Loislaw will no longer be accessible after November 30, 2015. Fastcase has partnered with Wolters Kluwer to help provide former Loislaw users with a new research platform. This transition will be an easy one for students and faculty here because we already have a subscription to Fastcase. Let’s take a minute to review what Fastcase has to offer.
Fastcase’s libraries include primary law from all 50 states, as well as federal coverage. The Fastcase collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions. Fastcase also provides access to a newspaper archive, legal forms, and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings through its content partners.
All Fastcase libraries are seachable by keyword (Boolean) and natural language search, or by looking up a citation.
- It’s fast! Like Google, Fastcase sorts the best results of your search to the top of the list so you can find the most important quicker.
- Visual search results help you see the important cases at a glance.
- Fastcase’s integrated citation analysis automatically includes the number of times each case has been cited.
In addition to first year legal research, two advanced legal research classes will be taught next semester. One is the general Advanced Legal Research class that will be taught Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:50. The other is a Federal Tax Research class that will be held Tuesdays from 9:30-10:20. These are great classes to expand your legal research skills and make you more marketable for employers. Below are the class descriptions.
Federal Tax Research – This course focuses on researching the basic documents generated by the IRS. Students are introduced to various hardcopy and online resources available to research these documents. They are assigned to research specific documents in assigned resources and to present an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the resources so that each resource can be compared and contrasted with other resources. The course culminates in an annotated bibliography by each student of a tax topic of the student’s choice, approved by the professor, in which the student uses the various resources introduced during the course of the semester to complete the bibliography.
Advanced Legal Research – Building on the skills taught in the first-year legal research courses, this course covers a variety of legal research topics and skills that will prepare students to become effective legal researchers in practice. Topics covered include advanced searching, free and low-cost legal research, statutory research, legislative history, administrative law, litigation practice materials, corporate and transactional research, municipal law, Utah legal research, and research in specific practice areas.
The Library is now offering access to a great new resource, PLi Discover Plus. This expansive eBook library includes practice-centered materials including books (treatises, answer books, course handbooks), legal forms, and CLE program transcripts.
Some of the 23 practice areas covered include:
- Intellectual Property
- International Law
- Trusts & Estates
Take a minute to explore the many titles this platform has to offer by accessing the Discover Plus Coverage List.
New Database Acquisitions
US Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009
The U.S intelligence community has been monitoring major wars and conflicts in the Middle East since 1945. These conflicts include civil wars, terrorist attacks, clashes on country borders and insurgencies. This resource includes numerous documents, that until recently had been classified, which show the U.S.’s spying and analytic efforts throughout the Arab world. Areas covered include the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa.
Cold War Intelligence Online: The Secret War between the U.S. and the USSR, 1945-1991
This collection of formerly classified documents show the successes and failures of U.S. intelligence efforts during the Cold War as the U.S. attempted to spy on the Soviet Union.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing oral argument at BYU Law School next week. The Law Library has compiled the briefs and lower court opinions in the various cases for law students and faculty to review.
Are you a 1L working through one of your weekly research assignments? Are you doing research for your substantial writing? Do you have research questions for work? If so, we’d like to help you! Manned by trained law students and professional law librarians, The Reference Desk can help you find the resources and answers you are looking for. The desk is open Monday- Friday, 8 AM- 9 PM and Saturday 9 AM-5PM. You can drop by in person, call us at 801-422-6658, or click the “Ask a Librarian” button. We look forward to assisting you.
BYU Law was #1 in U.S. News’s recent “10 Law Schools that Leave Grads with the Least Debt.” The article looked at indebtedness of the Class of 2014 and found that BYU Law Grads had an average debt of $54,203, which was less than half the average debt load of the entire Class of 2014 ($111,899).
The Law Library is happy to welcome the class of 2018 to the law school! We’re excited that you’re here with us and want you to know that we’re here to help you throughout your legal education. In addition to the study carrels and the books you see around you, the law library has many electronic databases available to help you in your studies and research. Check out our website to find many of the great resources available to you. We do our best to keep you up to date on new databases, research tips, and more through our law library blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help. Here’s a little information for you to get to know us. We look forward to getting to know you!
HeinOnline has just released a new, enhanced interface that is both modern and fresh. If you are like me you probably loved Hein’s content, but did not love the awkward and sometimes confusing site layout. After listening to feedback from its users, HeinOnline now boasts a simplified, clean and update look that is far more intuitive than the previous version. In addition to the improved layout, the new site is mobile friendly, has a stationary search bar and new home button, all making navigation much more user-friendly. Take a minute to jump on and explore the new-and-improved HeinOnline.
On July 28th ProQuest Congressional launched its new interface. The fresh new look is both appealing and user-friendly.
Some of the improvements include:
- Home page:quick starting points to help new users connect with popular content
- Search by Number: Organized to help users quickly locate the type of citation they are looking for
- Date option improvements: the date limiter options now make it easier for users to limit their search to a range of years
The addition of social media content allows users to find posts by Senators, Representatives and Federal agencies from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and press releases.
Updated Bill Profiles allow users to view bill tracking graphics in their results. The profiles are easy to sort and filter and can be downloaded to spreadsheets. Bill texts and all related materials can be accessed by links. Each profile includes the bill’s status, a summary, all versions of the bill text, committees involved and a list of sponsors.