FREE 2012 Federal Rules Ebooks from Legal Information Institute & CALI!

by Sarah Prosory 1. December 2011 09:18

This just in...

Legal Information Institute (from Cornell University) has teamed with CALI to provide FREE Federal Rules ebooks for 2012! Download on your ebook reader of your choice! Yes, even Kindle!

Read all about it here:

Let us know in the comments if you download these, and how you like them!

Legal E-Books: Oxford Scholarship Online

by Sarah Prosory 14. October 2011 16:17

Looking for legal e-books to read without a time limitation?

Want to find topical books on Constitutional & Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, Public International law, and other legal topics?

Check out Oxford Scholarship Online!* The Law Library has full-text access to the Law collection, and abstract access to the other collections from several university presses.

*If you're off campus, you will need to log-in with your name and library barcode.



For quick access, use your QR code reader on your smartphone to scan the code:

Resources in the Catalog

by PSL Law Library 29. April 2011 11:28

Most people think of the catalog as a place to find out where books are located.  A title search is conducted and the location and call number is found.  Once this information is gathered the patron steps away from the catalog and perhaps misses an opportunity to discover more materials on a given subject.  In addition to books, CDs & DVDs the catalog contains records to ebooks, microfiche, useful websites and databases.

I located several ebooks on Torts by opening the catalog, selecting the subject tab and conducting a search for Torts.  A subject search of Environmental Law gave me a list of 522 subjects that contain information on Environmental Law.  When I selected Environmental Law Alabama Electronic Information Resources, from the list, I discovered two websites dealing with this subject matter.  Selecting Environmental Law Antarctic Regions, from the list, lead me to several pieces of microfiche.  These searches were quick and easy to run and allowed me to discover more materials than if I had browsed the shelves.

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Amazon Kindle Library Lending Coming Soon!

by Sarah Prosory 20. April 2011 07:59

Hi all!

Exciting news in the library world of ebooks today, as Amazon announces their new program Kindle Library Lending. Sometime later this year, Kindle will team up with OverDrive to offer Kindle users the ability to borrow Kindle books from their local library (if their local library has a contract with OverDrive). Also, there is mention of allowing libraries to circulate Kindles, which up until this point went against Amazon licensing rules.

The best part: you can save your annotations, so when you check out the book again or purchase it, you will still have access to all the bookmarking, highlights, and notes you made before.

While there are still some kinks to work out, and this is just an announcement that there is something in the works regarding Kindles and libraries, this is a huge step in the ebook world.

Some background info: as of right now if you own a Kindle, you cannot borrow ebooks to read on your Kindle from the library (our library or any other). Kindle only reads its own Amazon filetype (and a few other filetypes that publishers don't use like .txt). The best bet currently for borrowing ebooks from a library that uses OverDrive and reading them on your own e-reader is to have any of the Sony e-readers, the Barnes & Noble Nook, or other e-reader devices that aren't well-known. For more information about e-book formats, read the Wikipedia entry here.

Also in the library community, OverDrive has not had much positive reviews since it is somewhat challenging to download an ebook to your personal reader. There is hope, especially now, that with Amazon teaming with OverDrive the downloading process should improve!

Do you read ebooks? What do you think of Amazon's announcement? Comment below!

Have a great day!

College Textbooks To Be Digital By 2015?

by Sarah Prosory 16. March 2011 08:13

Interesting story from ReadWriteWeb today that predicts how college textbooks will be digital by 2015.

What are your thoughts on digital casebooks? Would it help or hinder your learning (or for faculty, teaching)? Do you think law schools should go digital with the textbooks that are used? Would you be willing to test it out?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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