Law Library News for March 26, 2007
Cheryl Nyberg, editor
Law students can enter the Law Library half an hour before its official opening time by swiping their Husky cards.
The answer is True.
The half-hour early entry is available seven days a week. You can also use your Husky card to take the elevator down to Floor L1 if the doors at the bottom of the stairs are still closed and locked.
This was a pass/fail test. How did you do?
by Melissa Fung, Law Librarianship Intern
Fine I’ll do it…What are my options?
*Prices based on items available at the UW Bookstore Technology CenterCD-Rs or DVD-Rs
CD-Rs can typically hold up to 700MB of data and double-layer DVD-Rs can hold up to 8.5GB. This may or may not be enough for your needs in the long run and you may end up spending lots of time burning multiple disks to cover all your bases. Many people find CDs and DVDs simply to be too much manual work to use over a long period of time.USB Flash Drives
USB flash drives typically can store 1GB to 2GB of data. Like CDs and DVDs, flash drives also suffer from the need to manually perform backups over a long period of time.
External Hard Drive
More and more users are opting for external hard drives to store their backup files. These are essentially regular hard drives that connect to your PC via a USB port. Although external hard drives are less portable than CDs, DVDs, or USB flash drives, they can often be configured with software to perform automatic backups and send the data directly to the external hard drive with no input required from the user.
One “quick and dirty” backup method is simply emailing documents to yourself using free services like Gmail or Yahoo. For example, Gmail offers 1GB of storage and will not permanently delete email messages unless you choose to delete them. This is great for temporary or unessential storage, but I wouldn’t rely on it long term.
Remote Backup Services
Another popular emerging option is online remote backup services. These services allow you to upload your data over the Internet to remote servers. If you need to restore lost data, you simply log on to the backup service and download your files.
Xdrive.com offers 5 GB of free online storage along with a software utility to schedule automatic backups. Xdrive.com uses 128-bit military grade encryption, making it effectively impossible for anyone to intercept or decrypt the data.
WebFiles, a free tool within the UW’s web-based Catalyst software suite, provides students with 1.5GB of space for storing files and media. Unlike Xdrive.com, there is no way to automatically schedule backups on WebFiles.
Deciding which option is best for you – Space vs. $
There’s more than one way to back up your data, so just make sure your methods are optimized for your storage requirements and your budget. Most law students keep their notes and class documents as Microsoft Word files. If this is all you want to backup, you probably don’t need more than 1GB of storage. Videos, music, and PowerPoint presentations may use more space. No matter how you backup, make sure you never rely on a single source. Be proactive about scheduling backups and keep a mix of traditional and online sources.
by Kelly Aldrich, Law Librarianship Intern
Some highlights include:
Make no mistake–this book is great for American law students, too. So, if you’re new to legal writing, new to the U.S. legal system, or need a refresher in either, check out this book.
Jill J. Ramsfield, Culture to Culture: A Guide to U.S. Legal Writing.