Jessica de Perio Wittman, Director of the Law Library, Associate Professor of Law,
Hello, and welcome back to UConn Law!
The Law Library staff have been working to provide access to our resources and services while protecting the health of our community. Even though the Law Library building is closed for the Fall semester, our library will continue to emphasize digital services and support. Although this means that we cannot offer in-person services, the library staff remains committed to connecting you to the information and resources you need.
The celebration of Juneteenth this year felt different in light of social events sweeping the country. For those of you unfamiliar, Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in America, as the Union army finally reached the slave state of Texas and announced the end of the Civil War there on June 19, 1865. There has been a groundswell of calls for the date to be federally recognized as a national holiday.
And while I wholeheartedly support the move, our job as reference librarians is to give you the tools to make the case, which I’m sure you’d do a better job of anyway! The research process always starts with asking the right questions. In this case, things like… What is the mechanism for declaring a national holiday? And how would you even go about making the case for inclusion of this date?
Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis and Westlaw all have summer access provisions and usage policies for continuing and graduating students. Read below for more information!
Returning Students You may use your Westlaw account through the summer for noncommercial research, such as law school activities, research assistant assignments, work for a nonprofit, or in an unpaid internship.
Tiger King on Netflix shocked and entertained us all by exposing the underbelly of exotic animal zoos. If you haven’t see it yet, buckle the hell up, as you’ll be introduced to cult leaders, drug king pins, alleged black widows, and the man of the hour himself, the self-proclaimed “gay, gun-toting redneck,” Joe Exotic, a former candidate for president and current resident of county jail. I know that most of you, like me, were wondering as the story got crazier and crazier by the minute, what exactly happened with that piece of federal legislation, the Big Cat Public Safety Act? Legal research has got you.
Maryanne Daly-Doran, Digital Services Reference Librarian,UConn Law
There's a new, online option to schedule One-on-One Research Consultations with the reference librarians here at the law library. Students can now use Calendly to self-schedule a 30 or 60 minute research consultation of your choosing. Now you can easily pick a time slot and date that fits your schedule.
One-on-One Research Consultations are designed to provide in-depth research assistance for a given topic, provide help getting started with a research topic, or help choosing a research focus.
As I’m sure you all have noticed, the law library catalog has recently gotten a facelift. On display is the new, sleeker Primo. Now with less tabs!
All the content you’ve come to expect from our catalog is still there, just repacked to make sure you get the most out of our library’s resources, including from your mobile devices!
Click on the links above the search bar to: obtain results by subject (Browse), be directed to all of our research guides arranged by subject (Research Guides), or search an A-Z list of the databases in our catalog (A-Z List). New Search will bring you back to the catalog homepage. Don’t forget to click on the Ask a librarian link below the search bar to contact us!
We at the UConn Law Library are excited to announce the addition of three new databases from ProQuest, all available through our catalog:
Supreme Court Insight is an online collection of full opinions from argued Supreme Court cases, including per curiam decisions, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices, and amicus briefs. Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document-by-document basis.
Tanya Johnson, Reference Librarian,University of Connecticut School of Law
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.
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