Introducing the Library Bar Access Program Membership

by Lidia Koelbel 22. August 2012 14:00

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!

Library Workshops for the Week of February 20-24, 2012

by Michelle Vallance 17. February 2012 10:02

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Want to learn about new apps for your smartphone or tablet that can assist you with legal research? Have questions about how and where to find case law? Need to get a better understanding of how to use KeyCite or Shepard's to determine whether a case is still good law? Then this week's workshops are designed for you!

This week the Law Library is offering three different workshops at various times. **Snacks will be provided!**

Legal Apps for Mobile Devices and Tablets - please bring your devices!

  • Monday, February 20, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - Classroom #1821*
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - Classroom #1815*

Cases Q&A - this session is run by you - please bring your questions!

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - Classroom #1721*
  • Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - Classroom #1735*

Citators - practice using Shepard’s and KeyCite to update cases and explore citing references.

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - Classroom #1821
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 5:00-5:50 pm - Classroom #1721
  • Friday, February 24, 2012 - 12:00-12:50 pm - Classroom #1721

*Please note that these are recent room changes.

Can't make it this week? The Law Library will be offering workshops on many different topics throughout the semester. Take a look at our library workshops page to view a list of descriptions and a link to the workshop calendar.



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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