Monthly Archives: September 2013

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Code of Federal Regulations

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This forty-ninth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline’s Code of Federal Regulations database provides access to the CFR from its beginning in 1938 to the present day. This collection, while not as diverse in its content as some others, certainly provides in-depth coverage of the regulations. The database is searchable by Year, Title, Part or Section – as well as through a convenient citation locator tool. And, as with much of the content available on Hein, the items retrieved are presented as scanned images of the actual documents.

One may also further explore the collection through helpful links found to the left of the screen: these resources include indexes, lists of sections affected by updates, reference/research guides, and help features. This database would be an excellent research tool for anyone seeking to compare changes in certain regulations over a number of years, or even someone working from home and needing a section of a recent volume.

To access the Code of Federal Regulations database in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection, the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL), the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the United States Code, the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, and the Bar Journals collection.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Bar Journals

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This forty-eight installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline’s database called “Bar Journals” contains publications from various states’ and cities’ bar associations, and other lawyer-related magazines.  Among those available are South Carolina Lawyer, including issues from 1989-2013; South Carolina Bar News, from 1989-2013; South Carolina Bar Association News Bulletin, from 1955-1989; as well as publications from every other state and Washington DC; some from law schools, such as Duke Bar Association Journal; and more general publications, such as Appellate Advocate.  Some of the journals are accessible back to the 1920’s; most of them contain all volumes published.  There are also some foreign journals, for example, Nassau Lawyer.  The publications are listed in alphabetical order, and the articles are listed by title and in the order in which they appeared in the original magazine.

To access Bar Journals, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection, the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL), the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the United States Code, and the Manuel of Patent Examining Procedure.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Manual of Patent Examining Procedure

This forty-seventh installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logoThe Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) is published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency in the United States Department of Commerce.  The MPEP  is based on Chapter 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which derives its authority from Title 35 of the United States Code.  The MPEP is an indispensable resource for patent attorneys and agents and patent examiners to assure that USPTO regulations are followed.  The Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (more commonly referred to as the patent bar) requires extensive knowledge of the MPEP.

Originally published in 1920, the current version of the MPEP  is the 8th edition, Revision 9, published in August 2012.  HeinOnline provides access to every edition of the MPEP in a web-based, fully searchable format.  This provides a valuable resource to any researcher interested in current patent law or the development of patent examining procedures over time.

To access the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection, the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL), the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and the United States Code.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – United States Code

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This forty-sixth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline’s United States Code database provides access to every installment of the Code from its beginnings in 1925/1926 to the most recent available volume. This resource is especially useful for finding scanned copies of older statutes when the printed volumes are not available, if you are researching from home, or if you would like to make use of Hein’s search features.

This collection also includes older resources covering US statutes before the Code as well as relevant commentaries. While not as organized as the section on the Code itself, these additional documents offer insight on federal statutory authority before the inception of the US Code.

HeinOnline also offers a database covering the US Statutes at Large: stay tuned for coverage of this and other databases in upcoming installments of Great Resources!

To access the United States Code database in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection, the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL), and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Great Resources: HeinOnline – American Association of Law Schools (AALS)

heinonline-logoThis forty-fifth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline, available through the Coleman Karesh Library’s electronic resources, includes a database called “Association of American Law Schools (AALS).”  AALS is an organization that includes 170 law schools, and was founded in 1900.  The University of South Carolina has been a member since 1924.  This resource includes the AALS directories of law teachers from 1922-2012; the AALS handbook from 1984-2012; the proceedings of the AALS annual meetings from 1900-2007; Clinical Law Review Volumes from 1994-2013; and Journal of Legal Education Volumes from 1948-2013.  AALS has been involved in litigation in many high profile cases, for example having to do with the First Amendment, and the journal publications include articles about some of their activities.  They are arranged chronologically and by page number, but there is also a form to search by citation, or more generally by keyword.

To access the Association of American Law Schools, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection, the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL), and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Legal News of the Day: Like Something on Facebook! It’s Free Speech!

facebook-like-logoOn Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held in Bland v. Roberts that the use of the “Like” button on Facebook qualifies as constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment and cannot be used against public employees.  The case arose after five former appointees at the Hampton, Virginia sheriff’s office were not reappointed after they used the like button to support his opponent’s campaign.  The court rule that their public expression did not interfere with their job duties as public servants and likened their actions to putting a campaign poster in their front yards, a type of speech that has long been protected.

Great Resources: HeinOnline – Kluwer Law International Journal Library

This forty-fourth installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

heinonline-logoWolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company.  Through the Kluwer Law International Journal Library, HeinOnline provides access to 21 titles, including Air and Space and Business Law Review.  The collection is particularly useful to those researching aspects of international and comparative law, as well as international business issues.  Some of the titles that may be of interest to a researcher in these areas include the Global Trade and Customs JournalArbitration International, Asian International Arbitration Journal, and European Business Law Review.

This collection allows for full-text searching, as well as field searching, and researchers can search the entire collection or only specified titles.  This allows the researcher to find articles quickly and efficiently within the collection.

To access the Kluwer Law International Journal Library, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection and the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL).

Great Resources: HeinOnline – American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

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This forty-third installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.

HeinOnline’s American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) collection is a great resource for anyone with an interest in legal scholarship, librarianship, or even legal research in general! This database brings together a number of AALL’s publications and encompasses materials from 1908-2013, including the organization’s newsletters and journals. Among these is AALL Spectrum, the current newsletter, and the Law Library Journal (updated to 2013).

A quick look inside the most recent edition of the Law Library Journal reveals articles on naming federal statutes, building library collections, the mission of law libraries, and conducting more meaningful legal research; among others. This journal would be an interesting read for anyone looking to improve their research skills, keep up-to-date with trends in law library development, or gain greater perspective on how legal information is organized and made available.

To access the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) collection in Hein, click here, select HeinOnline under “Legal Search Engines Research,” and select the collection from the list to your left. Happy Researching!

To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, the Intellectual Property Law Collection, the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, the American Indian Law Collection, the World Constitutions Illustrated collection, the Taxation and Economic Reform in America, Parts I and II collection, the U.S. Presidential LibraryEnglish Reports, the World Trials Library, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the Federal Register Library, the Foreign & International Law Resources Database, the National Moot Court Competition collection, the American Law Institute Library, the History of Bankruptcy:  Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III, the Statutes of the Realm collection, the Legal Classics Library, the History of International Law, the U.S. Federal Legislative History LibraryPentagon PapersTreaties and Agreements Librarythe Canada Supreme Court Reports/Revised Statutes of CanadaU.S. Congressional Documents, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals, the Law Journal Library, the Selden Society Publications and The History of Early English Law, the Subject Compilations of State LawsEarly American Case LawSpinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Philip C. Jessup Library, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws collection, the Harvard Research in International Law collection, and the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family collection.

How the NSA mines our data

There has been lots of discussion recently about the data being collected by the NSA but very little that is helpful in understanding how such a large data-mining operation is actually carried out.  Popular Mechanics has a very helpful piece, identifying the various players, recapping the timeline of the controversy, walking the reader through the steps of the program, and explaining what the folks at NSA are looking for.

OUP Debate Map on Military Action in Syria

Trying to follow all the legal coverage on potential military action in Syria but getting lost in the debate? John Louth of Oxford University Press has released a new, freely-accessible Debate Map through the Oxford Public International Law website to allow students and researchers to track more readily the legal debates surrounding the possibility of military action against Syria. The map covers different issues of international law separately and provides details on the dates, commentators, and positions for the arguments that have taken place. This is a great resource for anyone interested in witnessing the development of principles of international law in current affairs.