Spring Exams

Spring is in the air.  Daylight savings time has begun and you can enjoy an extra amount of evening light.  Which also means, exams are just around the corner.

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The library has digital study aids to assist in your exam preparation.

  • Too many choices?  There is a research guide for that.
  • Need off-campus access?  There is a link for that.
  • Want to practice on an old exam?  There is a place for that too.

Chronicling America: Not JUST an Online Newspaper Archive

The Library of Congress  is sponsoring the historic newspaper database.  It consists of scanned and OCRed newspapers from 1789 through 1924 and bibliographic data from 1690 to present.

Just reading newspapers from 100 years ago is interesting in itself.  But what else should be done with this digital archive? Beyond advanced search options: proximity terms, phrase searching, and Boolean logic the dataset features an API.

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An API (application programming interface) is a set of protocols that enables programs to easily talk to other programs. In this instance, a programmer can quickly pull a JSON (Java Script Object Notation) dataset from the archive for manipulation.

Why is this important?  Open archives and structured datasets invites new and creative research opportunities and insights.  For example, a researcher can track how newspaper word usage evolved over this time frame. Or a researcher could create tests for tracking the prevalence of “fake news” in the past.

What questions do you want to ask 125 years of newspapers?

Edit: As exciting as this dataset is, it is also a bit disappointing.  The archive stops in 1924 – no doubt because of copyrighted works not being in the public domain.  The wealth of research that could be done, and the data that could be created and linked is being stifled by copyright law. New laws could enable the information revolution to accomplish much more.

Spring ALERT Program

Welcome back!

What you have been awaiting: the spring 2017 ALERT schedule.

  • Topic 1: Researching Ethics Decisions (1/18 @5:00 and 1/19 @1:00)
  • Topic 2: Tech Tools (2/8 @5:00 and 1/9 @3:00)
  • Topic 3: Fastcase! (3/1 @5:00 and 3/2 @3:00)
  • Topic 4: Tools/Databases for Transactional Practice (3/29 @5:00 and 3/30 @3:00)

Sign up here.

And

Read more about the ALERT program here (ok, yes both links are the same).

Break!

For some, it is the most wonderful time of the year.  Exams end and a long break begins.

It is not wonderful for me.  I am so very sad to see everyone go. Come back!  /s

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The library will only be closed for a couple of weeks. Whew! We will be back for limited hours on January 2, 2017 before swinging into full hours.

Here are specifics:

  • Thursday, December 15th & 16th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17th – Sunday, January 1st:  Closed
  • Monday, January 2nd – Friday, January 6th: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday January 7th and 8th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving & Exam Hours

As usual, we’re changing up the library’s hours for the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming exam period.

During the week of Thanksgiving we are operating with reduced hours, as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 21s & Tuesday, Nov. 22nd: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23rd: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24th – Saturday, Nov. 26th: Closed

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We will reopen for extended hours on November 27th through December 14th. During this period, the building is closed to those not affiliated with the College of Law.  Since we are open until midnight, do remember you can call a safety escort when you are here studying late.

After the exam period (whew!), we will again have reduced hours until the winter break, as follows:

  • Thursday, December 15th & 16th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

The above is also on our calendar.

Casebook Audio +

Many law students are overcome with excitement when they find a way to LISTEN to the edited cases found in their law school casebooks.  AudioCasefiles, a part of Lexis Courtroom Cast, offers both individual cases and entire casebooks.

But wait, there’s more.  Courtroom Cast also offers:

CVN News – articles and video clips of legal news coverage
CVN Video Library – over 12,000 hours of on demand courtroom video
CVN Experts – find expert testimony recorded in the courtroom
CVN Training – the ONLY training platform with real courtroom video and expert commentary

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Accessing Casebook Audio:

Lexis Casebook Audio contains audio versions of selected cases from your casebooks. To access these audio files, one must scroll down to the bottom of the page, select the proper subject under the heading of “Browse Audio by Casebook,” and then choose the casebook which is being used for your class.  Unlike having a computer read the text of the opinion, these use real people and are much easier to listen to. These audio versions can be very helpful for those who have a significant commute each day. This can also be helpful for those who just get tired of reading so many pages each week.

Courtroom Training:

Upper level students will also appreciate the courtroom training videos. These cover a variety of topics, such as trial advocacy, rules of evidence, and appellate advocacy. The videos break these different skills down into manageable sections and provide commentary and analysis to improve one’s ability to better represent a client. The site also contains videos of complete trials, including many from Georgia. If you were ever interested in how a trial proceeds while in the courtroom, this could be very helpful.

Enjoy!