While you’re all undoubtedly burying your noses in reading and writing, don’t forget that it’s Halloween! Although (I hope!) you’ve all stopped trick-or-treating long ago, stop by the circulation desk for a treat. No costumes necessary.
For a quick seasonal laugh, enjoy the classic clip below from one of the best Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes.
Go crazy? Don’t mind if I do!
Includes the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (among many, many others)
While many publishers are jumping on board with new technology as a means to deliver their services, HeinOnline has really stepped up with a fantastic new app for the iPad (and iPhone, if you’re prepared to squint at 3.5″ or 4″ PDFs) that is easy to use and provides a clean and user-friendly interface.
Once it is accessed from the Osgoode wifi, there is a one-click “IP authentication” button that will identify and verify the subscription access through our IP. Once this is done, the IP is saved for 30 days. This allows for remote access of the database, which includes everything that you would get from the traditional, web-based access. Content may accessed through searching, browsing, or using the citation navigator. Furthermore, it is possible to download articles or sections of journals.
I personally find the HeinOnline app to be enormously user-friendly and, while it lacks some of the searching and sorting power of the web-based interface, for most users it is likely even easier to use than the more “traditional” format. Certainly it is a cleaner format that harnesses much of the sizzle of the iPad without neglecting the steak of Hein’s content.
The app is available through the app store and is free to download.
Want to impress those you are working with? Summer and articling students (and junior lawyers too) do a great deal of research work. Being known as an efficient and effective researcher can only help at hire-back time. Law firms and departments are always looking for cost-effective ways of carrying out their work. Electronic library resources, a number of which are provided to law schools and students for free, are extremely expensive for others to use. Learn how to use those resources to their full advantage, learn what free legal resources exist while you are at law school, and increase your value to your future employer. Firms can’t always recover research costs from clients, and don’t like to write off time and research expenses. Maximize your search power and minimize costs. The reference librarians await your call or visit.
(For more, see Simon Chester’s October 22, 2012 post on Slaw (http://www.slaw.ca).
While we can all get recent sessional Ontario laws on e-laws, it has been more difficult to get statutes from Ontario’s distant past online. Though, this is not totally correct. LLMC has digitized the Ontario laws up until 1980. The big issue with LLMC is the clunkiness of their search engine. It is very difficult to find anything specific. And though they have digitized most of the sessional laws between 1867-1980, there are still some volumes within those years that are missing.
Most law students use Hein Online for finding journal articles. And, while some students may know that the Canadian federal statutes have been posted under the Sessional law library of Hein, there is better news to come! Osgoode has given one of its complete sets of our Ontario statutes to be digitized. This will then mean that all the statutes from 1867 up until the present time will be digitized. Hein is also going to be digitizing the Revised Statutes of Canada.
So, for people frustrated at not finding the historical statutes for Ontario that they need, this will hopefully fill a gap. The only frustrating issue I have is that the search engine for Hein is still difficult to navigate, but at least a gap in Canadian statutes will be filled. Not sure though as to when they will actually be posted but this is still good news. Now, if only they would digitize the other provinces…
While the law can be alternately deadly serious or patently ridiculous (often in the midst of a single case!), it is always refreshing to read legal writing where the author is clearly enjoying the material. If you learn something – even better!
In December 2010, I read about a novel new legal blog in the New York Times called Law and the Multiverse. It has since taken off, with a newly-published book to show for it (alas, it is not yet in the library collection).
A clear example of the aforementioned style of legal writing, it is written by two American lawyers, James Daily and Ryan Davidson, who also happen to be enormous comic book nerds. The premise of the blog is simultaneously extremely simple and extremely clever:
What would happen if real laws applied to the denizens of the comic book multiverse?
So if you ever wondered what would happen if you were convicted of murder and the victim came back to life, if Superman’s heat vision is a weapon, or if evidence collected by Batman could be used by Commissioner Gordon to convict somebody in court, then this is the blog for you.
Although the subject matter is all American-oriented, it is nevertheless extremely entertaining to read about the application of various laws to altogether implausible scenarios. While the premise was initially focused on comic books, it has since expanded to other mediums, with Looper as a recent two-part focus. It is easy to get lost in the archived posts, which are uniformly well-written and straight-faced.
Where the magic starts.
As the leaves fall and winter inexorably marches forward, reading dry legal text after dry legal text can start to weigh heavily. Rather than resorting to yet another round of “Angry Birds” or trawling TMZ, you might want to take the time to check out the Osgoode Library’s Legal Fiction and DVD collections.
Bonus: Because they’re about the law, you’re still being productive – right?
You can find this collection on the main floor of the library in the Core Collection. The DVDs are located in their own dedicated alcove, with titles ranging from Dexter to M to Rumpole of the Bailey. The legal fiction shelves are right beside the DVDs in row 13 of the Core Collection (as the picture above illustrates).
Keep an eye on the collection, as new items are being added regularly!
55 new acquisitions for the Osgoode Hall Law School Library, including 40 from 2012: