Monday, February 22, 2010

InfoBrief: WestlawNext lunch program on Monday

Please join us this Monday, March 1, at noon for a preview of WestlawNext.  Our Westlaw account manager, Mike Winn, will be here to show us what is coming with the new Westlaw.  You will also receive a password so you can work in the new system, months before law students will have it (next fall, at the earliest).  Lunch will be served, so please RSVP to me by this Thursday, February 25.


Many blog posts, articles, etc. have been written about WestlawNext.  Here are a few that can give you the latest:


Greg Lambert writes “WestlawNext - A Study in Applying Knowledge Management & Crowdsourcing” on 3 Geeks and a Law Blog


Bob Ambrogi’s LawSites gives “A First Look at WestlawNext”


Video Discussion of WestlawNext


What happens to Boolean searching?  Do you still have to select a database to search in?  Exactly what is the structure and nature of the new search engine?  Please join us and find out!


Pat Court

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

InfoBrief: TradeLawGuide for WTO law


To Cornell Law Faculty:

The World Trade Organization (WTO) regulates trade between 153 member nations and provides a framework for the settlement of trade disputes between nations. The Cornell Law Library has recently acquired a subscription to TradeLawGuide, providing students and faculty with enhanced access to WTO law.

Use TradeLawGuide to search WTO agreements, instruments, jurisprudence, and Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) minutes. TradeLawGuide includes article and jurisprudence citators that allow you to update WTO law, and a Subject Navigator tool that indexes materials by subject. Training videos are available here.

Access TradeLawGuide from either the Trade Law or the International Law subject pages of our Online Legal Resources list, or search the library’s catalog for “TradeLawGuide.”

For more information on WTO law, check out this research guide or these articles by Jack Barceló.

Iantha Haight

Research Attorney

Monday, February 1, 2010

InfoBrief: electronic library books

Cornell Library makes available thousands of electronic books on topics large and small.  Just search the online catalog for "NetLibrary" to browse; or add a title or keyword to search more specifically.  There are many electronic titles about law, such as:
Playing It Safe: How the Supreme Court Sidesteps Hard Cases
Facing the Limits of the Law
Preferences and Procedure: European Union Legislative Decision-Making
Constitutionalism & Legal Reasoning: A New Paradigm for the Concept of Law
Outsourcing to India: A Legal Handbook
The February eBook of the Month is The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done.  Author and cognitive-behavioral therapy expert Monica Ramirez Basco peppers the book with easy-to-relate-to examples from "recovering procrastinators"­including herself. Inviting quizzes, exercises, and practical suggestions help you (well, maybe not YOU, perhaps someone you know?):
  • Understand why you procrastinate.
  • Start with small changes that lead to big improvements.
  • Outsmart your own delaying tactics.
  • Counteract self-doubt and perfectionism.
  • Build crucial skills for getting things done today.

The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done will be available to Cornell Law Library users February 1-28. If you have already established a NetLibrary account, visit and log in.  If you do not have a NetLibrary account, you can create a free account from your office computer.  Please contact your librarian liaison or me for more information about NetLibrary and other full-text eBooks available to you.
Happy e-Reading!
Pat Court
Associate Law Librarian