Fastcase Announces Free Advance Sheets for EBooks

by Ted McClure 25. June 2012 10:07

Fastcase is putting fresh spin on the old idea of providing advanced sheets of court opinions for Kindle, Android and Nook. Furthermore, Fastcase is providing these eBook Advance Sheets for free.Each book publishes one month’s judicial opinions (designated as published and unpublished) for specific states or courts

  • Available for iPad, Kindle, Android, Nook, and other e-readers
  • 40 volumes published this week, approximately 300 more by the end of the month
  • Advance sheets for each state, federal circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court
  • Volumes begin with summaries of opinions included
  • Fully searchable, with highlights, annotations, bookmarks, and other key features
  • Free, and licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA license.

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member at Phoenix School of Law, or a member of the Arizona State Bar, you have access to Fastcase.

Workaround for online access to McCormick on Evidence

by Ted McClure 7. June 2012 14:13

Due to a licensing problem, the treatise MCCORMICK ON EVIDENCE, published by West, is no longer available on Westlaw to law schools. Our Westlaw representative has provided us a workaround:

  1. Log on to
  2. Select "Westlaw" to access Westlaw Classic
  3. In the Search for a Database box enter: TP-ALL
  4. Run a Terms & Connectors search for the following: ci(McCormick)

You should receive a result list of 365 documents, all of which are McCormick on Evidence sections.

To narrow it down from there, go to the “Locate in Result” link to the right of the Database entry box on the results page and search for language in the section you are looking for. I did “real evidence” and narrowed it down to eleven sections.

We have the latest print version of McCormick at KF8935 .M292 2006



Did you know ...

by Ted McClure 4. April 2012 14:28

That YOU can have FREE access to a bunch of research databases from other libraries?

The Phoenix Public Library offers library cards to residents anywhere in Maricopa County, not just Phoenix. Databases available remotely include, but are not limited to, CQ Press Electronic Library (Congressional Quarterly), Hoover's Company Records, Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete, ProQuest Digital Microfilm (newspapers), Wall Street Journal 1984-Present, MasterFILE Premier, and Gale Virtual Reference. It also has eJournal Index, which takes you to the database that has the journal you seek so you don't have to check several, and Summon ("Search Full-Text Articles" link) for searching across databases. See

The Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library has in-library access to LoisLaw (if you are a student planning to practice in a state that has bought LoisLaw like the Arizona State Bar bought FastCase), and remote access to HeinOnline and LegalTrac, inter alia. See "We function like a public library in that anyone with two forms of identification with matching addresses (one being a photo id) can receive a card. So, for example, a driver's license and a utility bill or voter registration card would suffice. We provide cards to both Maricopa County residents and non-residents without a fee. There is a library card application that needs to be completed." Jennifer Murray, Librarian.

The Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records offers remote access to a variety of databases to anyone with an Arizona zip code. Resources include Academic Search Complete, the Arizona Republic and Arizona Daily Star, Bibliography of Native North Americans, Business Source Complete, ERIC (education), and major newspapers, inter alia. See

The price is right—your tax dollars have already paid for it!

Facts: The best source for demographic information

by Ted McClure 6. January 2012 12:51

The best place For U.S. demographic and economic statistics is American FactFinder from the Census Bureau. The Bureau is currently moving the data to the new American FactFinder site. The old site will close on January 20th, so update your bookmarks. To learn about the new American FactFinder, including:

  • Search using Topics, Geographies, Population Groups, and Industry Codes
  • Working with Search Results
  • Create a Map
  • Modify a Table
  • Accessing the 2010 Census Redistricting Data (P.L. 94-171) Summary File
  • Transpose Rows and Columns
  • Bookmark and Download
  • Building deep links

and other features — go to this web page.


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How To Research Circuit Splits Using Terms and Connectors

by Ted McClure 19. December 2011 12:16

From the blog Circuit Splits, "How To Research Circuit Splits Using Terms and Connectors".

On Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Google Scholar!


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