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Law Library News for January 7 , 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Email Reference Just for You

by Mary Whisner

We in the Reference Department are eager to help you use the Law Library, search databases, and solve vexing research puzzles. During the quarter, the Reference Office on the 2d floor is staffed, as in past years, Monday-Thursday. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can come by or telephone (206) 543-6794.

But what if you�re home, thinking about research in the middle of the night? Or what if you just would rather write your question than telephone or come into the Reference Office? We are now offering email reference service to UW law students. You can ask a question using the form on the Law Library website. We�ll get back to you with our suggestions.

Email reference is an extension of our traditional reference service for students, just in a new medium. That is, we still are helping you to do the research yourselves, rather than telling you the answer. So, for example, a law student working in one of the clinics needed some social science information to prepare for the examination of a witness. Her research had hit a dead end, so she asked for help. A reference librarian suggested a database and a sample search that got her on her way.

Our goal is to respond to your questions within two working days although it is likely that we will usually be able to reply much more quickly. If you need quick reference assistance, please call or come by during the hours the Reference Office is open.

What's on the Gallagher Law Library Website?

Have you visited the Gallagher Law Library website and discovered the extensive amount of information available? Here are some of the highlights of what you'll find at the website:

How do you find documents and information on the Gallagher Law Library website? Several ways:

  • Click on the category that is relevant to your need (e.g., Library Catalog, Research, Law Library News)
  • Site Search allows you to search the website (including the Website of the Week and Law Library News archives, but NOT the library catalog) by keyword. For example, a search for "holocaust," retrieves two websites of the week - Nuremburg War Crimes Trials and A search for "biotechnology" retrieves two research guides, "Biotechnology and the Law" and "Research in Health Law." The Site Search box is in the upper right hand corner of the website.
    Site Index is a browsable keyword index of the documents on the website. The Site Index is found under the "Quick Info." category on the website.

Book of the Week: Looking at Law School

by Mary Whisner

Looking at Law School: A Student Guide from the Society of American Law Teachers, edited by Stephen Gillers (Meridian, 1997). KF283.L55 1997 at Reserve

Part I, �Deciding to Go to Law School,� is moot for you: you have already made the decision and picked your school. Nonetheless, this book of essays by law professors (one essay is coauthored by a lawyer) could be worthwhile anyway. Part II, �The Law School Experience,� has essays about the classroom climate and the messages of legal education, along with three essays aimed at students of color, women and parents, and lesbians and gay men. Part III discusses the first-year curriculum, subject by subject. Part IV has essays on jurisprudence, legal ethics, clinical studies, and law and economics. Most of the chapters include footnotes or bibliographies, so they can be good starting points for further reading. For instance, if you would like to learn more about feminist jurisprudence or critical race theory, read the chapter on jurisprudence and its bibliography.

For additional descriptions of selected books see the Book of the Week Archive.