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Law Library News for Oct. 28, 2002

Ann Hemmens, editor

Law Library News Archive

 

What Do the Federal Register and Harvard Law Review Have in Common?

Very early (i.e., old) versions of each are available online now in a product called Hein Online. Hein Online contains two valuable full-text collections for legal researchers: the Federal Register (pre-1980) and select law reviews (pre-1980). This is currently the only place to find these early editions online. They have the years 1970-1974 of the Federal Register currently and will have 1970-1980 by the end of this year, and back to 1936 eventually.

You can find current editions of the Federal Register and law reviews online in many places (LexisNexis, Westlaw, the Internet, etc.) and in the Library, but if you want them online go to Hein Online. These materials are PDF page images (so they look exactly like the original paper version) and they are searchable or browseable.

The link to Hein Online is on the library catalog webpage  under the �Connect to Databases� heading. Within Hein Online, the link to the Federal Register is on the left side of the screen. It is a UW restricted database, so to access it from home (or anywhere off-campus), you need to make sure that your computer IP address is recognized as a UW user. For instructions see, Connecting to Online Library Resources. If you have questions about how to access or use Hein Online just stop in the Reference Office, call us (543-6794), or email us.

Entering Condon Hall Afterhours

As a member of the UW Law School community (faculty, student, and staff), your Husky Card has been activated to allow you entry into Condon Hall afterhours (i.e., after 5pm weekdays and on the weekends). This enables you to use the card reader at the northeast and southeast corners of the building.

But the multiple layers of stickers on the card (U-Pass or Husky stickers) make the card too thick to function in the optical card readers (so just scrape off the old stickers before putting on the new ones!). Remember that one of the doors in the southeast corner of Condon (corner of NE Campus Pkwy. & 12th Ave.) is open and will allow you access to the Law Library all hours that the Library is open (so you don�t need your Husky Card to get into the Library).

Who Are You Going to Vote for?

It�s time to vote soon - Election Day is Tuesday November 5, 2002. There are state and local initiatives and candidates to consider. There are five state measures on the general election ballot dealing with topics including license tab fees, unemployment insurance, and transportation financing. The following websites have information on the candidates and issues on the ballot:

  • Elections in 2002, from the Washington Secretary of State, http://www.vote.wa.gov/, contains links to the five state ballot measures and the Voters Guide to Candidate Statements (including federal, judicial, and state legislative candidates). The state measures section contains the full text of the two statewide initiatives, two referenda, and proposed constitutional amendment, along with explanatory information, arguments for and against, and fiscal impact statements.
  • The VoteWashington.org website, http://www.votewashington.org, provides links to websites containing local election information for counties across Washington State. For King County, go directly to King County Election Information, http://www.metrokc.gov/elections/. The King County website includes an online version of the 2002 King County Local Voters' Pamphlet with explanations of King County and local propositions (e.g., Seattle low income housing proposition), statements for and against each, as well as candidate statements for races in King County including County Council, Superior and District Court Judge.
  • 2002 Seattle General Election Voters' Guide, http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/ethics/el02a/report/home/intro.htm, is the site to consult for information on local propositions on the ballot such as the Monorail Ballot Issue, and four City Charter amendments.

The voting polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on November 5th. Your precinct's polling place is on your voter registration card and also will be listed in the newspaper the Friday before Election Day.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday of October each year in the United States. We implement DST by setting our clocks ahead one hour in the summer and back one hour in the winter (remember the old saying, �spring forward and fall back�); this provides more daylight time during waking hours. Make sure you set your clock back one hour on Sunday October 27th.

Benjamin Franklin originally suggested DST in 1784, but it was not formally adopted until the passage of the Uniform Time Act of 1966, Pub. L. No. 89-387, 80 Stat. 107. Under this law, the Secretary of Transportation is �authorized and directed to foster and promote widespread and uniform adoption and observance of the same standard time within and throughout each standard time zone.�

Ever wonder about the geographic boundaries of the eight standard time zones? They are in the Code of Federal Regulations (see, 49 CFR Part 71). For more information on the history of Daylight Savings Time see, http://www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html.