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Law Library News for October 22, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

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"Good Reads" in the Law Library

by Mary Whisner

You use the Law Library�s resources to do research, solving particular problems that are presented in practice, in moot court, or in class assignments. For that purpose, we have hundreds of thousands of books, looseleaf services, and journals � not to mention subscriptions to online databases.

In addition to doing research to solve problems, you might also consider reading some of our books on the side. You might ask: �Aren't all of the books in the Law Library dull as dust? Why would anyone want to read them if they don�t have to?� I suggest that some of them are interesting. If you liked to read history, biography, or books about social issues before you came to law school, you will find that we have books that will appeal to those interests here. (I feel so strongly about this topic that I recently wrote an essay about it: Mary Whisner, �Good Reads� in the Law Library?, 93 Law Libr. J. 517 (2001), available at

To find biographies, just search for a person�s name as a subject in the Law Library�s catalog, MARIAN:

marshall, thurgood
nixon, richard

To find books about various issues, try a keywords search � e.g.,

surrogate mother*
salmon and conservation
gay* and military
insider trading

If you want to go beyond the Law Library, it�s easy to borrow books from other state universities (UW, WSU, WWU, CWU, EWU, and Evergreen) via CASCADE.

Printing & Copying in the Law Library

The Law Library has a pay-to-print policy for printing from computers in the Library. We just added a new public printer, so now law students have three printers to choose from in the Library. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to print documents from the Internet, library catalogs, indexes (e.g., LegalTrac), and databases.

The new printer is located in front of the Reference Office and is available all hours the Library is open. It only takes a UW Copy Service QUICK CARD, which can be purchased from the card dispenser machine in front of the Circulation Desk. This is the same card you can use in the photocopy machines. Instructions are posted near the printers. The printer in the Computer Lab (2d floor; limited to law students) also accepts only the UW Copy Services QUICK CARD. If you don't want to buy a copy card, you can send your print jobs to the UW Copy Center (Room 409, 4th floor; 685-2623). They accept cash, check, or credit cards. The Copy Center is open most, but not all hours that the Library is open. Hours of operation are posted at their order window.

All of the computer terminals in the Library (floors 2, 4, 5, and 6) send print jobs to the public printer on the 2d floor by default. You can change the destination of your print job by selecting the File button from the menu bar of the browser, then Print, then in the Printer Name box click on the drop-down menu and select any of the locations. The three printers in the Library are labeled "Law Library 2nd Floor," "Condon Computer Lab," and "Condon Copy Center."

Printouts (whether made with the copy QUICK CARD or sent to the Copy Center) cost 8� per page. Since the printers default to double-sided printing, a page is one-side of a piece of paper.

Remember, there are free alternatives to printing an electronic document. You can email the document to yourself or bring a computer disk with you to the Library and download the document to the disk. Or if you just need to write down a law review citation or the call number for a book, look for boxes of scrap paper and pens near all of the computer terminals in the Library.

So what about photocopying that case or law review article your professor mentioned in class or that you need for your research paper? There are four self-service photocopy machines located near the Circulation Desk. These copiers accept cash or change as well as the UW Copy Service QUICK CARD. Cost is 10� per page. If you have a lot of material to copy you may want to take the books to the Copy Center (4th floor) and they will make the copies for you. This service costs 12� per book page or 6� per flat page (tax included).

Look for an article in an upcoming issue of Crier about printing (and free printing limits) when using LexisNexis and Westlaw.