A portable journal library – HeinOnline comes to the iPad

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.

 

Are Good Research Skills Important For Summer/Articling Students?

Yes!

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).

Ontario laws being digitized by Hein Online!

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…

O Canada!

Superheroes and the law?

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.

Legal Fiction and DVDs

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 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!

October 15 – October 19, 2012

55 new acquisitions for the Osgoode Hall Law School Library, including 40 from 2012:

  • JC 179 M74 1977

    The spirit of laws : a compendium of the first English edition / by Montesquieu ; edited, with an introd., notes, and appendixes, by David Wallace Carrithers ; together with an English translation of An essay on causes affecting minds and characters (1736-1743).

    Berkeley : University of California Press, 1977
    xxxv, 480 p. ; 19 cm.

  • JC 599 I68 B49 2012

    Beyond occupation : apartheid, colonialism and international law in the occupied Palestinian territories / edited by Virginia Tilley.

    London : Pluto, 2012
    xix, 322 p. ; 23 cm.

  • JQ 4031 H84 2002

    A handbook of Australian government and politics, 1985-1999 / Colin A. Hughes.

    Annandale, N.S.W. : Federation Press, 2002
    xii, 355 p. ; 24 cm.

  • K 230 S38 C76 2013

    The legal theory of Carl Schmitt / Mariano Croce and Andrea Salvatore.

    London ; New York : Routledge, 2013
    vi, 204 p. ; 25 cm.

  • K 487 A57 L44 2012

    Legalism : anthropology and history / edited by Paul Dresch and Hannah Skoda.

    Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xii, 353 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.

  • K 564 C6 C415 2012

    Virtual economies and financial crime : money laundering in cyberspace / Clare Chambers-Jones.

    Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar, 2012
    xii, 235 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

  • K 1401 M393 2006

    Intellectual property rights : a critical history / Christopher May, Susan K. Sell.

    Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006
    ix, 253 p. ; 24 cm.

  • K 1401 O94 2012

    Overlapping intellectual property rights / edited by Neil Wilkof, Shamnad Basheer.

    Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2012
    lxi, 536 p. : ill. ; 26 cm

  • Sixth International Appellate Judges Conference : programme and proceedings.

    Enugu, Nigeria : Fourth Dimension Pub. Co., 1994

    K 2100 A6 I56 1992

    Sixth International Appellate Judges Conference : programme and proceedings.

    Enugu, Nigeria : Fourth Dimension Pub. Co., 1994
    264 p. ; 21 cm.

  • K 3165 O94 2012

    The Oxford handbook of comparative constitutional law / edited by Michel Rosenfeld and András Sajó.

    Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xix, 1396 p. ; 25 cm.

  • K 3240 L445 2012

    The margin of appreciation in international human rights law : deference and proportionality / Andrew Legg.

    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xxv, 232 p. ; 24 cm.

  • K 3240 R55 2012

    Rights in divided societies / edited by Colin Harvey and Alex Schwartz.

    Oxford : Hart Pub., 2012
    x, 273 p. ; 25 cm.

  • K 3240 Y675 2012

    Constituting economic and social rights / Katharine G. Young.

    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xix, 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

  • K 3258 S88 2012

    Models of religious freedom : Switzerland, the United States, and Syria by analytical, methodological, and eclectic representation.

    Berlin : LIT, 2012
    xvi, 515 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

  • K 4460 I58 2012

    International tax law / edited by Andrea Amatucci.

    Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012
    xxxi, 448 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

  • K 4550 T39 2012

    Tax treaty case law around the globe : 2011 / edited by Michael Lang … [et al.]

    Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012
    514 p. ; 25 cm.

  • K 5437 P738 2012

    Pre-trial detention : human rights, criminal procedural law and penitentiary law, comparative law = Détention avant jugement : droits de l’homme, droit de la procédure pénale et droit pénitentiaire, droit comparé / edited by P.H.P.H.M.C. van Kempen.

    Cambridge ; Portland, OR : Intersentia, 2012
    xxx, 821 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

  • KBM 524.145 L48 2012

    Economic morality and Jewish law / Aaron Levine.

