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CALI Lessons On the Go

CALI lessons will now work on your mobile devices (including iPads).  To try them out visit the beta site. Just be sure to click the lesson title, not the green play button. 

CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials written by law professors and librarians. CALI publishes over 800 CALI lessons in 33 different legal subject areas. With so many options, there is likely a CALI Lesson available for most of the topics and subjects you wish to study. If you are registering a free account at cali.org for the first time, note that you must use our school's authorization code to create a new account. Our authorization code is available to Georgetown Law students.

Incoming 1Ls can request the CALI code from the reference desk at libref@law.georgetown.edu.

Link Rot and Legal Resources on the Web: Have We Reached a Plateau?

‘LINK ROT’ AND LEGAL RESOURCES ON THE WEB: HAVE WE REACHED A PLATEAU?

THE CHESAPEAKE GROUP’S FOURTH ANNUAL ANALYSIS FINDS THAT LINK ROT IS SLOWING,
BUT STILL PRESENT IN MORE THAN 30% OF URLs
 
  
Does the rate at which Web pages are lost to “link rot” slow down over time? The latest link-rot study conducted by the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group shows that this might be the case.
 
As National Preservation Week 2011 begins, the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group is releasing the results of its fourth annual analysis of link rot among the original URLs for law- and policy-related materials published to the Web and archived by the Chesapeake Group. After three years of observing the rate of link rot nearly double on an annual basis, the Chesapeake Group found that link rot in its sample of URLs originally collected in 2007 and 2008 increased by only 2.5 percent in 2011. The sample includes URLs primarily from state government (.state.__.us), government (.gov), and organization (.org) top-level domains.
 
The Chesapeake Group is a shared digital archive for the preservation of Web-published legal materials, which often disappear as online content is reorganized or deleted over time. Participants include the Georgetown and Harvard Law Libraries and the State Law Libraries of Maryland and Virginia.
 
The 2011 analysis reveals that 30.4 percent of the online publications in the sample have now disappeared from their original Web pages but, due to the group’s Web preservation efforts, remain accessible via permanent archive URLs. This sample of online publications was first analyzed in 2008 and showed link rot to be present in 8.3 percent of the publications’ original URLs. In 2009, the same sample showed an increase in link rot to 14.3 percent, and in 2010, link rot in the sample jumped to 27.9 percent.
 
Although the 2011 link-rot rate of 30.4 percent represents a significant loss of content over the four-year period, the increase observed from 2010 to 2011 is less than three percent and deviates from the pattern of steep increases in link rot observed in previous years.
 
The analysis also explores the prevalence of link rot among top-level domains. A detailed summary of the study is available at http://legalinfoarchive.org/.
 
The Chesapeake Group is a member of LIPA’s Legal Information Archive, a collaborative digital preservation program for the law library community. For more information, visit the LIPA Web site at www.aallnet.org/committee/lipa or the Chesapeake Group at www.legalinfoarchive.org.

Written by Sarah Rhodes

 

CALIorg Lessons DVD Available at the Reference Desks

UPDATE: The Cali.org website is now up and running. [details here]. Lessons on DVD are still available for all Georgetown Law students.

Cali.org went down sometime this morning. The outage relates to problems with CALI’s cloud service provider, Amazon.

We have CALI DVDs at both reference desks if you’d like to run a CALI lesson while the site is down.

CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials written by law professors and librarians. CALI publishes over 800 CALI lessons in 33 different legal subject areas. With so many options, there is likely a CALI Lesson available for most of the topics and subjects you wish to study before exams. If you are registering a free account at cali.org for the first time, note that you must use our school’s authorization code to create a new account. Our authorization code is available to Georgetown Law students.

Research Support for Seminar Students

Librarians are available to consult with students individually on their seminar paper research. We pair students with librarians who have experience or expertise in the research area. Schedule an appointment online.

Reference Librarians are available to answer quick questions either in person or virtually (via email or chat). Stop by the Williams Reference Desk from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., on Friday, or 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; or the Wolff Reference Desk from Noon – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and Noon – 5:00 p.m. on Friday. If these times are inconvenient, please arrange an appointment through libref@law.georgetown.edu.

