12. September 2013 14:33
Call numbers are derived from a classification system used by libraries to organize materials into classes (subjects) so like materials are shelved together. Our Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System which is often used by academic libraries in the United States and other countries. You may be more familiar with the Dewey Decimal Classification System, most often used by public libraries. You can find call numbers on the spine or cover (lower left corner) of the material. Call numbers also appear in the results list and item records in the catalog. If an item in the catalog doesn’t have a call number then it’s an online resource.
The call number can be narrowed into very specific subjects:
a. K is for Law
b. KF is for Law in the United States
c. KF801 is for Contract Law in the United States
d. KF801.A7 is for Casebooks on Contract Law in the United States
e. KF801.Z9 is for Study Aids on Contract Law in the United States
Now that you know what a call number is you can use this information to locate materials in any academic library. Find study aids on Contracts in any collection (or library) by looking for items with the call number KF801.Z9. Many call numbers contain the publishing date to help ensure you select the latest edition. Glannon Guide to Contracts, KF801.Z9 S49 2013 was published in 2013. Finally, find a greater number of materials on a subject by looking for materials with similar call numbers.
*For more information on call numbers please refer to the library maps located at the Research Desk.
27. March 2013 14:33
Conducting a search in the catalog can produce an overwhelming amount of results. The good news is that these results can be narrowed by selecting facets. Facets are located on the left side of the screen and allow the user to narrow by areas such as format, location and publication date. These are just three of the many facets you can select. A user can narrow by one or more facets at the same time. I ran a search on adoption which returned 228 results. I decided to narrow my results by electronic format and records that had my search term in the subject. I now have 14 results, which is much more manageable. Next time you conduct a search in the catalog use facets to find more pertinent results.
28. February 2013 15:10
Most patrons think of the Catalog as a resource to find a call number for a book located on a shelf. While this is still the case the Catalog has so much more to offer. A simple search on Adoption produced records with links to resources in databases like Lexis, HeinOnline, and Westlaw. Records for additional electronic formats include websites that are both useful and credible. Over 50,000 articles were located; an advanced search should be done to narrow results. Finally, five eBooks and over 60 print books were found.
The next time you begin a research project you may want to start with the Catalog. You never know what you’ll find!
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15. September 2011 11:20
Have you ever flashed your headlights to warn other drivers about a speed trap? Is it legal to flash your headlights? If it is illegal does this law violate your constitutional right to freedom of speech? One man in Florida believes that the ticket he received for flashing his headlights is a violation of his right to free speech. Read all about the suit he has filed here.
If you are interested in viewing your first amendment rights take the following steps.
1) Log onto LexisNexis
2) Make sure the Legal tab is selected
3) Select view more next to Federal Legal – U.S.
4) Select USCS – United States Code Service: Code, Const, Rules, Conventions & Public Laws
5) You can now expand the sections in the Table of Contents, start with:
a. Constitution of the United States of America
c. Amendment 1
d. Religious and political freedom (part 1 of 4)
e. Start reading
You can also read the first amendment by looking at a book or locating it on Westlaw.
20. July 2011 15:26
I am happy announce that Lexis and Westlaw E-Treatises are now available in the Law Library Catalog. You no longer have to sign into LexisNexis or Westlaw to find out if the treatise you want is available on the database. Conduct a search in the catalog on a subject like criminal law. One of your results will direct you to Criminal Law Advocacy. Open the record, select the link, sign onto LexisNexis and you will be directed to a search screen for Criminal Law Advocacy, which also includes the table of contents. If you already happen to be signed into LexisNexis you will automatically be directed to Criminal Law Advocacy from the catalog record. These steps can also be used for Westlaw titles.