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March 29, 2004
Sarah Hollingsworth, Editor

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from your Spring Break---we hope you have returned refreshed and ready to tackle whatever new challenges the Spring Quarter may hold in store. The staff of Gallagher Law Library wants to take this opportunity to remind you that we are here to serve your legal research needs in any way we can.

SmartCILP: Keeping Up with the Literature

By now, most of us are familiar with a variety of news alert services---Google Alert, Westlaw's WestClip Service, and LexisNexis's Eclipse, just to name a few. But did you know that Gallagher Law Library maintains a similar service with over 1600 subscribers located around the world, including large law firms across the nation and the vast majority of law schools?

SmartCILP is an outgrowth of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP), Gallagher Law Library's weekly, not-for-profit publication which provides timely access to 100+ topics covered in over 525 law reviews and other scholarly legal publications. Since 1948, CILP has been available several weeks before other, similar indexes (e.g., LegalTrac), a fact which contributes to this publication's continuing and outstanding reputation for timeliness.

In the late 1990s, Gallagher Law Library utilized new technologies to develop SmartCILP---an additional service that provides to its subscribers a weekly e-mail that lists recent law review articles that have been published on user-designated topics (e.g., admiralty, civil rights, intellectual property, etc.). Significantly, this valuable service is available free of charge to all UW School of Law faculty, staff, and students.

SmartCILP has been growing steadily since its inception, and as we all know, sustained popularity of this magnitude is no accident. SmartCILP, for example, provides several useful features to its subscribers, such as the ability to:

  • Scan coverage of entire issues by electing to view the tables of contents from particular journals;
  • Access articles of immediate interest with just a single click on SmartCILP's embedded links to LexisNexis and Westlaw; and
  • Tailor delivery to your changing research needs by simply modifying your user profile as frequently as needed.

Sound interesting? If so, you can take a look at a sample issue of SmartCILP at If this looks and feels like something that might be useful to you, contact the Reference Office in person, by email at, or by phone at 206.543.6794, to obtain an authorization code. With that in hand, you can set up your personal preferences at And that's all there is to it. After creating your SmartCILP profile, you'll receive an e-mail message each week---clearly marked as "SmartCILP" to allow easy identification and review of results---that focuses only on the topics and journals you selected.  

This is a terrific way to stay on top of your professional reading, and we hope each of you will take advantage of this service while you are here at the UW School of Law. 

A Bit of Federal Register Trivia

with thanks to Peggy Jarrett, our Documents & Reference Librarian

►What is the largest single issue of the Federal Register and what was its sole subject-matter? 

The first correct answer submitted before noon on April 6, 2004 on the Law Students' Email Reference Form wins the submitter his or her choice of prizes!