Law Library News for Oct. 8, 2007
Cheryl Nyberg, editor
At the end of the year, LexisNexis will no longer provide access to the American Law Reports (ALR). With their analysis of significant cases and citations to related cases, statutes, and law review articles, ALR annotations are great places to begin research when you are unfamiliar with a topic.
Since ALR will be exclusively available on Westlaw in the future, LexisNexis developed an alternative resource called Case in Brief. This new service is featured on “select current, high-profile, emerging-law and topically significant cases,” including:
- U.S. Supreme Court cases being heard in the current term
- important cases in various practice areas
- cases of first impression
- cases in the news
How do you find a Case in Brief? Don’t look for a separate database. Instead, look for a link to a Case in Brief within a specific court opinion. Check the following cases for examples:
- Hamdan v. Rumsfield, 126 S. Ct. 2749, 165 L. Ed. 2d 723 (2006)
- Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District, 127 S. Ct. 2738, 168 L. Ed. 2d 508 (2007)
- Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57, 120 S. Ct. 2054, 147 L. Ed. 2d 49 (2000)
The “Case in Brief ($)” link is found above the “Case Summary.” The dollar sign ($) indicates that regular subscribers pay a fee to access this information. But Case in Brief is included in our law school subscription plan. The Case in Brief document is a PDF image so you cannot print it on the LexisNexis standalone printers.
In addition to analysis and discussion, Case in Brief documents include links to court documents and briefs, news commentary, and related content on LexisNexis. For more information, browse the information sheet on LexisNexis Case in Brief.
To learn more about American Law Reports on Westlaw, visit ALR: A Detailed View of Your Legal Topic, which includes links to online tutorials.
The Course Reserve collection at the Circulation Desk consists of books and other material that School of Law professors have set aside for use by their students. If a course syllabus indicates that something is “on Reserve in the Library,” Course Reserve is the place to go.
To find out what your professor has placed on Course Reserve, search the Law Library catalog by either his or her last name or by the title of the course. In most cases, you will need to visit the Circulation Desk, request the item, and present your Husky card. You can keep an item from Course Reserve for 4 hours.
Some material has been scanned and placed in an online “Electronic Reserve” collection. To access these items, search the catalog and then click on the name of the item. E-Reserves are password-protected; you will be prompted to sign in with your UW NetID.
That is all you need to know about identifying and locating items that have been reserved for you.