    New York : Oxford University Press, 2012
    x, 263 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

  • Utility in classical Islamic law : the concept of Maṣlaḥah in Uṣūl al-fiqh / by Ihsan Abdul-Wajid Bagby.

    1986

    KBP 442 I38 1986

    Utility in classical Islamic law : the concept of Maṣlaḥah in Uṣūl al-fiqh / by Ihsan Abdul-Wajid Bagby.

    1986
    v, 244 leaves ; 28 cm.

  • KF 224 W35 B37 2012

    The telephone murder : the mysterious death of Julia Wallace / by Ronald Bartle.

    London : Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2012
    xvi, 171 p. : map ; 23 cm.

  • A cruel arithmetic : inside the case against polygamy / Craig Jones.

    Toronto : Irwin Law, 2012

    KF 225 B68 J64 2012

    A cruel arithmetic : inside the case against polygamy / Craig Jones.

    Toronto : Irwin Law, 2012
    xvi, 384 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KF 241 L33 N83 1998

    Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation / by Gabriel M. Nugent.

    Buffalo, N.Y. : W.S. Hein, 1998
    xi, 68 leaves ; 26 cm.

  • KF 241 L33 P78 2001

    Sexual harassment in the workplace : a legal research guide / by Kimberly Pruett.

    Buffalo, N.Y. : W.S. Hein, 2001
    xiv, 28 leaves ; 26 cm.

  • Property rights and obligations under Ontario family law / Robert M. Halpern, editor and contributing author.

    Toronto, Ont. : Canada Law Book, 2012

    KF 524 P77 2012

    Property rights and obligations under Ontario family law / Robert M. Halpern, editor and contributing author.

    Toronto, Ont. : Canada Law Book, 2012
    lxiii, 525 p. : forms ; 24 cm.

  • KF 540 H375 2012

    Children, parents, and the law : public and private authority in the home, schools, and juvenile courts / Leslie J. Harris, Lee E. Teitelbaum, Tamar R. Birckhead.

    New York : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012
    xxix, 809 p. ; 26 cm.

  • KF 801 B42 2012

    Mistake and non-disclosure of facts : models for English contract law / Hugh Beale.

    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xxv, 145 p. ; 22 cm.

  • KF 810 M37 2012

    Electronic signatures in law / Stephen Mason.

    Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
    xxxvi, 371 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KF 1045 T72 2012

    Letters of comfort : a trans-systemic analysis / Anton P. Trichardt.

    Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012
    xv, 455 p. ; 25 cm.

  • Consumers and repossession : a review of the Credit (Repossession) Act 1997.

    Wellington, N.Z. : Law Commission, 2012

    KF 1058 N49 2012

    Consumers and repossession : a review of the Credit (Repossession) Act 1997.

    Wellington, N.Z. : Law Commission, 2012
    iv, 153 p. ; 30 cm.

  • KF 1423 T35 2013

    Progressive corporate governance for the 21st century / Lorraine Talbot.

    London ; New York : Routledge, 2013
    xxxi, 236 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

  • KF 2026 C68 2012

    Pease and Chitty’s Law of markets and fairs / Edward F. Cousins.

    Haywards Heath, West Sussex : Bloomsbury Professional, 2012
    xliv, 380 p. ; 25 cm.

  • Droit de l’arbitrage de grief / Fernand Morin et Rodrigue Blouin avec la collaboration de Jean-Yves Brière et Jean-Pierre Villaggi.

    Cowansville, Québec : Éditions Y. Blais, 2012

    KF 3424 M665 2012

    Droit de l’arbitrage de grief / Fernand Morin et Rodrigue Blouin avec la collaboration de Jean-Yves Brière et Jean-Pierre Villaggi.

    Cowansville, Québec : Éditions Y. Blais, 2012
    xxiii, 852 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KF 3431 B69 2011

    The law of industrial action and trade union recognition / John Bowers, Michael Duggan, David Reade ; with chapters 21-23 by Katherine Apps and James Wynne.

    New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
    xli, 311 p. ; 26 cm.

  • KF 3760 K37 2012

    Perfecting pregnancy : law, disability, and the future of reproduction / Isabel Karpin, University of Technology, Sydney, Kristin Savell, Univesity of Sydney.

