New on the shelves – August 2015

new-book-making-modern-american-fiscal-stateOur list of new books is now updated.

Last month’s new books included titles on education, climate change, and legal careers. We also received a few new “non-legal” titles that are shelved with the social sciences titles, downstairs in the stacks. One of these, Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929, by Ajay K Mehrotra, was highlighted on the TaxProf Blog earlier this year:

Mehrotra’s award-winning book is a tour de force. It chronicles a transformative period in the development of the American fiscal state during which the old order — characterized by indirect, hidden, mercilessly regressive, and partisan taxation — gave way to a direct, transparent, steeply progressive, and professionally administered tax regime. …Mehrotra identifies and informs all of the relevant schools of thought about state-building at the turn of the century, including the influence of national crises, the “corporate liberal” view that Progressive Era reforms were designed to deflect more radical change, “progressive” historical accounts of ineluctable advancement and “great men,” and “democratic-institutionalism” as advanced not just by historians but also political scientists, sociologists, and economists.1

Check it out downstairs in the Stacks at HJ 2373 .M44 2013.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

1 Dennis J. Ventry Jr., Book Review, 46 J. Interdisc. Hist. 133 (2015), via Paul Caron, Ventry Reviews Mehrotra’s Making the Modern American Fiscal State, TaxProf Blog, (Jun. 3, 2015),

Tax Notes Updates

taxNotes2015Now you can set up a password to read TaxNotes publications on their spiffy new site.

To sign up:

  1. Make sure you’re on the UCI Law network (either on a desktop at the Law School, or logged into the VPN.)
  2. Click “SIGN IN” in the blue menu bar area towards the top left.
  3. Follow the steps to register.

You must be within the law library’s IP range for the initial sign up. But after signing up, you can use your ID and password to access anywhere.

The sign up process only takes a minute, and you can select specific tax topics of interest. There’s a short video for sign-up help at (skip ahead to around the 30 second mark to skip the intro.)

New on the shelves – July 2015

Our list of new books is now updated.dying-with-dignity-cover

July was an eclectic month for new books, with subjects ranging from grocery store law, to a history of legal aid in the U.S., to law in the work of philosopher Slavoj Žižek.

One of our new books is Dying with Dignity by Professor Giza Lopes. Assisted death has been in the statewide news this month1 as the California legislature reconsiders right-to-die legislation, and UCI is hosting a public debate on Doctor Assisted Suicide in September with Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and School of Medicine Professor Aaron Kheriaty. Dying with Dignity provides historical and comparative context for the issue. From the publisher’s abstract:

“Spanning a period from 1906 to the present day, [the book] examines how and why pleas for legalization of “euthanasia” made at the beginning of the 20th century were transmuted into the physician-assisted suicide laws in existence today, in the United States as well as around the world. After an introductory section that discusses the phenomenon of “medicalization” of death, author Giza Lopes, PhD, covers the history of the legal development of “aid-in-dying” in the United States, focusing on case studies from the late 1900s to today, then addresses assisted death in select European nations. The concluding section discusses what the past legal developments and decisions could portend for the future of assisted death.”

Check it out downstairs in the Stacks at K 3611.E95 L67 2015.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.

1. See, e.g., Patrick McGreevy & Chris Megerian, California Lawmakers Revive Measures on Assisted Suicide, Smoking Age, L.A. Times (Aug. 18, 2015),

A new look for ProQuest


Snapshot of an updated ProQuest screen.

Journal editors: take note again! Starting on August 20, another popular resource for scanned PDF sources is changing for the better. Several ProQuest systems will get a refreshed look, including:

(Sadly, no update yet for ProQuest Digital Microfilm. This is the handiest campus resource for full-page scans of some of the biggest US papers: Barron’s, LA Times, NY Times, WSJ, and Washington Post, starting in 2008.)

Source Collection 2015 – Materials

source-collection-training Here’s some of the material from Friday’s Law Library presentation to the new editorial staff members of the UCI journals.

Congratulations to the new editors! We in the Law Library look forward to working with you this year.

Study Room Reservations (pilot program 2015-16)

Upstairs. One of the study rooms.

One of the study rooms.

Law students can now reserve study rooms online up to two weeks in advance.

Check out your key at the Service Counter when your reservation begins. To book a room:

  1. Choose one of the study rooms in the Law Library:
  2. Click “Book it”
  3. Use the retro-cool online booking system to choose the date and time. Note: be courteous to fellow students:
    • Only book once per day, and only book up to two weeks in advance.
    • Make sure your group size fits the group-use rooms.
    • Not sure if your multimedia need works in our multimedia room? Talk to Law Library staff before booking.

We’d appreciate any feedback you have on the system as we test it out!

Library keychains

library-keychain-greenHelp us folks at the service counter by flashing your UCI Law keychain as you enter the Law Library, so we know you’re a UCI law student. If you don’t yet have one of the nifty green and white keychains, stop by the service counter and pick yours up.

Everybody at the Law Library will get to recognize law students as the school year goes on. But for now, please help all of us at the Service Counter with our visitor policies, so that the library remains a comfortable place to study and collaborate.


Orientation 2015

book iconLaw Library tours and related Library orientation activities are this week! Here’s some useful information for 1Ls, transfers, and visiting students.

1L Survival Guide – Law Library basics, plus books and resources for law school success, legal research & writing, and exam prep.

Hours for the Law Library are updated on our website. Some popular library resources include:

  • Printing, scanning, and copying. See UCI Law Library > About > Computing
  • Study rooms. See UCI Law LIbrary > Students > Study Rooms
  • Phone & laptop chargers, blankets, and other amenities. See UCI Law Library > About > Using the Law Library

Course & study materials – a few places to start:

  • Course Reserves Search – for textbooks and other readings that professors put on reserve.
  • Study Aids – how to find them in ANTPAC.
  • CALI online lessons – ask me for the code.

Books in print or online – three places to start:

  1. ANTPAC – for books and journals at UCI campus libraries, including the Law Library.
  2. Melvyl – for books, journals, and other resources at libraries all over the world — resources that you can borrow via ILL (Inter-library loan.)
  3. Encore – for books at UCI, plus journal articles from 5 databases.

Off-campus access to Law Library resources usually needs the VPN (Virtual Private Network.) Check VPN Instructions from UCI Law IT.

Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg questions can go to representatives.

  • Lexis: Michelle C. Yacoob,
  • Westlaw: Kristen Knepper,
  • BloombergBNA: Tania Wilson,