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Oct. 4,  2004
Mary Whisner, editor

LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Microsoft Service Pack 2
-- Nancy McMurrer

If your computer has the Windows XP operating system, you may have already installed or will be installing the Microsoft Service Pack 2. It provides a significant upgrade for your computer, but you may find that it affects some of your Internet-based programs.

Westlaw and LexisNexis are two programs that are affected. Both have detailed (and easy) instructions about what to do so that they will function as before. For links to those instructions, go to Westlaw’s link to its instructions also appears on the screen after you sign on. The LexisNexis link can also be found on the right side of its law school homepage,

-- Larisa Bosma

Want to avoid library fines? Want to keep your library karma in good standing? One simple solution: Get to know mylawlibrary, a one-stop-shopping feature of the Law Library catalog that lets you manage your library business. You’ll find the link to mylawlibrary on the left side of the MARIAN page (

The mylawlibrary page lets you renew items you’ve checked out or view and cancel holds you've placed on books.

A mylawlibrary feature called My Reading History allows you to retain a history of library materials you’ve checked out. This feature is optional. It is only turned on if you actively opt in to use it. You can opt out of the service or delete items saved in your list at any time.

Another tool in the mylawlibrary toolbox is a feature that lets you set up preferred searches: If there’s a topic you’re interested in, save search terms and parameters so that you can search the catalog again and again without having to reconstruct your search. This feature also offers the ability to mark your favorite searches for email -- when the Law Library receives a new book that matches your search, you’ll receive an email alert.

We hope you take advantage of the UW’s Gallagher Law Library during your law school career. The great news is that you can keep on top of your library business by visiting us in the library between classes or by visiting our website from home during a 2 a.m. study break. Log on to mylawlibrary by entering your name and barcode (the 14-digit number on the back of your Husky card) in the blanks on this page. Stop by the Circulation Desk any time with questions about any of these services.

Books of the Week:
Kathy Morris, Objection Overruled: Overcoming Obstacles in the Lawyer Job Search
Kathy Morris & Jill Eckert, Ask the Career Counselors: Answers for Lawyers on Their Lives and Life’s Work

--Mary Whisner

These two slender books from the American Bar Association’s Career Resource Center are filled with good, practical information and guidance on career planning and job hunting. The writing style is straightforward and accessible. (Reading 10 or 20 pages in these is not like reading 10 or 20 pages of your casebooks!)

Objection Overruled (KF297 .Z9 M67 2000 at Classified Stacks) presents ten “objections” that impede some job searches – from “I Don’t Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up” to “I’m Not Good at Interviewing.” The author, of course, has constructive ideas for getting beyond the objections and responds to many related questions that legal job hunters have.

Ask the Career Counselors (KF297 .Z9 M674 2000 at Classified Stacks) takes you through the whole process, from “Contemplating Your Career” through “Getting Your Job Search Started” to “Mastering Your Interviews.” It has exercises and quizzes to help you focus on your interests, strengths, goals, and job hunting.

For more career tips, check out ABA Career Counsel,