Author Archives: Catherine Dunn

Using LOC’s Science Tracer Bullets

Although not a new resource, a colleague recently directed me to the Library of Congress’ Science Tracer Bullets as a useful resource for our interdisciplinary research needs.  The Science Tracer Bullets are online pathfinders, put together by the LOC’s librarians, on a wide variety of science and technology subjects.  For my purposes, as someone who tries to stay current in the areas of both health law and legal ethics, the Bioethics Tracer Bullet (91-4) is one particularly helpful example.

The Bioethics Tracer Bullet begins with a note as to its scope, including a good definition of bioethics, before listing two basic introductions to the topic and the LOC subject headings under which most books on bioethics can be found.  It then lists more than fifty publications relating to bioethics and notes the specific abstracting and indexing services to use in trying to locate relevant journal articles.

The Bioethics Tracer Bullet shows its age a bit in that many of the publications it lists are from the 1980s, but it remains a good source to use in trying to understand the full scope of bioethics, an area which is varied and scattered due to its interdisciplinary nature.

If your research needs tread into the science arena, I recommend checking to see if the Library of Congress has a Science Tracer Bullet available.  To learn more, including a complete list of the Science Tracer Bullets available, click on the link above or use the following URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/tbs.html.

Downloading to a Kindle from WestlawNext

As you may have noticed, WestlawNext allows users to download individual documents or groups of documents to a Kindle device.  Before doing so, however, you will need to add WestlawNext to your Kindle’s "Approved E-mail List."  Simply access the "Your Account" section of Amazon.com and select "Manage Your Kindle" from the Digital Content options.  From that page, add "westlawnext@westlawnext.com" (no quotes) to your "Approved E-Mail List."  Also, be sure to note your "Kindle E-mail Address" located near the top of the page, as you will need to enter it on WestlawNext in order to download to your Kindle.

Note that there is no fee for documents received wirelessly on a Kindle.  If received via 3G, however, a nominal fee will apply (15 cents per megabyte for users living in the U.S.).

Click here for more information on transferring, downloading & sending files to a Kindle.

GPO Access to Sunset at End of Year

If you’re a user of GPO Access, you will need to shift to GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) by the end of 2010, as GPO plans to sunset GPO Access at that time.  FDsys will then become GPO’s sole electronic system of record.  According to GPO, less than 1% of the content from GPO Access remains to be processed and added to FDsys.  Otherwise, the data migration process for all 40 of its content collections is complete.

For more information on how to use FDsys, including both its search and browse capabilities as well as the types of collections it includes, select the "Help" link to the right of FDsys’ main search box.  In addition, a PDF copy of the 97-page FDsys User Manual is available at http://www.gpo.gov/help/fdsys_user_manual.pdf.

Looking for a Form?

Westlaw now highlights its collection of forms through the new "Forms Focus" feature on Westlaw’s left-hand navigational bar from certain primary law sources.  "Forms Focus" displays up to two potentially relevant forms, but a user can view more forms by selecting "View All Results."  In addition, Westlaw now links to its FormFinder from the top of every screen (under the Directory link).

For more information on available forms, both on Westlaw and using other resources, see the Georgetown Law Library’s Legal Forms Research Guide.  The guide provides a description of the types of forms available and allows users to browse to compilations of forms by subject.

For Job Seekers and Others: New Electronic Access to Information on Foreign Firms

Are you interested in researching either foreign firms operating in the U.S. or American firms operating in foreign countries, either as part of a job search or for some other purpose?  The law library recently acquired a new electronic database subcription to UniWorld Online, which includes current, searchable information from two multinational business contact directories (Foreign Firms Operating in the United States and American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries). 

Upon choosing one of the two directory options in UniWorld Online, users can then search using a variety of parameters, including country, state or region, keyword, industry code, revenue and number of employees. 

The directories in UniWorld Online cover over 200 countries, and the corporate contact information they provide includes headquarters, branches, subsidiaries and affiliates of multinational firms. 

For additional resources we have available to assist you in your job search, see our Job Searching Research Guide.

LLRX.com Columns on GPO’s FDsys

LLRX.com just released the second of two columns written by Peggy Garvey on GPO’s still-fairly-new Federal Digital System (FDsys).  The initial column, published last July, was an introduction to FDsys along with some simple search tips.  The new column includes an update as to the collections now available via FDsys as well as tips for more advanced search techniques (including several helpful example searches). Click here to view the new column on LLRX.com, and, if you’re interested in experimenting with the FDsys system for yourself, click here to access FDsys.

The Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative Announces a Beta Test of “Regulation Room”

The Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative is previewing its new Regulation Room at http://www.regulationroom.org/.  Regulation Room utilizes collaborative tools and other innovative features to “increase and enhance public engagement during the administrative rulemaking process.”

From November 12th – 22nd, Regulation Room is running a test commenting period on a proposed National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule on new tires.  Note that this is only a test, however, as the NHTSA is no longer accepting public comments on the proposed rule.

The Regulation Room is moderated by Cornell Law School students under the close supervision of Law School faculty and the Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR) School’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.  It is hosted by Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII).

For more information, see the “About” and “FAQ” sections of the Regulation Room website.

New Articles on LLRX.com (July 2009)

LLRX.com released several new articles in July, including:

Green Files: Green Resources and Sites on the Internet
Marcus P. Zillman provides a very useful list of green websites and resources available via the Internet.

Five Things Lawyers Should Know about Social Media
Nicole Black addresses the goals and techniques lawyers should consider before utilizing social media.

Seeking Bypass: What Will Ultimately End Confidence in the Necessity of Parental Involvement Laws?
Diana Philip discusses the reproductive rights of minors and calls for further examination of both the impact and the necessity of parental involvement laws.

Book Review: The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues
Heather A. Phillips reviews this introduction to American wine law and history.

LexisNexis offers free access to law grads working in public service

LexisNexis’s new Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program provides free Lexis access to recent graduates working in public interest positions, including those deferred from law firm jobs and those who elect public interest work as a permanent occupation. Under this program, eligible gradutes may extend their Lexis access until September of 2010.  To read the eligibility requirements and apply, see http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/registrationdeferredfalls.aspx.

Rumor has it that Westlaw has a similar program in the works, so we will provide additional information on it once more details are released.