Westlaw/Lexis Summer Access

Many of you have asked about access to Westlaw and Lexis over the summer.  Each company's rules regarding use of your student account this…


Zotero for Research Management

Many students are getting into the thick of writing research papers about this time of year.  If you're looking for a way to organize your…


Google Scholar Improves Legal Citator

Yesterday Google announced that it's improving its legal citator by changing how it presents citations to legal opinions.  From the Google…


Searching HeinOnline

HeinOnline is one of the most popular databases we offer--and rightfully so.  Its vast collection of pdf legal materials creates an…


Need a Paper Topic?

Finding a good topic to write about can often be a frustrating part of the writing process.  To help, the Litigation Section of the Utah…


SCOTUS Words

Today I was directed to an interesting new website (thanks @GtwonLawLib) that allows you to see the frequency of words and phrases used by…


Electronic Devices on Airplanes and e-CFR

Everyone who's flown is familiar with the announcement to shut down portable electronic devices for take-0ff and landing.  I was recently…


Most Important Class of Your Career

That's what a 2L from Oklahoma City University School of Law calls Legal Research and Writing (LRW) in these posts: Part I Part II


Finals Help

The 1Ls are putting the final touches on their memos and Thanksgiving is around the corner.  That, of course, means it's time to start…


The Utah Law of Trusts & Estates

Some of the most useful legal research resources are legal treatises.  If you can find a good one on your topic you can save a lot of…


Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Students and faculty at BYU Law have a number of international connections.  Because of that, interest in foreign law is quite high.  One…


Safety Inspection and Free Utah Code

Every time I receive my car registration renewal in the mail I have two thoughts.  First, "has it really been a whole year already."  And…


Library Catalog Changes

Recently there were a few changes to the library catalog that we wanted you to be aware of.  The library catalog is a great place to find…


Interviews and Research

Classes have started and On Campus Interviews have as well.  Every year interviews seem to get earlier and earlier.  Most, if not all, of…


Lexis Advance

A new semester is about to begin, so it's time to take a look at changes in legal research.  The biggest change is the new version of…


Title 51

One of the facts about the United States Code that you may or may not remember from your legal research class is that it has 50 titles.…


Debt Ceiling Bill and GPO

After all the discussion and debate, a debt ceiling deal was finally reached earlier this week.  The bill passed into law is known as the…


New U.S. Code Site

Last week, Robert Ambrogi reported that the Office of Law Revision Council, who has responsiblity for preparing and publishing the U.S.…


History of International Law

HeinOnline is one of our favorite resources here in the law library.  Most law students know it as the place to get pdf versions of law…


Subject Guides

There is so much information out there (legal and otherwise) that it's nice to get some tips on where to start.  That's where librarians…


Crime Statistics

One of the great things about being a law librarian is discovering new and useful information.  Recently, while researching some criminal…


Vendor-neutral Citation

I can't say I love legal citation.  I understand why we have it and it's useful to me when I want to look up what's being cited, but some…


Summer Research Success

Law students are now well into their summer jobs and externships and we hope it's going well.  Don't forget the law library is still…


Dead Precedents

The ABA Journal had an interesting article last month discussing the Supreme Court's practice of stealth overruling.  This is a practice in…