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Law Library News Archive

Jan. 3, 2006.
Kristy Moon, editor.

Email Reference Service

We’re glad that you’re back and hope you had a restful holiday break.

By now, most of you know that reference librarians are here for you 7 days a week in the Reference Office to help you with research. But did you know that you can ask us questions by email? In addition to stopping by in person or calling 543-6794, you can send an email to the Reference Office at any time that you need research assistance. The online email form is at (or from the library’s home page, click on the red link at the lower left corner of the screen). This is a convenient option if you’re not on campus, have a question after hours, or simply prefer to communicate in writing.

Mylawlibrary: Manage Library Account

Want to manage your Law Library’s account with a click of a mouse? Then get to know mylawlibrary, a one-stop-shopping feature of the Law Library catalog. You’ll find the link to mylawlibrary on the left side of the MARIAN page (

The mylawlibrary lets you view your patron record and

  • Modify your address, phone number, and email address
  • See items that are checked out and their due dates
  • Renew items or view/cancel holds you've placed on books

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 feature of mylawlibrary is called Preferred Searches. If there’s a topic you’re interested in, you can save your search terms and parameters so that you can search the catalog again and again without having to reconstruct your search. This feature also gives you the ability to mark your favorite searches for email -- when the Law Library receives a new book that matches your saved search, you’ll receive an email alert.

To use mylawlibrary, simply enter your name and the barcode number located on the back of your Husky card. We hope you take advantage of this feature of the Law Library catalog as well as the Library’s many other resources and services.

The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part

-- Cheryl Nyberg

Beginning with the first issue of volume 115 of the Yale Law Journal, the editors launched an online companion called The Pocket Part, It features “op-ed length versions of Journal articles and responses from leading practitioners, policymakers, and scholars” and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions about legal scholarship.

The Pocket Part currently features an article, “The Constitutional Status of Tort Law,” and comments and responses relating to it. The archive, located on the lower right corner of the screen, contains previously featured articles and related comments and responses. Also appearing is the text of a 1974 student article, written by Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito, Jr., on the Supreme Court’s decision-making.

Readers are invited to join the discussion and may sign up for an email list announcing new material in both The Pocket Part and the Yale Law Journal.

Like our own Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce + Technology,, The Pocket Part promotes online legal scholarship and the dissemination of legal thought via the Internet.