place to look is on Go to the home page and click “Survival Guide” (located on the orange bar). There’s a section on the right called Exam & Class Prep which links to outlines on FindLaw. Don’t overlook the “More resources” menu right below the links list, which contains guides for specific 1L courses.
Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) produces multiple-choice lessons in almost every subject area with answers and explanations. The lessons are available online or in CD (for Windows). Students can get a free CALI CD in the First Floor Library. Or ask for an authorization code from a reference librarian, which will allow online access to all of the CALI exercises at
This link takes you to Study Aids on Lexis which include Area of Law Outlines, Understanding Series and the Questions & Answers Series.

Finding United Nations Resolutions

According to Paul Hellyer’s article in Law Library Journal, 53% of UN Documents that are cited in US state and federal cases are resolutions.
Resolutions are very easy documents to find. The General Assembly Resolutions are full text back to 1946 including Special Sessions and Emergency Special Sessions. The Security Council Resolutions are also available back to 1946. The Economic and Social Council Resolutions are here back to 1992.
If you need any help with United Nations research, stop by the Reference Desk and ask a Librarian.