Are you a 1L working through one of your weekly research assignments? Are you doing research for your substantial writing? Do you have research questions for work? If so, we’d like to help you! Manned by trained law students and professional law librarians, The Reference Desk can help you find the resources and answers you are looking for. The desk is open Monday- Friday, 8 AM- 9 PM and Saturday 9 AM-5PM. You can drop by in person, call us at 801-422-6658, or click the “Ask a Librarian” button. We look forward to assisting you.
BYU Law was #1 in U.S. News’s recent “10 Law Schools that Leave Grads with the Least Debt.” The article looked at indebtedness of the Class of 2014 and found that BYU Law Grads had an average debt of $54,203, which was less than half the average debt load of the entire Class of 2014 ($111,899).
The Law Library is happy to welcome the class of 2018 to the law school! We’re excited that you’re here with us and want you to know that we’re here to help you throughout your legal education. In addition to the study carrels and the books you see around you, the law library has many electronic databases available to help you in your studies and research. Check out our website to find many of the great resources available to you. We do our best to keep you up to date on new databases, research tips, and more through our law library blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help. Here’s a little information for you to get to know us. We look forward to getting to know you!
HeinOnline has just released a new, enhanced interface that is both modern and fresh. If you are like me you probably loved Hein’s content, but did not love the awkward and sometimes confusing site layout. After listening to feedback from its users, HeinOnline now boasts a simplified, clean and update look that is far more intuitive than the previous version. In addition to the improved layout, the new site is mobile friendly, has a stationary search bar and new home button, all making navigation much more user-friendly. Take a minute to jump on and explore the new-and-improved HeinOnline.
On July 28th ProQuest Congressional launched its new interface. The fresh new look is both appealing and user-friendly.
Some of the improvements include:
- Home page:quick starting points to help new users connect with popular content
- Search by Number: Organized to help users quickly locate the type of citation they are looking for
- Date option improvements: the date limiter options now make it easier for users to limit their search to a range of years
The addition of social media content allows users to find posts by Senators, Representatives and Federal agencies from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and press releases.
Updated Bill Profiles allow users to view bill tracking graphics in their results. The profiles are easy to sort and filter and can be downloaded to spreadsheets. Bill texts and all related materials can be accessed by links. Each profile includes the bill’s status, a summary, all versions of the bill text, committees involved and a list of sponsors.
Due to a new agreement with the American Law Institute, HeinOnline’s ALI Library will now contain current content, including pocket parts. This means that ALI Library users can conduct research by accessing both historical and the most recent materials available. These fully searchable documents include historical content,drafts, current content, pocket parts to help update research, and law review articles. The most current content under each title in the Library will appear in bold type for easy identification.
The organization of the ALI Library has also been aligned with American Law Institute categorizations and a new sub-collection, Current Projects, has been added.
Another helpful feature of the ALI Library on Hein is their Case Law Linking. Case citations are hyperlinked (to Fastcase) within the text and allow researchers to access both historical and recent full text cases.
Take a look at the exciting things BYU law faculty members are working on by subscribing to the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School Research Paper Series on SSRN.
It’s that time again when hotly anticipated orders are being issued by the U.S.’ top court. This session the Court is addressing everything from religious rights in the workplace (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores) to whether or not the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits “disparate impact” (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.). Arguably one of the most anticipated issues of recent history focusing on the Fourteenth Amendment and marriage (DeBoer v. Snyder & Tanco v. Haslam) is also being decided.
A great resource for following all of the Court’s exciting action is SCOTUSblog. The blog, about all things Supreme Court, is written by members of the legal community including lawyers, law professors and law students. The site live blogs as the Court hears oral arguments and announces opinions. The site also provides comprehensive coverage of all of the cases being argued before the court and maintains individual case archives of briefing and other documents. Bloggers also provide links to PDFs of opinions as they are released by the Court. The Court is expected to release its next set of orders on Monday morning, so tune in to follow all of the developments live!
ProQuest’s Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. is getting a makeover!
The cleaner, more intuitive interface will go live June 1st
ProQuest has based the upgrade on extensive user testing and feedback. Their goal is to make the interface of Statistical Abstracts an easier and more valuable experience for users.
Other improvements users can expect see include:
- More responsive design making use on any device, mobile or otherwise, smoother
- A more reader-friendly interface
- Better in-line previews for tables and improved document viewing
- Reorganization of the screen to highlight more popular features, making them easier to find
- New and improved navigation for filtering and refining results after an initial search
Pro Quest is running training sessions May 29 to June 18 – sign up here!
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