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Law Library News for Jan. 1, 2007

Law Library News Archive

Cheryl Nyberg, editor.

Welcome Back

The librarians and staff of the Gallagher Law Library welcome you back to Gates Hall. We hope that you enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends.

Here are some quick reminders about a few of the Law Library’s services:

  • Contact the reference librarians in the office on L1, by phone at (206) 543-7672, or by email at lawrefst@u.
  • Renew books that you have checked out or place holds on books that other users have checked out by viewing your Library Account. Go to and type your name and barcode (found on the back of your Husky card).
  • Meet with classmates in one of the Group Study Rooms on L2, the lower level of the Library. Swipe your Husky card to open the door. Your Husky card also provides you access to the Library 30 minutes before the normal opening time and to the Law Student Lounge on L1, where you may enjoy your lunch or a snack.
  • Explore legal research databases and guides by beginning at the Law Library website. Connect directly to commercial legal databases by using the pull-down feature under the heading “Find Legal Databases.” Look for subject groupings of research guides under the heading “Conduct Research.”
  • Watch for information about a new service that will enable you to quickly determine online availability of law reviews – coming later this month.

Seeking New Flavor Ideas for Library Lifesavers

The reference cooks are sifting through recipes for next quarter’s Library Lifesaver offerings. We want to know what you—our customers—would like to see on the menu.

Over the last three months, we have treated you to tasty tidbits of information on the Library catalog, selected legal research databases, Google, Word, exams, finding paper topics, and CALI. These are some of the treats that we wanted to share with you.

Now it is your turn! What would you like? Design your own menu. chef

Perhaps you would like to order some comfort food (a review of Lexis or Westlaw basics) or an exotic delicacy (English language translations of foreign cases).

Maybe you would like to request an appetizer (an introduction to an interdisciplinary database) or a seven-course meal (a series of short sessions exploring Bluebook citation rules).

We are here to slake your thirst for knowledge! Send your suggestions to lawrefst@u.

Color My (Research) Word

artist's paletteTeacher, why is The Bluebook blue?

Is The Bluebook related to the Government Accountability Office blue-cover reports, state-issued blue books, or the National Reporter System blue books? What is the Blue Book that tax researchers consult?

What are white papers?

What legal relevance do books of green, orange, red, maroon, and beige hold?

Look for answers to these and other research-tinted questions in this new occasional series: Color My (Research) World. Discover how colorful legal research can be and pick up some trivia to amaze and astound your friends.