New ProQuest Congressional Interface Launched

On July 28th ProQuest Congressional launched its new interface. The fresh new look is both appealing and user-friendly.

New ProQuest Congressional

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.

ProQuest Congressional Social Media

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.

Bill Profile

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HeinOnline’s ALI Library Now Includes Current Content!

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 These fully searchable documents include historical content,drafts, current content, pocket parts to help update research, and law review articles.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.

ALI Current Content

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.

ALI Sub category

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.

Caselink

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BYU Law Paper Series now on SSRN

BYU SSRN

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.

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SCOTUSblog

SCOTUS Blog

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!

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Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. Reboot

ProQuest’s Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. is getting a makeover!

The cleaner, more intuitive interface will go live June 1st

Statistical Abstracts

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!

View the LibGuide here.

 

 

 

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BYU Law Ranked #22

BYU Law was recently ranked #22 in Above the Law’s Top 50 Law Schools for 2015. ATL’s ranking looks at employment score, quality jobs score, SCOTUS clerk and federal judgeship scores, education cost, alumni rating, and M7 ratio (debt per job).

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Religion & the Law

Law and religion

The Law Library is excited to announce the newly acquired digital library, HeinOnline’s Religion & the Law. Included in the collection are books, periodicals and bibliographies that relate to religion and the law. The 1,200 titles include works on:

  • Canon Law
  • History of the Church & State
  • Religion & Freedom
  • Jewish Law
  • Reformation Period
  • Early Constitutions of the Church
  • Religion & Politics
  • The Bible in Public Schools

The collection “provides a research platform for the development, history, organization, and fundamental principles of various world religions.” This library is also a dynamic one, as Hein anticipates the ongoing addition of new material in the future.

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Book River

If you’ve been to our library you’ve likely noticed the display of book jackets we have just inside the glass walls of the Reserve Library. These are from books that we’ve recently added to our collection and gives us a way to highlight what we’re adding to the library. At the reference desk we often get people who see a book cover and stop by to ask where they can find the book.

On our website we’ve recently released a web version of these book jackets. If you scroll towards the bottom of our website you will see a book “river” that rotates through the book jackets of many of the books that we have recently added to the collection. If you click on a book, it will take you to our catalog to help you find the actual book. We hope this will give you an additional way to find the great resources we have here in the library.

recent acquisitions

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Library Closed May 11-15

Due to planned electrical upgrades to the Law Building, the Law Library will be closed May 11-15.  Please make arrangements to visit the Law Library before the 11th if you need to use our print or electronic collections.  Electronic resources will still be available off campus for Law School faculty and students during the closure. If you have reference questions while we are closed, please feel free to email me at neverss@law.byu.edu.

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Research Help This Summer

Congratulations everyone! You made it through another year of law school. We hope you get a chance to relax for a bit before you set off for your next adventure of summer jobs and externships.

When you are ready to get back to work we want you to know that the Law Library is still here for you over the summer.  Our reference desk is open from 8am-8pm M-F and 9am-5pm Saturdays. You can contact us by phone at 801-422-6658 or if you go to our webpage you will find an “Ask A Librarian” link next to the catalog search box.

Ask a librarianThat button will allow you to email or chat with a reference librarian so you can get some help with your research projects.

If you’re looking for other summer research tips, here are a few in a short article I wrote a few years back: Observations for Summer Research Success.

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