Law Library News
|Nov. 15, 2004|
Mary Whisner, Editor
Did you miss an interesting lecture by a visitor to the law school? The Law Library has many lectures on videotape, for example:
The Law Library also has some commercially-produced tapes on legal topics, such as:
How can you find videos? In the Law Library catalog, choose keywords search. Use the "Material Type" pull-down menu to restrict your search to "video record."
Each group study room has a VCR.
OK, the serious videos have their place. But you can also use the library to get videos and DVDs that can give you a break from all this serious law stuff!
Summit is a combined catalog that has the holdings of dozens of college and university libraries in Washington and Oregon. Many of those libraries collect Hollywood feature films -- as well as independent films -- and will lend them through Summit.
Again, use a keywords search, and restrict it by "Material Type." This time the menu option if "Videos/Films." When you find something you'd like to borrow, just click on "REQUEST THIS ITEM."
If don’t want to take too big a break from law, there are plenty of movies on legal themes. For example, Summit has A Few Good Men, The Firm, A Civil Action, Erin Brockovich, 12 Angry Men, Legally Blonde, and The Paper Chase.
-- Mary Whisner
What’s the General
All of these questions and more can be answered by The United States Government Manual, a terrific compendium published by the Office of the Federal Register. It includes organizational charts, agency descriptions, addresses, phone numbers, website addresses, and more.
The current edition is kept in the Reference Area and the Reference Office (call number JF421 .U57). Do you like history? Or do you have need to find out how an agency was structured at some time in the past? The Law Library has editions going back to the first one – in 1935, at the start of the New Deal.
Web versions are available, starting with the 1995-96 edition, at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html.
By the way, the answers to my questions above: