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Law Library News for January 3, 2000

Mary Whisner, editor

Law Library News Archive


Welcome Back

The break between fall and winter quarters always seems to fly by. Nonetheless, we hope you had a good break and are eager to start the new quarter.

Perhaps you did not have much occasion to use the Law Library during fall quarter. If so, you might like a reminder of the services we offer:


The Law Library�s webpage has information about the Library�s services. Under Reference and Legal Research, you�ll find research guides on topics as diverse as Washington Legislative History and International Law of the Sea. The Internet Legal Resources page is a great starting point for legal research, since it links to many Washington State and federal sites, as well as to other legal indexes and search engines.

Web-Based Catalog

The Law Library�s catalog, MARIAN, is available on the web so you can search it from any computer where you have web access (as well as from terminals in the Law Library). You can follow the link to MARIAN from the Law Library�s web page or go directly to

Circulation of Books and Other Materials

Law students can check out most library materials for an academic quarter at a time. Be sure to have your Husky card with you when you want to check out anything. You can renew online (through MARIAN) or by calling or coming to the Circulation Desk (543-4086). If a book you need is checked out to someone else, you can place a hold on it (again, either online or by calling or coming to the Circulation Desk). When a hold is placed on a book, the loan period is reduced from a quarter to two weeks. This is an equitable way to share scarce resources among many library users.

Reserve Collection

The Law Library maintains a collection of high-use items on Reserve. These can be checked out only for 2 or 4 hours at a time, to ensure their availability for the most users. Your professors often place materials on course reserve for your classes. You can search for course reserves using MARIAN (see the box that says "SEARCH COURSE RESERVES: By Course By Professor.)

Reference Assistance

If you need help using the Law Library, come by the Reference Office. We�re happy to talk to you about how to use the books, how to search online databases, and when to choose which. You can also telephone for help if you are researching off campus -- 543-6794.

Assistance with East Asian Legal Materials

If you are researching Japanese, Chinese, or Korean law, go to the East Asian Law Department on the sixth floor or call 543-7447.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book or article that is not available on campus, you can request it through interlibrary loan. See the Interlibrary Loan webpage for more information.. (This service is available for your academic work only -- not for your part-time jobs.)

New Year's Resolutions

Personally, I think that New Year�s resolutions can be greatly overdone. Of course, we all have faults and there are things we could do to improve ourselves. But sometimes people get swept away with reforming zeal and think they need to address every area of their lives at once -- and mere improvement won�t do, they want perfection!

I do not advocate that you beat yourself up over every fault and set ridiculous goals. But, just in case you are making resolutions anyway, I thought I�d offer a few websites that might give you some helpful information for common resolutions. (It�s a good idea to include fun resolutions along with the serious ones. We need to remember to relax.)

Get some exercise in 2000. See the UW Department of Recreational Sports Programs,

Eat healthier. See the Food and Drug Administration�s Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition,, especially the consumer advice on nutrition and weight loss at

Address that cigarette habit. See "The Monster List of Quit Smoking Links,"

Explore Seattle. See Seattle Public Action Network, Visitor Information Center,; or Microsoft�s "Sidewalk" site for Seattle,

See more movies. See;;