Monthly Archives: February 2011

Addendum – Trial Databases

As noted in the earlier post, Law Library Initiates Trial Database Page, we are promoting the use of databases that we are considering adding to our collection. The Coleman Karesh Law Library has just added 6 more databases from HeinOnline that we would like students and faculty to review. They are:

Harvard Research in International Law-The collection includes access to the reprint of The Harvard Research in International Law as well as Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal.

Intellectual Law Property Law Collection-With nearly 2 million pages of legislative histories, treatises, documents, classics, and more relating to copyrights, patents, and trademarks

Kluwer Law Collection-Contains twelve Kluwer Law International Journals including: the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law & Industrial Relations, European Public Law, European Review of Private Law, and Legal Issues of Economic Integration.

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws-This provides access to the full text of all Model Acts drafted, recommended or endorsed by the Conference.

Selden Society and the History of English Law-This library includes the Selden Society Annual Series, Selden Society Supplementary Series and the Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Selden Society published in 1987.

United Nations Law Collection-This collection contains exact reproductions of major United Nations legal publications.

You can access the databases through HeinOnline. Please go to the trial database page and let us know what you think of the databases. [DEL]

Law Library Initiates Trial Database Page

The Law Library is constantly monitoring databases and sources of legal information to provide access to the law school faculty and students. In an attempt to have the most input and commentary on new databases prior to any purchase we have set up a trial database page for everyone to use proposed new databases. We have added a link to survey monkey to allow to comments on the databases prior to our purchases.  USC students and faculty please review these databases as they pertain to your interests and let us know what you think about them via the survey or an email.

This month we have two databases on the page, Paratext’s, 19th Century Masterfile and Gale’s, The Making of Modern Law. These databases can be accessed from the trial database icon on our homepage. ( [DEL]

Australian Parliamentary Documents Available on the Web

Attention, foreign law fans! Documents from the Australian Parliament are now available at no charge online. Documents are offered in a variety of formats, including HTML, PDF, and Word. Individual documents are not guaranteed to be offered in all formats. The search engine is quite sophisticated and offers a variety of search options, as well as a results aggregator that groups documents by year, by document type, or Parliament Number. My own exploration indicates an archive at least as deep as the 1900s. Thanks to the Australian Parliament for a marvelous new resource.

Conventional Wisdom and Judicial Notice

Judicial notice is defined as “a court’s acceptance, for purposes of convenience and without requiring a party’s proof, of a well-known and indisputable fact; the court’s power to accept such a fact” Black’s Law Dictionary 923 (9th ed. 2009).

Many interesting (and ordinary) things turn up in case law as judicially noticed. Examples include the fact that that sneezes vary greatly as to type and duration (Pyle v. Bradley, 269 P.2d 842 (Nev. 1954)), the characteristics common to snowmen (Eden Toys, Inc. v. Marshall Field & Co. (675 F.2d 498 (1982)), and a mother’s love (Perkins v. Perkins, 293 S.W.2d 889 (Ark. 1956)).


How do you cite an e-Book?

Scholars are wrestling with the concept that e-books are outselling regular texts.  This includes scholarly publications.  Citations experts are now confronted with the problem of how to cite an e-book.  This problem is also compounded by the various electronic formats of e-book readers. Kindle does away with page numbers and Sony Reader changes the text based on font size and model of device. The three major academic citation Associations are now working to develop a citation method for e-book. To read more indepth about the  issue, see the Chronicle of Higher Education, The new world of electronics will bring more changes to academics as we try to adapt to changing reader patterns and technology. [DEL]