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Law Library News for Nov. 22, 1999

Mary Whisner, editor

Law Library News Archive


Thanksgiving Hours

The Law Library will be closed Thursday Nov. 25 and Fri. Nov. 26. Regular hours resume Saturday Nov. 27. Holiday and regular hours are posted on our website.

Roost for Night Owls

If you want a place to study through the night, consider the Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL). In addition to carrels and other study places, it includes the UWired Commons with hundreds of computer terminals for word processing, email, and Internet research. OUGL is regularly open 24 hours a day, from Sunday noon through 9 pm Friday. From midnight to 8 am, access is limited to UW students, faculty, and staff, so be prepared to show your Husky card.

Hours are shorter Thanksgiving weekend. OUGL closes at 5 pm Wednesday and is closed Thursday. It will be open noon to 6 on Friday.

For more information, see their hours page.

Seattle Hosts the World Trade Organization

by Cheryl Nyberg

From November 30 to December 3, the city of Seattle hosts the Third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization. Approximately 6,000 representatives, observers, and journalists from more than 150 countries will converge at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center for several days of meetings, talks, and presentations.

The WTO�s activities are well-documented on the Internet. For information on the Seattle meeting, see the Seattle Host Organization�s official website. The World Trade Organization�s website includes extensive information on the issues addressed by the Organization and on its information resources. In addition to bananas, hormone-treated beef, and liquefied petroleum gas, the WTO deals with the broader issues of development, dispute resolution, electronic commerce, the environment, goods and services, government procurement, intellectual property, and trade policy. Online documents include annual and committee reports, formal notifications, guides, press releases, statistics, and the text of Uruguay Round Agreements.

For a thorough research guide to WTO and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), see Jeanne Rehberg�s item on LLRX. She describes print and online sources, including a multitude of web sources.

The WTO�s range and power alarm some environmental, human rights, and labor groups. The Seattle Times and other news sources report that a massive protest is being planned for November 30th. Among the organizations that object to the trade organization�s policies and impact are the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, and the AFL-CIO.

Other perspectives come from Public Citizen�s Global Trade Watch, a Ralph Nader-affiliated organization; the Third World Network; and the Ruckus Society.

Even if the world of international trade holds no interest for you, many Seattle residents will be affected by the meeting. Traffic around the Convention and Trade Center will be rerouted and the presence of hundreds of foreign government officials and protestors will mean heightened security and law enforcement. Add thousands of international travelers to the overflowing crowds of Thanksgiving holiday flyers and imagine the scene at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport!

Finding Help for Westlaw & LexisNexis Research

by Nancy McMurrer

Everyone occasionally runs into search problems. Perhaps you are just not sure which database contains the information you need, or you have tried a search or two that have retrieved too many documents, or too few, or not the correct ones. Where can you turn for help?

Both WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS have student representatives who have regular office hours each week. Check the bulletin board in the hallway outside the computer lab and plan to stop by when one of them is on duty. The LEXIS-NEXIS student rep is Charles Suh, and the WESTLAW student reps are Carlos Escalante and Ramona Hunter.

In addition, the vendor representatives visit the law school almost every week, and you can email them to set up one-on-one training if you would like some special help. The WESTLAW rep is Anna Guerra and the LEXIS-NEXIS rep is Jennifer Del Grosso. Any of these reps -- the student reps or the professionals -- would love to help you plan your research.

Suppose, however, that you need help immediately and a rep is not available? Stop by Room 241 and use the free hotlines to LEXIS-NEXIS or WESTLAW. There you can talk with the reference attorneys and search at the same time. Or you can stop by the Reference Office. The librarians on duty search these products every day and are eager to share what they have learned about the intricacies of online research.

If you are at home when you run into a problem, help is still only a phone call away. If the Reference Office is open, call 543-6794. At any time, you can call the LEXIS-NEXIS reference service at 1-800-543-6862 and WESTLAW reference service at 1-800-733-2889. Both of these numbers provide help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!