The American Presidency Project

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With the Presidential election coming up very soon, now is a great time to reflect not only on the current candidates, but also on the Presidency itself and the individuals who have previously occupied the Oval Office.  There is a wealth of information available, but perhaps the best resource is the American Presidency Project (APP), hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  The APP is a non-partisan website that collects almost every public statement ever made by a President, or more recently, a presidential candidate.  Whether you are interested in the history of Presidential elections or only want to hear what the current candidates think about the issues, the APP has some excellent ways to find what you need.  You can browse through the different collections, or you can search the entire archive.

A New Way to Search for Library Materials

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Arriving on January 26, 2016

A new way to search for library materials

  • Search for print and online content simultaneously
  • Find and link to articles from a single search box
  • Filter search results by
    • Date
    • Resource type
    • Author
    • Journal
    • Subject
    • Physical or virtual location
    • Language
  • Save searches, search results and set up alerts

The Bluebook

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The Bluebook evokes strong feelings among its users. Some love it for its detailed rules, multiple tables of abbreviations, and obsession with punctuation, and others hate it for the exact same reasons. So every five years or so, when a new edition of the Bluebook is released, some eagerly study it, and others groan at the thought of relearning some rules and shelling out another $40.

This summer, the 20th edition of the Bluebook was released, bringing small and large changes to sure to delight or annoy, depending on your perspective.

Summer and New Graduate Access to Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

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Continuing students can extend their passwords for use over the summer for academic purposes only.  These purposes include: summer law school classes, law review & journal work, projects for a professor, moot court, and unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship (or pro bono) work required for graduation.  Non-permissible uses include any work for a law firm or other for-profit employer.  To extend your password, go to https://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/summerextension.aspx.

For new graduates, Westlaw has a Grad Elite program which extends access for academic and bar examination preparation purposes through November 30, 2015.  New graduates will need to fill out the Grad Survey to extend their access, and the extension has an overall cap of 60 hours of use through the end of November.  To register, log in at lawschool.westlaw.com and select the appropriate extension banner.

Employment Opportunities Are Looking up, so Learn Legal Research Now!

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A March 9, 2015 article in the National Law Journal states that entry level employment for summer associates and recent graduates is slowly but steadily increasing. The article cites a report on the 2014 recruiting year from the National Association of Law Placement (NALP).  According to the NALP data, about 93% of 2014 summer associates were given offers of employment at the conclusion of their summer. 

Journals, Articles, and Writing Requirements...OH MY!

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It’s a busy time of year for citation-checks, sourcing and research and the Law Library is here to help with all of your scholarly needs.

The Law Library participates in Interlibrary Loan exchanges with libraries around the world. UConn Law Faculty, staff and currently enrolled students are eligible to borrow research material otherwise unavailable at the Law Library through Interlibrary Loan. We partner with numerous libraries nationally and even internationally to provide you with the material needed for your research. So don’t fret if you cannot find a particular item within our collection!

Items that can be requested through interlibrary loan include:

New Library Materials - November 2014

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The list of New Library Materials for November 2014 can be viewed here.  In case you missed last month's email, you can access an archive of the New Library Materials List here.  Both the New Library Materials List and the archive are always accessible from the catalog homepage.

Highlighted Research Tools: E-Journal Locator and Citation Linker

New Library Materials - October 2014

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The list of New Library Materials for October 2014 can be viewed here, and you can view an archive of the New Library Materials List here. Both the New Library Materials List and the archive can always be accessed from the catalog homepage.

Did you know?  Members of the UConn Law community have access to nearly all of the electronic resources available from the UConn Babbidge Library at Storrs. The Babbidge Library's database list is available from that library's homepage. The librarians at UConn Law include access to relevant databases in our database list.

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Highlighted Database: Sports Business Research Network (SBRnet)

With UConn sports heating up and the interest in sports law on campus, I thought I would highlight the Sports Business Research Network (SBRnet) database this month. The Sports Business Research Network provides continuously updated market research and news on all aspects of the sports industry including equipment sales, participation and attendance rates, consumer expenditures, sports facilities, licensing, and TV and online media reports and trends.