Westlaw Classic is Going Away

Some important news for those of you who still use Westlaw Classic:  As of July 1, 2014, Westlaw Classic will no longer be available on academic contracts.  You will need to use WestlawNext for all of your Westlaw research.

Your current One Pass credentials (Username and Password) give you access to both Westlaw Classic and WestlawNext.  This Username & Password will continue to be your login for WestlawNext.  You don’t need to make any changes before July 1, 2014.  Over the next week or so, if you sign on to Westlaw Classic, you will begin to see a reminder message of its upcoming demise.

The librarians are available if you have any questions or would like help using WestlawNext.

Our Online Catalog Has a New Look

The Mendik Library is pleased to announce  new enhancements to its Encore catalog interface – a state-of-the-art “discovery engine.”

Encore has a trimmer and cleaner look with tags listed on the left instead of displaying in a cloud. In the facets column on the left you can now access course reserves and other drill-downs to move you from broad search results to a more specific and focused list of resources.  Links to relevant full text articles from our HeinOnline subscription are now displayed at the bottom of the results screen.

This enhancement of Encore helps place New York Law School among the leaders in law school library technology. We hope you will enjoy using Encore to help navigate all of our resources. So give it a try and let us know what you think! We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Mendik Mobile: See the App in action!

What’s Mendik Mobile?  It’s an App that will let you access some of the Mendik Library’s key services on your smartphone. It’s a free download and is now available for Apple, Android, Blackberry and a wide variety of other smartphone platforms.

Want to see the App in action?  Visit the Library Reference Desk on Tuesday, October 18, at 12:45 pm and/or 5:45 pm.  As an added bonus, you can have your photo taken with your favorite librarian while enjoying some sweet pre-Halloween treats.


Free Federal Rules Ebooks

Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute (LII), in partnership with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), now offers free electronic versions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence.  These electronic files become ebooks when viewed on a Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, or any other device that supports .epub or .mobi files.

The federal rules ebooks include the text of the rules and the Advisory Committee notes.  They support handy electronic features such as internal hyperlinks and external links to the LII website’s version of the US Code.

To download these ebooks, visit http://elangdell.cali.org/content/federal-rules-ebooks-legal-information-institute.  You’ll find links and complete tech help instructions on that site.


Westlaw.com: Problems with printing PDF documents

Internet Explorer uses: Are you having problems on Westlaw.com with printing and downloading PDF documents?

There are several changes you can make in your Internet Options to fix this problem. Please open Internet Explorer and under Internet Options:

– Add to Trusted site list – Tools >> Internet Options >> Security Tab >> Trusted Sites >> Sites:
Lawschool.westlaw.com, web2.westlaw.com, print.westlaw.com, *.westlaw.com

– Tools >> Internet Options >> Security Tab >> Trusted sites >> click custom for list of options >> Make sure all of the items under Downloads section are set to enable .

Download ie7vistafirefoxpopup_blocker_issues.pdf

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Technical Problems with Electronic Resources

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing technical problems with access to many of the Web subscription services that the Library offers. You may notice the problem when you are trying to navigate to the Web pages for resources such as Hein Online, JSTOR, Making of Modern Law, and the BNA services. You will get an error message saying that there is a problem with the Website’s Security Certificate. Many Web browsers, such as Firefox and Safari, will let you click past this message and get to the service you’re trying to access. But Microsoft Internet Explorer may completely prevent you from moving past the error message page. Please be assured that there is NO security risk to your computer in using the services; this is merely a technical problem. If you are using Internet Explorer, you can work around the problem by switching to a different browser. We apologize for your inconvenience. Our OIT Department is troubleshooting the problem, and we hope to have it resolved very soon.

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RSS Feeds from the Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress’s Law Library of Congress now offers RSS Feeds on the following topics: News & Events, Research Reports, Webcasts, and Global Legal Monitor.

The "Research Reports" feed, for example, includes such topics as "How to Do Russian Legal Research" and "Children’s Rights: International Laws."

These new feeds are just a small portion of the complete list of Library of Congress RSS Feeds.

(From the RSS4Lib blog)

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Launch of Ms. JD blog

"Concerned by the rates at which women opt out of the legal profession, the lack of representation of women in the highest courts and echelons of the legal community, and the role of gender in the progression of many women’s legal careers, a group of female law students from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Stanford, UCLA, UT Austin, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and Yale came together and created Ms. JD. Serving women in law school and the legal profession, Ms. JD will be an online community that provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and aspiring lawyers.

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Tax Research Resources

Are you taking any tax classes this semester?  Do you ever need to quickly find a tax “reg” or private letter ruling, or even a section of the Internal Revenue Code which is not in your class supplement?  If so, take a look at the new edition of Tax Research Resources on the Library’s site.

This website is a guide to both print and electronic resources here.  You may access most of the electronic resources offsite, and the guide explains exactly what to do to use them.  If you need help beyond this guide, send a note to the reference desk at reference@nyls.edu or call us at (212) 431-2332 or stop by and see us in person in the library on the 4th floor at 40 Worth St.

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