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Law Library News for October 30, 2000

Ann Hemmens, editor

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May I Help You?

by Mary Ann Hyatt

Whenever the Library is open, someone is at the Circulation Desk ready to help you locate and check out materials. You'll see both permanent staff and student assistants at the desk. Our Circulation Supervisor is Vickie Northington. Some of our other experienced desk staff are Patty Roberts, Cindy Goldman, Oliver Kay, Nikki Pike, and Larisa Bosma. Just let us know if you need help!

Internet Legal Research Sessions

You probably use the Internet for fun things like e-mail, finding sport scores and even buying plane tickets. But how confident are you when it comes to using the Internet for legal research?

The Law Library is offering a course, "Internet Legal Research - Washington" just for you! It is offered during lunch (you eat, we talk) on Nov. 6th and 7th (12:30-1:20pm) in Room 139. The course is based on a CLE we conducted in September. You will learn how to develop strategies for locating free Washington primary law resources on the Web.

Printing in the Law Library

You may have noticed that there are no printers near the computers in front of the Reference Office on the 2nd floor. So how do you print a document? The Law Library has a pay-to-print policy for printing from computers in the Library. Any document -- from the Internet, word processing, library catalogs and indexes, Lexis-Nexis, and Westlaw -- can be printed via the Copy Center on the 4th floor. You can send a print job to any copy center on campus.

For Law Students Specifically

In the Computer Lab on the 2nd floor you can print to the Condon Computer Lab printer, which is coin-operated. The printer charges $.08 per page for multiple prints. However, the vend station will not refund pennies, and will round up to the nearest nickel. To print double-sided (and get two pages for the price of one!) select Print, then click on Properties, then More Options and under the heading Printing on Both Sides, select "flip on long end."

Westlaw provides 750 pages of free printing to UW Law School students. To print for free from Westlaw, you must use the Print button in Westlaw (not the Print button on the tool/menu bar of the Browser). Next choose the Stand Alone Printer and your print job will go to the Westlaw printer in the Computer Lab on the 2nd floor. If you choose Attached Printer you can send the print job to any Copy Center on campus including the Copy Center on the 4th floor. You can also e-mail or download the information.

The Copy Center (Room 409, 4th floor; 685-2623) is run by the UW Copy Services Department (543-7336). It has a high-speed laser printer capable of printing the different materials that can be found using the library´┐Żs computers.

  • Cost for printing is $.08 a page; pay with cash, check, or credit card.
  • Automatically prints double-sided (so you get two pages for the price of one!)
  • Hours: 8am-10:30pm Monday-Thursday; 8am-5:30pm Friday; 11am-5pm Sat. & Sun.

Instructions for Printing from Computers in the Library

  1. Find the item that you wish to have printed. The document may be a record from MARIAN (the Law Library's online catalog), a group of records from LegalTrac (the legal periodical index), a list of citations from Keycite, or a full-text document from a website. The text of the document should be displayed on the screen.
  2. Click on the Print icon at the top of the screen (in the Browser tool bar) OR from the menu bar, click on File, then Print.
  3. In the popup window, type your name.
  4. Click on Next.
  5. In the second popup window, type a unique document name (any length).
  6. Click on OK.
  7. Go to the Copy Center on the 4th floor (Room 409). Tell the attendant that you submitted a print request from one of the Library's computers. The attendant will ask for your name and your document name.
  8. You can find out how much the print job will cost before the job is run. The cost is $.08 a page and you may pay with cash, check, or credit card.

More Options

There are free alternatives to printing an electronic document:

  1. email the document to yourself; or,
  2. bring a disk with you to the library and download the document to it.

For those times when you just need the citation or call number and location of something you have found in our catalog or in an index, we provide pencils and scratch paper by all terminals.

If you have questions, please call Mary Ann Hyatt, Assistant Librarian for Access Services at 685-9459, or a Reference Librarian at 543-6794.