Congressional Bills, 1789-2013

From grade school we learn about bills and how they become law.  Some bills die, some are amended, some become law.  No matter what…


Congress and the Courts

The Law Library recently added a new HeinOnline library - Congress and the Courts.  This library provides access to legislative materials…


Welcome Back and New Search Bar

Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed your time off.  I certainly did--enough so that I was nonexistent on this blog over the break.  As you…


Utah Recodifications

From to time to time the Utah legislature reorganizes and renumbers certain titles in the Utah Code.  This process is known as…


The Fiscal Cliff and CRS Reports

After hearing repeatedly about the "Fiscal Cliff" there comes a time when you may want more detailed information than what the news is…


Congress and the Courts

Article III of the Constitution begins "The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior…


Utah State Courts Forms

As a law student it's likely that you've already had friends or relatives ask you for legal help.  It can be an awkward situation since…


Circuit Splits

Circuit splits are a popular topic for student law journal Notes.  About this time of year, law journal editors are beginning (or at least…


Environmental Law Reporter

If you're interested in environmental law you should become familiar with the library's subscription to the Environmental Law Reporter.…


Happy Constitution Day!

Today is Constitution Day--a day in which we celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution by members of the Constitutional Convention on…


The Bluebook App

The Bluebook, whether you love it or hate it, is something you'll become quite familiar with in law school.  Now there's a new option for…


Subject Guides

The Law Library provides a lot of information, both print and electronic.  At times the amount of information can be overwhelming and it…


Executive Privilege and CRS Reports

Executive privilege has been in the news lately as President Obama has asserted it for the first time in his presidency.  The Wall Street…


Google Books to Library Books

Searching Google Books can often be an important part of research as it allows researchers to search the full-text of many books.  However,…


Google Scholar Legal Documents

Earlier this week I retweeted a blog post on Internet for Lawyers detailing a change to Google Scholar and how it affects case law…


Where to Start Researching?

One of the common questions you'll face when receiving a new legal research assignment is "Where should I start?"  There's a number of…


The Citator Gap

Using Shepard's or KeyCite to make sure the cases you rely upon are good law is an essential part of the research process.  These citators,…


Court Pleadings on Bloomberg Law

As you research this summer, one of the things you may need to do is find trial court pleadings - a complaint, an answer, a motion.…


Researching Municipal Law

One area of law that we generally don't have much time to cover in our first year legal research classes is local legislation.  Municipal…


Chicago Manual of Style Online

It's write-on week here at the law school and I've seen many students diligently working away.  Those of you participating in the write-on…


Research Help This Summer

While law students will be heading out to summer jobs and externships soon the library wants you to know that we'll be here over the summer…


Summer Research Success

Finals are nearly over.  Graduation is here.  Congratulations on completing another year of law school! In a few weeks law students will…


Becoming a Better Online Researcher

Online legal research is  a critical skill in today's law practice.  The nature of legal controversies requires legal researchers to go…


Summer Alternatives to Westlaw/Lexis

On Friday I posted about Westlaw/Lexis's summer access policies.  While some of you may not qualify for Westlaw/Lexis access this summer -…