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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Links in Google Scholar Restored

UPDATE 7/19/16: Good News Google Scholar users! U of M Find It links are now reappearing in Google Scholar search results. Google Scholar users please note, the links to University of Minnesota e-resources that are usually provided when connecting to Google Scholar via the Law Library or University Libraries' websites are currently unavailable (as of 7/7/2016). A solution to restore the links is currently being worked on. In the meantime, you can try searching for articles in  MNCAT Discovery as a temporary solution.  If you have questions or need further assistance, contact the Reference Office: 612-625-4390, law-ref@umn.edu.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

IN MEMORIAM Edward H. Gale

Edward H. Gale

The Law Library is deeply saddened to report that Edward Gale of the Law Library staff passed away on June 1, 2016. This is a tremendous loss for the Law Library and the entire Law School community. Ed joined the Library during the summer of 1978, shortly after the Law School moved from Fraser Hall to our current facility. Over the next 38 years, Ed came to exemplify the values of the Law Library - service, hard work, commitment to excellence, and loyalty. He was always willing to go the extra mile whether it was to track down an elusive treatise, help a student figure out how to log into the library online catalog, or serve hot dogs at the annual Baseball Opening Day party. His kind smile, wonderful sense of humor, and humility touched us all. Ed will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw Access for Continuing & Graduating Students

Access over summer and beyond

Bloomberg Law

Graduating Students have continued access to Bloomberg Law for 6 mos. after graduation.
Continuing Student  have continued access to Bloomberg Law over the summer.


Graduating Students have continued to access to Lexis Advance through Dec. 31, 2016.  Rewards points must be redeemed by June 30, 2016. On July 1st the graduates’ view of the Lexis Law School Home Page will switch from their current view to the graduate view. This new view will provide helpful information for their careers and job search.

Continuing Students have continued access to Lexis Advance over the summer. More Details


Graduating Students, Grad Elite Program
Spring graduates log into Westlaw and complete the Grad Survey to see if you qualify for the Grad Elite Program. Qualifying students are provided 60 hours of Westlaw access per month (June - November). Regardless of when extension is requested, extended Westlaw access ends in November.

Westlaw Access after November
After the Grad Elite Extension, students will have 1 hour of limited access per month (snippets only) for 12 months, as well as access to job search related databases such as Westlaw Legal Directory, Profiler and the Almanace of the Federal Judiciary for 1 year.

Grad Access Outside the Grad Elite Program (Job Search)
Graduating 3Ls who do not take the Grad Survey and all graduating LL.M.s (LL.M.s do not qualify for the Grad Elite Program); will have 1 hour of limited access to Westlaw per month (snippets only) for 18 months.

Continuing Students
Log into Westlaw and click on the summer extension banner. Students can extend their passwords for summer access if they participate in one of these activities:
  • Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  • Law review & journal (including write-on competitions)
  • Research assistant
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid internship/externship

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Legal Research Brown Bag Sessions

March 31st, April 5th, 7th & 8th
These 50 minute sessions will sharpen your legal research skills and help you hit the ground practice ready this summer! Bring your lunch. Cookies provided!

Discovery & Authentication of Social Media Evidence
Thursday, March 31st  12:20 -1:10 p.m.  Room N-209
Covers issues involved in obtaining evidence from social media platforms such as Facebook in civil litigation and how to authenticate social media evidence for use in civil or criminal trials. (Michael Hannon, presenter)

Cost Effective Legal Research
Tuesday, April 5th 12:20 -1:10 p.m.  Room N-209
Covers searching techniques for cost effectiveness and time efficiency, illustrating law firm cost recovery methods and important changes in legal publishing. (Kurt Meyer, presenter)

Research Strategy & Process 
Thursday, April 7th 12:20 - 1:10 p.m.  Room N-209
Tips on how to approach a typical research assignment; questions you should ask; where to begin; research sources and methods; what to do when you’re stuck.  (Vicente Garces, presenter)

Technology for Lawyers
Friday, April 8th 12:20 - l:10 p.m.  Room N-209
This session will cover a wide variety of technologies and technology issues that lawyers should be aware of.  It will cover the kinds of software law firms use, mobile apps for lawyers, and warnings about the common technology pitfalls lawyers need to be aware of. (Scott Uhl, presenter)

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Native American Law Database

ProQuest Indian Claims Insight allows researchers to search Indian claims content in unprecedented ways including keyword, full text, docket number, and more.  Content includes decisions, transcripts, docket books, journals of the Indian Claims Commission, a judicial panel for relations between the U.S. Government and Native American tribes; and related statutes and congressional publications.

Content includes:

  • Pre-1948:  claims presented to Congress and/or brought before the Court of Claims;
  • 1948-1978:  Indian Claims Commission, including briefs, docket books, decisions, expert testimony, oral transcripts;
  • Post-1978:  Claims brought before the US Court of Claims (through 1982) and US Court of Federal Claims (through 2006); documents related to post-2006 settlement of claims; legislative histories and congressional publications directly related to Indian claims, including congressional publications indexed by docket numbers; important Supreme Court decisions; and maps.

ProQuest Indian Claims Insight is available at libraries on the U of M Twin Cities campus.  Remote access is available to U of M Twin Cities students, faculty and staff.

For more information on Indian Claims Insight, consult the ProQuest's LibGuide to Indian Claims Insight and ProQuest's Historical Overview of the Indian Claims process.

National Survey of State Laws, 7th ed. 2015 on HeinOnline

The new 7th edition of National Survey of State Laws is now available on HeinOnline. This award-winning publication is an excellent resource for comparative state law research. Search or browse state laws by broad categories, e.g. business and consumer laws or narrower topics, from abortion to wills.

In addition to the 7th edition, the 6th edition (2008) and the 5th edition (2005) are also available on HeinOnline allowing users to compare the same laws as they existed in 2005, 2008 and 2015.

HeinOnline and the National Survey of State Laws is available from libraries on the U of M Twin Cities campus and remote access is available to U of M Twin Cities students, faculty and staff.