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Oct. 24, 2005.
Kristy Moon, editor.


Printing in the Library

Printing in the Law Library (and in the Law School Computer Lab, room 222) is done through the Pharos “pay-per-print” system. This requires that print jobs be sent to the Pharos system using the Pharos Popup software. Once a print job is submitted, it can be retrieved at either of the two printing stations on floor L1 of the Law Library (or in the Computer Lab) using a pre-paid copy card (10 cents per page).

To send print jobs to the Pharos system from your home computer or a laptop, download the software and drivers that are set out at http://www.law.washington.edu/computing/printing.html. Once the software is installed, your computer needs only an Internet connection (such as our wireless network) to send print jobs to these printers.

Remote Access to Library’s Online Resources

UW law students, faculty, and staff can access commercial databases licensed by the Law Library and UW Libraries from home if they have Internet connection. However, because access is restricted to computers with UW Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, you must first do one of the following:

  • Connect via the UW Libraries’ new proxy server, http://www.lib.washington.edu/help/connect.html (click on “Off-Campus Access” link on the top right corner of the screen). Use this service if you have wireless, DSL, or cable access to the Internet. The proxy server will require you to input your UW NetID and password, the same information you enter to access your UW email.
  • Install the UW Libraries’ Proxy Bookmarklet on your browser’s Links toolbar, http://www.lib.washington.edu/help/proxyTools.html. Once the bookmarklet is installed, when you do research and arrive (unauthenticated) at the content provider's site, just click on the bookmarklet. This will take you back to that same page, but through the UW Libraries’ proxy server.
  • Install the UW Internet Connectivity Kit (UWICK) on your computer. Installing UWICK provides your computer with a UW IP address when you dial into a UW server.

For help with computing problems, visit the Law School Computing Services website. It includes, among others, FAQs and wireless configuration instructions.

Google Scholar

by Cheryl Nyberg

Last year, Google launched a beta version called Google Scholar, which indexes “scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.” These web-based resources come from “academic publishers, professional societies, pre-print repositories, and universities.”

What types of law-related sources turn up in a Google Scholar search? The phrase “tort reform” yielded over 2,000 entries. The top-ranked results include citations to articles from the Journal of Insurance Regulation; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Justice System Journal; Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy; Law and Psychology Review; Michigan Law Review; and JAMA.

Entries show how many times an item was cited by other sources in the Google Scholar index; however, the entries are not organized by the number of citations to them.

Many of the items retrieved by a Google Scholar search provide only the citation, not the complete text of the report or the article. Still, a Google Scholar search may be a useful complement to the traditional search for secondary sources such as books, articles, and government reports. And its focus on scholarly literature leads to more research-oriented material than does a general Google search.

Give Google Scholar a try!