Category Archives: Information Resources

2012 Presidential Election Information

As the November 6th election date draws near, you may wish to look more closely at the articles written by serious investigative journalists. Below are some sources of election information beyond the usual suspects of Fox, NBC etc., which are in the business of entertainment rather than serious journalism.

For progressive or conservative alternative press, see this list of U.S. independent media sources from Ithaca College.

How to Succeed on Law School Exams

The law library’s guide, Exam Study Materials at TJSL  lists books on exam taking, and lists study aids available in the library for various courses such as Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Torts.

Law school exam advice from the blogosphere:

Exam Prep Made Simple: Organize Your Thoughts – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
It’s Thanksgiving, Should You Be Flipping Out About Exams? – The Girl’s Guide to Law School
Common Errors in Exam Study – Amy Jarmon, Law School Academic Support Blog
Some Quotes to Keep in Mind – Law School Academic Support Blog

Law School Exam Tips – Law School Academic Support Blog

Bing vs. Google vs. Yahoo

8/17/09 Update — Try out this BlindSearch to learn your true search engine preferences. Enter your search terms and you’ll get back 3 columns of search results (from Bing, Google, and Yahoo) stripped of their branding.  Choose which results you like best, and you find out which search engine you chose.


8/6/09 Update — Bing vs. Google: Can’t choose default search engine? Want to compare Bing & Google results?
This is the right place to be. Just put your query in the search box and press Enter. You’ll see results from both engines side by side.
Search provider for Internet Explorer 7/8 and Firefox is also available – search both engines from your browser!


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Wondering whether to change your browser home page from Google or Yahoo to Microsoft’s new search engine Bing? Check out this succint comparison of various features of the 3 search engines. Tom Spring of PC World gives his well-informed opinion on the relative strengths of each. Which one is best for choosing a local restaurant? For online shopping? For driving directions? Find out here.

Related articles of interest:

Searching for Bing? It’ll Be Baked Into TV and Online Fare

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Bing!

Library Highlights: Legal Research

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.”
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
1937 Nobel Prize Recipient

Legal_ReasoningLegal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students
Nadia E. Nedzel
KF272 .E38 2008
From the Publisher: Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students Second Edition, offers broad coverage and skill-building exercises for legal research and writing courses geared toward LL.M. students. Nedzel has tailored her book with sensitivity to the needs of students who are either unfamiliar with U.S. law, or who are still in the process of mastering English, or both. Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students, Second Edition, features: a comparative perspective that explains unique and important features of U.S. law, beginning with common and civil law, explanations of practical skills—assuming no former knowledge of U.S. law or legal culture, the text is informative and clear, complete coverage of basic methods—such as IRAC analysis — for preparation of legal documents, and # integrated approach to proper citation format—explanation and instruction appears in context.

Advanced_Legal_WritingAdvanced Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy:
Trials, Appeals, and Moot Court
Michael D. Murray and Christy Hallam DeSanctis
KF250 .M873 2009
From the Publisher: This book is designed for second-semester and upper-division advanced writing courses involving advocacy and oral argument at the trial and appellate levels and in moot court competitions. The course book is paired with an electronic, computer-based version of the text that adds links to online databases and Internet-based resources and supplements the text with pop-up definitions from Black’s Law Dictionary®, audio and visual explanations and depictions, and PowerPoint introductions to and summaries of the material.

Legal_Writing_EthicalLegal Writing:
Ethical and Professional Considerations
Melissa H. Weresh
KF250 .W438 2009
From the Publisher: This book is designed to supplement a legal writing course, ethics course, or clinical course. Legal Writing: Ethical and Professional Considerations 2nd Edition tracks the types of documents typically produced in a first-year legal writing curriculum. It identifies ethical rules and professional concerns that pertain to the particular type of document, while introducing cases to illustrate how the rules should influence lawyers’ behavior when preparing and submitting those documents. It also contains notes designed to reinforce students’ understanding of how the rules should affect them as they communicate professionally in writing.

Nolo_Legal_ResearchLegal Research:
How to Find and Understand the Law (Nolo Press)
KF283 .I35 2007
From the Publisher: Excellent for anyone searching for information in a real or virtual law library (including paralegals, law students, legal assistants and journalists), Legal Research outlines a systematic method to find answers and get results. In plain, readable English, Attorneys Elias and Levinkind explain, with plenty of examples and instructions, how to: read and understand statues, regulations and cases, valuate cases for their value as precedent, use all the basic tools of legal research, practice what you’ve learned with “hands-on, feet-in” library exercises, as well as hypothetical research problems and solution.

Legal_Research_MethodsLegal Research Methods
Michael D. Murray and Christy Hallam DeSanctis
KF240 .M87 2009
From the Publisher: This book focuses on legal research tools and the theory and practice of legal research, written from a practitioner’s perspective. It discusses planning for and performing research and provides criteria for determining when you are finished with your research. It includes sample research plans for tight budgets in terms of time or expense and uses a process-oriented methodology designed to maximize research results in the most economical way.

Legal_Research_NutshellLegal Research in a Nutshell
Morris L. Cohen and Kent C. Olson
KF240 .C54 2007
From the Publisher: The Internet has dramatically affected the way legal research is conducted, but finding and using legal resources effectively remains an essential skill for lawyers. This comprehensive but succinct guide covers major primary and secondary sources, including major Web resources such as THOMAS and PACER (Public Access to Electronic Court Records) as well as online databases and library materials. Discussion includes coverage of legislative history, administrative law, practice and specialized resources, and research in international and comparative law.

Legal_Research_ExplainedLegal Research Explained
Deborah E. Bouchoux
KF240 .B683 2008
From the Publisher: This engaging text helps students develop both knowledge and confidence: using a building-block approach, which is instrumental in ensuring that students master the critical skills of legal research, Bouchoux discusses conventional print legal research sources before computer- assisted and electronic sources. Similarly, primary authorities are discussed before secondary authorities and statutes are covered before cases, because this is the order in which it happens in practice, divided into five sections: 1) conducting legal research using primary authorities; 2) conducting legal research using secondary authorities and other research aids; 3) computer-assisted legal research and the Internet; 4) legal citation form and validating authorities; and 5) “putting it all together” and providing a final overview of the legal research process […].

Website Spotlight: — making money/vote connections transparent‘s mission is to “illuminate the connection between money and politics in unprecedented ways.” The organization aims to “give citizens the tools to find out for themselves how campaign contributions affect the specific issues they care about.” Watch this 6 mins. video to learn how it works.

Some articles and other items about

Shedding New Light on Lawmakers’ Voting Records (interview on KQED) (June 18, 2009)

Mapping a better world (The Economist) (June 4, 2009)

The People’s Data (Newsweek) (February 28, 2009)

The Citizen Watchdogs of Web 2.0 (Time) (June 30, 2008)

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