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January 27, 2003
Ann Hemmens, Editor

Law and Economics
SmartCILP: E-mail Alert for New Law Review Articles
Taking Care of Library Resources

Law and Economics
by Mary Whisner

Scholars use many other disciplines to examine law. One of the most robust fields is Law and Economics. Curious?

When I want a quick introduction to a new area, I often look for a nutshell and, indeed, there is one here: Jeffrey L. Harrison, Law and Economics in a Nutshell (2d ed. 2000), K487.E3 H37 2000 at Reserve.

Want something weightier? The classic text is Richard A. Posner´┐Żs Economic Analysis of Law, now in its 6th ed. (2002), KF385 .P65 2002 at Reserve.

A five-volume encyclopedia is available (free!) on the web, at http://allserv.rug.ac.be/~gdegeest/. (The article on the Coase Theorem is coauthored by Prof. Richard Zerbe, from the Evans School of Public Affairs, who is also an adjunct professor here in the UW Law School.)

SmartCILP: E-mail Alert for New Law Review Articles
by Jonathan Franklin

SmartCILP is a service that provides a weekly e-mail listing recent law review articles on particular topics.  It is great for tracking your areas of interest.  If you want to see the tables of contents from particular journals, you can do that too.  Even better, SmartCILP has embedded links to Lexis and Westlaw, so if the article is online, you can be reading it in one click.  The vast majority of law schools subscribe to it, as do many large law firms. 

SmartCILP, produced by the Gallagher Law Library, is now available to all UW law school faculty, staff, and students.

A sample SmartCILP e-mail is at http://lib.law.washington.edu/cilp/sample.html.

After setting up a SmartCILP profile, subscribers receive an e-mail message each week that focuses only on the subject headings and journals they selected. This e-mail message is clearly marked as "SmartCILP" to allow easy identification and review of results. SmartCILP profiles can be changed each week, allowing subscribers to tailor the delivery of CILP to their changing research needs. 

If you are interested in setting up a SmartCILP profile, please use the password sent to condhall and set up your profile at http://staff.washington.edu/adt/scilp3.cgi.

You can also come to the Reference Office to get the password or for assistance with SmartCILP.

Taking Care of Library Resources
by Larisa Bosma

We all do it --- highlight (or underline) important quotes in books we own. But you can't write in library materials. There are many other methods of marking pages for future reference: the least damaging is plastic paper clips, which won't rust or tear paper. Sticky notes and post-its are convenient and easy to see, but the adhesive on these can be very damaging to books if left for long periods of time (see http://gateway.library.uiuc.edu/preserve/postit.html). When using library materials, please use the least intrusive method of page-marking possible and remember to remove these markings before returning your books! Respect for the Library's collection saves physical resources and staff repair time. Thank you!