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Law Library News for Jan. 29, 2007

Law Library News Archive

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Library Lifesavers

Federal and Washington State sources will be featured in this week’s installment of Library Lifesavers, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 12:45-1:15, Room 119.
  • LexisNexis Congressional is a time-saving tool for identifying documents created by Congress during consideration of a bill. It is an essential source when researching federal legislative history.
  • is a free website with searchable databases of Washington State cases, statutes, and regulations.

Legal Research: The Movie

Learn the basics of effective legal research in 3.5 minutes by watching this short film created by Stanford law students:

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn!

Book of the Week: Washington Elements of an Action

The newest addition to the Washington Practice series is Washington Elements of an Action (vol. 29). This soft-back volume consists of 21 chapters covering distinct causes of action such as:

  • breach of contract
  • fraud
  • insurance bad faith actions
  • libel and slander
  • medical malpractice
  • premises liability
  • wrongful death

Each chapter describes the elements of action, authority (statutory and caselaw), jury instructions, defenses, counterclaims, and remedies. Checklists and sample complaints, jury verdict summaries, jury instructions, and other selected court documents are included. “Research References” at the end of each chapter identify sections in other Washington Practice volumes, relevant West Key Numbers, ALR annotations, and legal encyclopedia citations.

A table of cases and an index appear at the back of the volume. You will find Elements of an Action shelved with the rest of Washington Practice. KFW80.W3 at Reference Area. The Washington Practice series, including this new volume, is also available on Westlaw (WAPRAC).

Washington Elements of an Action is a small, jurisdiction-specific version of another West publication: Causes of Action Second. KF8863.S53 1993 at Reference Area. For a description of this resource, see the Law Library News column for Feb. 17, 2003.

Beyond the Summit

Summit, the combined catalog of more than 30 college and university libraries in Washington and Oregon, has processed its first million loans.

Perhaps you have contributed to this achievement by searching the Summit catalog for a book that was not available in the Law Library or on campus. If so, you have discovered how simple the process is:

  • Find the item that you want
  • Click on Request This Item
  • Enter your name and your barcode number (on the back of your Husky card)
  • Pick up the item at the Gallagher Law Library Circulation Desk when you receive an email indicating that your book has arrived
  • Read, peruse, browse, note, absorb, digest, consider, etc.

If you haven’t climbed a hill—let alone reached the Summit—why not? For more information about Summit, see More About Summit. Maybe you will be among the next million served!