Law Library News for the Week of Jan. 14, 2008

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Using LexisNexis with Firefox or Safari

If you are experiencing problems using LexisNexis with Firefox or Safari, you are not alone. LexisNexis techies are working on the problem now and expect it will be fixed soon.

Until then, either use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) or visit

Cool Databases That You’ve Never Used

Are you experienced? Specifically, are you an experienced legal researcher? Do you think you’ve used every great legal database available in the English language?

Beyond Lexis and Westlaw, beyond Hein Online and LegalTrac are specialized databases like RIA Checkpoint and Securities Mosaic, “boutique” services that excel in delivering expert research systems to tax and securities practitioners.

The Law Library subscribes to both of these databases. You will find them listed under the “Find Legal Databases” heading on the Library website.

Students in the tax LL.M. program and other Law School students with abiding interests in tax can obtain individual passwords for RIA Checkpoint. You can then access the service anywhere. Occasional users in the building should follow the link for “Other Gallagher Law Library users.”

Securities Mosaic is “IP Restricted,” meaning that you can access it via the Library’s PCs or your laptop when you sign on to the wireless network in Gates Hall.

Although you can find many of the same sources in print and on LexisNexis and Westlaw, the value of these specialized databases is in the ability to search a vast collection of primary and secondary sources at one time.

For instance, RIA Checkpoint contains:


  • the Internal Revenue Code and tax regulations
  • tax cases from many courts
  • IRS rulings, pronouncements, and publications
  • legislative history documents
  • commentary and analysis from the Federal Tax Coordinator and the U.S. Tax Reporter
  • law review and newsletter articles

Securities Mosaic provides a comparable array of material, including securities filings; enforcement and disciplinary actions; news, and compliance guidance for accountants, auditors, corporations, and investment companies.

Tons of great stuff--all under one roof!

So if you are “insecure” about your research prowess, or if you just want to “tax” every resource the Library offers, check out these cool databases!

Website of the Week: U.S. Electoral College

Presidential politics is big news now and later this year we will go to the polls to elect a new President. As we learned in 2000, the Electoral College--not the popular vote--determines the winner of the election.

Review the Electoral College website to learn the details and trivia you’ll need to impress your friends and family in November.

The site answers frequently asked questions and delivers historical Electoral College box scores. You can even “try your hand at predicting who will win the next presidential election” by using the Electoral College Calculator.





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