Sunday, August 24, 2008

Use Westlaw for Legal Information

For legal information, start with Westlaw. This service is the college and university edition of the Westlaw research database service which is used in law schools and the law profession. In addition to cases and federal and state laws and regulations, the database also features a legal encyclopedia, summary articles on legal topics and law review and journal articles.

You can search Westlaw Campus in a variety of ways, including by document citation, document title and keyword. The database includes Westlaw's proprietary "Keycite" law verification software that is used to alert you if a case or statute is still "good law" (i.e. whether it has a negative history or if it has been overruled, repealed or superceded) and to see citing references.

To access any research database, including Westlaw Campus, click on the "by title" link on the library home page, under the "Journals & Articles" section. For help searching the Westlaw Campus database, view the Westlaw Quick Start Tutorial.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

E-Book Catalog Improvements

The Empire State College E-Book Catalog has just been upgraded and streamlined. The look and feel of the search pages have also changed, although the functionality remains pretty much the same.

Here is a short list of changes:
  • More search options, such as searching by ISBN or publisher name
  • Added "Words Adjacent" option to search for exact phrases
  • The initial "browse" search box has been removed (instead, you can browse titles from within the results pages)
  • "Marked Items" feature has been renamed "Basket"
As before, you can easily search and access thousands of full-text online books from ten different collections, via a single search page. We hope you find these changes useful. Please let us know your impressions on this blog.
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Friday, August 1, 2008

New library research resources added

The library has added three new research resources to it's collections as follows:
All these resources and much more can be accessed by clicking on the "Resources by Subject (or by title)" links in the left column of the library home page.
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