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1L Law Library Survival Guide: Types of Legal Materials

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 18, 2017

With all of the information you are being asked to absorb”Types of Legal Materials” may seem to be a low priority.  But this is actually basic to everything else you are learning.  You do need to know  the difference between …

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Google’s full-word wildcard

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • August 14, 2017

Google uses * as a full-word wildcard. That is, if you put an * in a phrase, you will get phrases that have any word in place of the * in the phrase. A stock example for using this is …

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Fastcase

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • April 17, 2017

You now have access to Fastcase.  This is an alternative to Lexis and Westlaw and it appears that Fastcase is giving them both competition.  Fastcase describes how they are different:

1. Fastcase is the only legal research …

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Paper Writing Resources

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 19, 2016

Are you taking a seminar that requires writing a paper?  Or, on a journal and starting work on your note?  Are you aware of resources beyond Westlaw Next and Google?

For help with getting started with your paper and resources

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Wikipedia and the downside

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 12, 2016

Wikipedia can be a great research resource but we (librarians) usually recommend that you not cite to it.  This article “The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely on Wikipedia” is a little dated but what it …

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Types of Legal Materials

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • August 29, 2016

Whether you are a 1L or a returning law students, the types of legal materials and how they all fit together can be confusing.  We talk of “Primary Authority” such as constitutions, statutes, regulations, case law and administrative decisions.  But …

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Google Scholar

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • April 11, 2016

From the “About” section:  Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online …

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Really old United States Case Law

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • February 1, 2016

You have the citation to a really old United States case but you can’t find it on Westlaw or Hein Online.  Well, the law library probably has it in print but the book is falling apart or on microfiche which …

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“Free the Law” Project to Digitize U.S. Case Law for Free Access

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 3, 2015

Harvard Law School has joined forces with Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics platform, to digitize the Harvard Law School Library’s entire book collection of American case law.  This comprehensive collection totaling about 40 million print pages extends back …

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Blog Sources: the (new) legal writer

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • November 1, 2015

Most 1L students are currently drafting their first year memos while 2L/3L’s are writing papers for courses.  This would be a good time to look at some paper writing sources including several good blogs.  The ABA lists the (new) legal …

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