USF's new Fastcase Premium subscription has let us integrate Fastcase caselaw features into HeinOnline.
Some of the noteworthy features of this integration are:
You can search caselaw from within HeinOnline via the new "Fastcase" tab.
When looking at law review articles on HeinOnline, you'll see links stating how often those articles have been cited in Fastcase's case database. These links will lead you to the cases themselves — all within HeinOnline.
Within HeinOnline these Fastcase features are available both on and off campus.
We're pleased to see the return of Words & Phrases on WestlawNext. Words & Phrases is a West-published resource that allows researchers to locate judicial definitions of a particular phrase or word.
For example, let's say you need to locate California cases that define the term "gross negligence." Click on "Cases" on the WestlawNext home page. On the next screen, you'll see a list labeled Tools & Resources on the right-side of the screen. Click on "Words & Phrases" at the bottom of the list. At the search screen, enter the phrase or word for which you want to locate a definition -- if it's a phrase, place in quotation marks:
You may also choose specific jurisdictions from the Jurisdiction drop-down menu on the bottom of this search screen. After you've selected California as your jurisdiction, you can hit search, and cases defining this term will appear in your search results. If you need assistance with this function, ask one of the librarians!
Did you know Zief has a suggestion / comment book called The Patient Stone? It is located in the student commons area by the open reserve material. The Patient Stone was a mythical stone to which people enumerated their sorrows causing the stone to burst and ward away sorrows as a talisman. Share your comments, suggestions or sorrows about the law library. Rub the stone (a core sample from our building) and wait for our response which we hope will address your concerns.
Find & Print has made its way back to Westlaw. You can now find the Find & Print links under the "Tools" tab on the WestlawNext home page. You'll have to scroll a bit to get to it -- it's the 14th link on the "Tools" tab. You can find a step-by-stop guide to using Find & Print on the West Legal Solutions Blog.
We've just been notified that access to the "classic" Westlaw interface, known as Westlaw Classic, will end for all academic users on July 1 of this year. Some USF Law students may not have ever used Westlaw Classic, but some of you may still log on from time to time for certain research tasks. For faculty, this means that, if you haven't done so already, you will have to transition to using the new interface known as WestlawNext. Have questions about this change? Please contact the research librarians.
I love HeinOnline, but since I don't search its content every day, it can be challenging to remember HeinOnline's unique search syntax. So it's good news that HeinOnline has added faster access to "Search Help" on its Welcome page. You can now click the "Search Help" link directly underneath the search box. This will display a convenient pop-up menu of the proper search syntax to use in any search box in HeinOnline.
Unlike Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, Westlaw continues to impose restrictions on students' use of academic accounts for legal research associated with intern/externships, summer associate positions, and clerking. Westlaw restricts access for those law students who do not register for summer access.
If you are a 1L or 2L, you may register for unlimited summer access to Westlaw ONLY if you are engaged in the following activities:
1) working as a research assistant for a faculty member;
2) taking a summer law school class or participating in a study abroad program;
3) participating in law review or moot court activities, including write-on competitions;
4) working in an unpaid externship or internship.
If you're graduating in May 2014, you can register for extended access to Westlaw. According to Westlaw, graduates who register for access can use Westlaw for six months following graduation. Graduating students will receive a Westlaw email with details on post-grad access this week.
Lexis just announced that 1L and 2L law students will be able to use Lexis Advance for any purpose this summer for an unlimited amount of time. You may use your Lexis Advance academic account for work research projects regardless of the type of organization in which you work.