Law Library News for the Week of Nov. 19, 2007

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Library Hours for Thanksgiving

The Law Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 21st, and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22d and 23d.

Regular hours resume on Saturday, November 24th.

The Library staff wish you a safe and bountiful Thanksgiving holiday.


Bluebook 101

Does using The Bluebook have you seeing red?

Take the red out with help from the PowerPoint slideshows and other information on the Gallagher guide called Bluebook 101

The reference librarians walk you through the rules and tables for selected primary (cases and statutes) and secondary (articles, books, magazines, and electronic media) sources.


Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

A newly restyled set of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are slated to become effective on December 1, 2007. The text of the revised rules can be found at the Federal Judiciary website.

This site also contains a wealth of material on the judicial rule-making process where you will find:

  • proposed rule changes
  • comments submitted on proposed rules
  • a description of the rule-making process
  • a guide to researching rule amendments

For instance, you can read comments submitted by Peter Winn, a UWLS adjunct professor, on provisions relating to the privacy of court records.

Authors of West’s Federal Civil Rules Handbook discuss the FRCP changes in a 5-minute video linked from the Law Library Resource Center page  Browse the Gallagher guide on Civil Procedure Research Resources for other sources discussing and explaining the rules.


New Corporations Guide

Reference librarian Kelly Aldrich has prepared a new guide called Corporations & Business Organizations Legal Research Guide.

This guide identifies major treatises, nutshells and outlines, popular works, and Washington practice materials on corporations, limited liability companies, and other business entities. It links to selected databases on BNA, LexisNexis, and Westlaw.


Updated Library Maps

Codifying changes made throughout the Library over the summer, revised maps of the Reference Area and Floors L1 and L2 and are available in print in the Reference Office and in the brochure bins across from the Circulation Desk. You may also view these maps (in PDF) on the Library website:

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