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Cool Tools on Bloomberg

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • February 20, 2018

Bloomberg has any number of cool tools, but next Monday, (February 26, 1 – 2 PM), you have your choice of tools to find information on people/law firms or dockets.

There are many reasons why you may want background information …

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Shepard’s and analytics

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • February 5, 2018

LexisNexis purchased Ravel Law in 2017 and expect to start roll-out the analytics enhanced Shepard’s in March 2018.  Ravel’s visualizations will show connections among the case law cited in the Shepard’s report.  You can read more at Dewey B. Strategic’s, …

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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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