Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday's Legal Resource: 360 Search

Many members of South Texas College of Law may already be familiar with databases such as Hein Online and LegalTrac, which allow users to search for articles in legal periodicals. However, the Fred Parks Law Library also subscribes to several databases that allow users to find non-legal articles. Members of the South Texas College of Law community can find a listing of all the databases the library subscribes to in the Database channel on the library tab in Stanley.

If you want to limit your search to journals that provide full text articles online, both legal and non-legal, the E-journal Portal is a good choice. There is a link to the E-journal Portal in the channel on Stanley entitled Find Full Text Journal Articles. Simply click on the E-journal Portal link and type in the name, or part of the name, of the journal you are looking for. E-journal Portal will then provide a results list with links to databases where you can find full text articles from that journal. You can then click on the link to that database and search for the article you are looking for. As always, please feel free to speak with a reference librarian if you need help using this, or any other database.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Interactive 2008 Presidential Election Maps

Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., M.L.I.S., Reference Librarian

If you are a political junkie, there is no better fix than an interactive Electoral College presidential election map. These maps allow you to create various scenarios for victory by one party or another:

270ToWin is fun. It has a simulator in which the user virtually rolls the die based on polling data. organizes polling data from a number of sources, and also has a map, with a mouse rollover feature which displays polling data for each state.
The Economist features a world interactive map.

Other maps:

The New York Times

The Los Angeles Times

PBS News Hour

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Library Closed

Due to approaching storm Ike in the Gulf, the South Texas College of Law, including the Fred Parks Law Library, will be closed starting at 5:00pm on Thursday September 11, 2008. Current notification state that we should resume normal hours on Monday, September 15, 2008.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Blogs and the Election - Our New Democracy!

Jessica Alexander, J.D., M.L.I.S., Reference Librarian
Blogs have exploded. Authors include famous people and your best friend. During the next two months election news and discussions will be published at a feverish pace. It could even be said that blogging will influence the outcome of the election. As opposed to an opinion-editorial (op-ed) piece in a newspaper, a blog is published daily on line and usually allows feedback by the public.

Here are a few suggestions for deciding which political blogs to follow?

1. Google - pull down the "More" button on the main page and select blogs; there is an advanced search option in the blog search engine.

3. What are your favorite political magazines, the National Review, The Nation, U.S. News and World Report, The New Yorker, The Economist, Mother Jones... Peruse their web pages and there will be a list of bloggers who contribute to those magazines.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tuesday's Legal Resource: Congressional Universe Digital Collection Update

The Fred Parks Law Library recently added the digital collection to it's subscription on Congressional Universe. Now when preforming a search you will no longer need to copy the CIS number to find documents in microfiche, you will be able to obtain most documents in both html and as a PDF copy of the original.

The collections (and dates) that will now be available on PDF are:
  • LexisNexis Congressional Serial Set
  • LexisNexis Congressional Research Digital Collection Historical Archive
  • LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection 1824-1979 LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection 1980-2003
If a digital copy of the document you are looking for is available in PDF format, it will read as "LexisNexis Congressional Research Digital Collection, Full Text Available" in the results listing. To obtain the PDF copy all you need to do is click on the link in your result that reads: "Replica of Original".

Please note that not all documents will be available in PDF format. To obtain copies of the original in such a case refer back to the original post on Congressional Universe.