    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
    xi, 381 pages ; 24 cm.

  • KF 3830 B87 2012

    The law of assisted reproduction / by Seamus Burns.

    London : Bloomsbury Professional, 2012
    xxiii, 618 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KF 4749 C525 2012

    Tried and convicted : how police, prosecutors, and judges destroy our constitutional rights / Michael D. Cicchini.

    Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012
    xiv, 163 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KF 6334 ZC2 S33 2011

    Schwarz on tax treaties / Jonathan Schwarz.

    Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey : CCH, 2011
    xxiv, 461 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KF 8858 C48 2012

    Federal jurisdiction / Erwin Chemerinsky.

    New York : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012
    xxvi, 1132 p. ; 26 cm.

  • DNA for the defense bar / DNA Initiative.

    KF 9666.5 D54 2012

    DNA for the defense bar / DNA Initiative.

    ix, 177 pages : illustrations; 28 cm.

  • KJA 2542 P56 2012

    Letting and hiring in Roman legal thought : 27 BCE – 284 CE / by Paul J. du Plessis.

    Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012
    viii, 213 p. ; 25 cm.

  • KJC 4445 S23 2012

    Constitutionalism and the enlargement of Europe / Wojciech Sadurski.

    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xxviii, 234 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KJC 5138 Z87 2012

    The owlets of Minerva : human rights in the practice of the European Court of Human Rights / Nandini Shah and Stanley Naismith (eds.).

    The Hague, The Netherlands : Eleven International Pub., 2012
    xv, 552 p. ; 25 cm.

  • KJE 5602 C73 2012

    EU administrative law / Paul Craig.

    Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012
    lxxxi, 777 p. ; 26 cm.

  • KJE 6467 A7 N64 2012

    Directory of EU case law on merger control : ‘the merger brick’ / Steven Noë.

    Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012
    xxi, 642 p. ; 25 cm.

  • KJE 7975 H47 2012

    The constitutional dimension of European criminal law / Ester Herlin-Karnell.

    Oxford ; Portland, Or. : Hart Pub., 2012
    xxi, 261 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KLB 2070 H46 2011

    The constitution of the Russian Federation : a contextual analysis / Jane Henderson.

    Oxford ; Portland, Or. : Hart Pub., 2011
    xxx, 278 p. ; 22 cm.

  • KZ 1285 V46 2012

    How interpretation makes international law : on semantic change and normative twists / Ingo Venzke.

    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xviii, 319 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KZ 3675 N56 2102

    Global justice and territory / Cara Nine.

    Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press, 2012
    x, 192 p. ; 25 cm.

  • KZ 6471 D48 2012

    The development and principles of international humanitarian law / edited by Michael N. Schmitt and Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg.

    Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2012
    xxiv, 562 p. ; 25 cm.

  • KZ 6530 J33 2012

    Armed conflict and displacement : the protection of refugees and displaced persons under international humanitarian law / Mélanie Jacques.

    Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
    xii, 277 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KZ 7000 B65 2012

    An introduction to transnational criminal law / Neil Boister.

    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
    xlix, 301 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KZ 7230 W65 2011

    The Ad Hoc Tribunals and the International Criminal Court and international criminal law / Willem-Jan van der Wolf.

    The Hague, The Netherlands : International Courts Association, 2011
    iv, 500 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KZ 7408 E43 2012

    The defendant in international criminal proceedings : between law and historiography / Björn Elberling.

    Oxford ; Portland, Ore. : Hart Pub., 2012
    xix, 249 p. ; 24 cm.

  • KZA 1145 D55 2012

    Environmental governance of the great seas : law and effect / Joseph F.C. DiMento, Alexis Jaclyn Hickman.

    Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar, 2012
    xvii, 220 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

  • Administrative law in context / edited by Colleen M. Flood, Lorne Sossin.

    Toronto : Emond Montgomery Publications, 2013

    XX(3050465.1)

    Administrative law in context / edited by Colleen M. Flood, Lorne Sossin.

    Toronto : Emond Montgomery Publications, 2013
    xxxix, 607 p.

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