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, michelle.yacoob@lexisnexis.com
  • Westlaw: Kristen Knepper, kristen.knepper@thomsonreuters.com
  • BloombergBNA: Tania Wilson, twilson@bna.com

California’s online statutes are now authenticated!

CAauthenticSeal In July, the California Legislative Information site announced that their online versions of California legal information would be authenticated for the California Constitution, California statutes, and California Codes.

See: leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

Journal editors: note Bluebook Rule 18.2., which (in the 20th edition) addresses states’ ongoing evolution toward providing (free) statutes online, in various flavors of “authenticated” and “official.”  Also note that the Law Library continues to collect and update (expensive) commercial versions of annotated California statutes by Lexis (Deering’s) and West.

Interested in the topic of California legislative information online? There’s a long Q&A (which they call a FAQ, and which is in PDF format) about Electronic Legal Materials Authentication and Preservation, linked from the California Legislative Information FAQ at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/home.xhtml

A new look for HeinOnline

HeinOnlineHome2015Journal editors: take note! This archive of scanned legal sources has been updated. You’ll find faster, easier access to its most popular content, like legal journal articles and US primary law resources.

To get directly into HeinOnline:

  1. Make sure you’re on the UCI network.
  2. From heinonline.org, click the “LOG IN” button, and it’ll bring you to the refreshed home page.
search screen
Search by Citation in HeinOnline

One especially nice change is the more obvious option to search by citation, right at the top of the screen:

New on the shelves – May 2015

whats-wrong-with-copying-cover Our list of new books is now updated.

In May, the Law Library received books on women and the law, human rights, intellectual property, and international law, among many other topics.

One of our new books is What’s Wrong with Copying? by Professor Abraham Drassinower. From the publisher’s abstract:

“[The author] frames an author’s work as a communicative act and asserts that copyright infringement is best understood as an unauthorized appropriation of another person’s speech. According to this interpretation, copyright doctrine does not guarantee an author’s absolute rights over a work but only such rights as are consistent with both the nature of the work as speech and with the structure of the dialogue in which it participates.”

Check it out upstairs in the Reading Room at K 1447.15 .D73 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.