Librarians have written many research guides on various seminar class topics such as tax, national security, military law, health law and communications law as well as a general guide to scholarly research.

Bloomberg Terminal Now Available in the Reading Room

This past fall, the Library made Bloomberg Law available to the Georgetown Law community.  We now have a Bloomberg terminal, which will allow more sophisticated searching of financial data and access to more financial and company information.  The terminal is located near the reference desk in the Williams Library Reading Room.   If you need help when using the terminal, just click the pink "I Need Help" button in the upper left of either monitor.  You’ll be connected with a specialist from Bloomberg. 

You can access much of Bloomberg’s news, legal, and financial information from anywhere via Bloomberg Law.  Georgetown Law faculty, staff, and students should contact Pamela Haahr for access. Access and training are available to Georgetown Law students through their graduation.

New International Anti-Corruption Law Research Guide

Librarians at the Wolff International and Comparative Law Library have created a new guide on international corruption law.  Corruption law touches on a wide variety of issues including money laundering, government transparency, organized crime, trade and investment regulations. The guide lists print and online resources on corruption, links to related treaties, a selection of foreign and U.S. laws on the topic, and a sampling of the best resources related to specific anti-corruption topics.   

More Unpublished Congressional Hearings Now Available

Members of the Georgetown Law community can now access more than 2200 unpublished Congressional hearings from the early 1970s.  The Library has purchased access to all unpublished hearings available through LexisNexis Congressional.  More hearings from the 1970s will be available soon.   
 
According to LexisNexis Congressional the new material includes “a briefing with Henry Kissinger on the Sinai agreement, and hearings on the Wounded Knee Incident at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, opening Little League Baseball to girls, and management of oil and natural gas in the outer continental shelf.”
 
Why are some hearings unpublished?  Only some hearings are officially published by the government. Each congressional committee makes its own decision about which hearings to publish.   Once a decision is made not to publish a hearing, the transcript is transferred to NARA (the National Archives).  After a certain time (currently 20 years for the Senate, 30 for the House and 50 for classified or sensitive material), the transcripts are released.
 
Learn more about Legislative History from our research guide and tutorial

Best Free Websites 2010: Images and Advertising

Each year, a group of librarians publishes a list of the best free websites.  There are several interesting collections of images and advertisements. 

Ad*Access is a collection of print ads from 1911 to 1955.  It covers five topic areas: Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda. 

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials provides access to commericals from 1952 to 2008.   Users can search or browse by topics such as backfire, children, fear, change, or welfare. 

Newseum: Today’s Front Pages is a collection of the first page of over 800 newspapers from around the world. 

Interactive Tools for Exam Preparation

 

With finals approaching, don’t forget that the Library offers several interactive tools that can provide a break from reading and outlining. CALI lessons also provide feedback so that you know how well you’ve mastered a topic.

CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials written by law professors and librarians.  CALI publishes over 800 CALI lessons in 33 different legal subject areas. With so many options, there is likely a CALI Lesson available for most of the topics and subjects you wish to study before exams. If you are registering a free account at cali.org for the first time, note that you must use our school’s authorization code to create a new account. Our authorization code is available to Georgetown Law students.

Courtroom View Network’s Audio Casefiles  is a collection of digitally recorded reported court decisions. This collection includes MP3 format recordings of cases in many law school casebooks. The media is in MP3 format and once downloaded, the audio can be played from a personal computer, burned to a CD for listening in the car or at home, or a portable player, such as an iPod.  The Law Library has arranged for access for Georgetown Law students. Just follow the instructions here.

Sum & Substance is a series of lectures on fundamental legal topics, such as contracts or torts, recorded in CD format. The lectures offer a condensed summary of each topic, and are delivered by prominent law professors. A list of CDs that Georgetown owns is available from the catalog.   Sum & Substance CDs are on reserve at the circulation desk.

The library has many other study aids available.  Use the Treatise Finder to locate them by subject.