Monday, November 29, 2010

Lexis for Microsoft Office

Lexis® for Microsoft® Office is now available, enabling you to research and write at the same time within your Microsoft® Word document with just one click.  Some of the key features of Lexis® for Microsoft® Office for Faculty include:


Enhanced Grading Experience:

Lexis for Microsoft Office helps you validate the citations in your students’ documents without ever leaving them by adding Shepard’s Signalindicators and links for each cite. With just one click, Lexis for Microsoft Office adds Shepard’s Signal indicators and direct links to the citations in the document. You can also create a list of all the citations in the document for even quicker review.


Streamline Your Scholarly Writing:

Lexis for Microsoft Office allows you to quickly find more cases, briefs, motions, and pleadings while you are performing scholarly research or reviewing documents. With one click, you can perform a search of Lexis materials (cases, statutes & analytical material) in addition to searching the open web (Google, Bing and Lexis Web) without having to leave the document.


To download Lexis® for Microsoft® Office you can follow this link. If you have questions about using Lexis® for Microsoft® Office or the download process, please contact your Library Liaison.


Pat Court

Associate Law Librarian  


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research

To recognize excellence in research by our law students, the Law Library is inaugurating the Cornell Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research.  Librarian judges will be looking for sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials; exceptional innovation in research strategy; and skillful synthesis of research results.  Papers must be at least 10 pages, written June 2010-May 2011, by current 2L, 3L, or LL.M. students.  Acceptable papers may include, but are not limited to, papers written for a class or a journal note, but not work product from employment.  First prize is $500; second prize is $250, awarded  May 13, 2011, and will have the opportunity to be published in Scholarship@Cornell Law, our digital repository of law faculty and student publications.


You are encouraged to invite your students to submit their papers to this research competition.  If you find a well-researched paper as you are grading this semester, please let the students know about this new prize and encourage them to apply.  Applications are to include a one page abstract (500 words or less) summarizing the research process involved, the lessons learned from that research process, the original purpose for which the paper was written, and the professor for whom the paper was written, if applicable.


Let me know if you have questions about this new Prize for Exemplary Student Research.  We look forward to having many papers from which to choose!              


Pat Court

Associate Law Librarian  


Friday, November 12, 2010

e-Book Guides to Technology

If you are using tech tools like BlackBerry or an iPad, or working with the Microsoft 2010 upgrade, you may be wishing for some handy guides.  Cornell has many e-books that you can find with a Guided Keyword Search in the online catalog.  Just search a phrase like “ipod touch” or “office 2010” and you’ll find lots of guides.  Most all of them will be e-books that you can link to directly from the catalog.  Here are some examples:


Click Here for link to Blackberry for Work


Click Here for link to Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step


Click Here for link to iPad: The Missing Manual


Click Here for link to Easy Microsoft Windows 7


Your librarian liaison will be happy to assist with these in any way.  Just let us know!


Pat Court

Associate Law Librarian  



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Roubini Global Economics

Cornell has joined the Roubini Global Economics' University Program to provide faculty and students with access to what The Economist magazine dubbed "the world's most important economic website." This provides you with RGE's rich and timely research and analysis and unique understanding of the modern global economy.  RGE provides insight into macroeconomic developments along with citations and readings which act as pathways for scholars, policymakers and future business leaders who need to pursue their ideas to the next level.  Features include:


  • Critical Issues: Identifies key questions essential to the research process, seeking out viewpoints beyond the consensus
  • Economic Research/RGE Analysis: Deep-dive analysis into factors driving global finance developed internally by a team of 40+ economists
  • EconoMonitors: Blog posts by Nouriel Roubini, RGE Analysts and an outside network of top independent contributors in global economics
  • Daily Digest: Timely coverage of developments that are shaping global markets right now
  • RGE Partner Content: Reports and white papers sourced from leading economic think tanks and world-recognized economic organizations.

At the Roubini website you will be invited to register for a personal account.  From off campus, access Roubini using the library catalog link -  Hat tip to Donald Schnedeker, Librarian at Cornell School of Hotel Administration, for this information.


Pat Court

Associate Law Librarian



Friday, November 5, 2010

David Lyons

For those of you who remember David Lyons, Professor Emeritus of Cornell Law School, you may like to know that he was honored with a conference on March 12-13 this year at Boston University, where he still teaches law and philosophy.  The presentations can be read in “Rights, Equality, and Justice: A Conference Inspired by the Moral and Legal Theory of David Lyons,”  90 Boston University Law Review 1667 (2010). 


“David B. Lyons is one of the most preeminent moral and legal philosophers of our time. He is a Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Boston University, where he has taught since 1995. Previously, he was a distinguished faculty member of Cornell University from 1964 to 1995. Not only has Professor Lyons published a number of significant books and journal articles in moral, political, and legal theory, he also puts his theories of justice and morality into practice. He has been involved with civil rights and anti-war activities since the 1940s and is currently involved with human rights organizations including the BU Faculty for a Humane Foreign Policy and the BU Inter-Faculty Human Rights Consortium.”       ~~ from the Editor’s Foreword


Pat Court

Associate Law Librarian