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Law Library News for September 25, 2000

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive



To those of you returning as 2Ls and 3Ls, welcome back to Condon Hall! We hope you enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to another exciting year. To the entering class (1Ls as you will soon be called), we're glad to have you here! Each week, this column serves to update you on things you need to know about the Library. We also include research tips, information on new print and electronic sources, and some entertaining and challenging trivia contests.

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Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 11am-11pm

What We Did during Your Summer "Vacation"

by Cheryl Nyberg

Law Library staff work year-round to improve services for you. This summer, we have

Improved Keyword Searching

To make it easier to find books and other material in the Library's collection, we improved the keyword search feature of the Law Library's online catalog, MARIAN. Keyword searches now cover words and phrases in the author, title, subject heading, series, publisher, and contents fields. You may also restrict your keyword search to books in a particular language, published after or before a specific year, issued by a certain publisher, and found in a specific Library location (like Reserve or Reference Stacks). For instance, you may use enhanced keyword searching to identify a hornbook or nutshell on criminal law that is located on Reserve, where the most recent editions of such material are found. Stop in the Reference Office or at the Circulation Desk for a demonstration.

Joined Cascade

What if you are looking for a book that is not available at the Law Library, or even at one of the other libraries on the UW campus? We have a new service called Cascade that might solve that problem. Cascade is a database that combines the library catalogs of six state-supported colleges and universities. You can even directly borrow books from these other libraries and the books will be delivered to the Circulation Desk of the Law Library!

Hired a New Reference Librarian

Ann Hemmens, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina's library school (2000) and law school (1993), joined our reference staff in June. Ann has spent the summer getting acquainted with the Library's collections and the intricacies of Washington legal research. She is one of the smiling faces you'll see in the Reference Office; please welcome her.

Created New Legal Research Guides

We continue to expand the number of legal research guides available at the Law Library's website. Among the recent additions are guides on

Staff from the Reference and East Asian Law Department regularly update existing guides and prepare new ones to help you conduct efficient and effective legal research.

Do You Need Help? The Library Has All of the Answers

The Law Library staff are ready, willing, and able to help you with all of your study and research needs. Here is a quick introduction to some of the important tools and services we offer:

The Reference Office, 2d floor, 543-6794. Our fine team of reference librarians is available to answer questions large and small. We can direct you to the bathroom; we can explain step-by-step how to identify and collect congressional documents for a federal legislative history. We are experts on legal information and research, print sources (yes, Virginia, books are still important for successful legal research!), and all things electronic. We wrote the book on Washington legal research; really, we did! Check out the award-winning Washington Legal Researcher's Deskbook 2d (KFW75 .W37 1996 at Reserve & Classified Stacks). If we don't have the answer, we can find out who does. Stop by early and often!

The Circulation and Reserve Desk, 2d floor, 543-4086. Our excellent circulation staff can assist you with checking out books and retrieving items on Reserve (including Course Reserves), and using the online catalog. As law students, you can check out most material for the entire academic quarter, but the time period may be shortened if someone requests the item. Reserve items may be checked out for either two or four hours, to ensure that all students have access.

The Law Library's catalog, MARIAN is your key to identifying and locating material in the Library. You may search by an author's name or the title of a book. No problem if you don't have that information; search by keyword. MARIAN tells you what books we have, where they are located in the Library, and whether the book is currently checked out. And if the Law Library doesn't have the book you want, you can search the catalog of the other libraries on campus or Cascade, a combined catalog of six state-supported colleges and universities. Reference and Circulation staff can help you conduct a search.

The Law Library's website provides a wealth of information for the hard-working student or professor. You can find information on the hours the Law Library is open, Law School exams, computer-based legal research, links to Internet legal sources, and dozens of legal research guides. When the Library is closed or you are working from home, turn to the Library's website: you're likely to find the information you need.

Study space is available throughout the Library. The 2d floor Reading Room has the most concentrated grouping of tables. Unassigned carrels are available on floors 4, 5, and 7. The Study Rooms on floors 4, 5, 6, and 7 are for UW law students only; groups have priority but individuals can use them as well.

Covered drink containers are allowed in the Law Library, but be careful of the angled tabletops! No food is allowed in the Library.

We're Getting Wired!

You may notice some disruption on the 4th floor; we are working to wire the 38 study carrels on that floor for Internet access. Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks.