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Open States provides access to state legislation

February 21st, 2013 No comments

open states logoThe Sunlight Foundation has created Open States, a website that tracks legislative information for all 50 states. This information has been available from state websites but it isn’t always easy to use. Open States gathers all the information with one easy to use interface. You can track bills, check your legislator’s voting record, even click on a map to find out who your state legislators are. Having just tried to do the same thing on the state of Delaware’s voting district maps, Open States definitely has an easier map interface.

The Delaware coverage includes bills and even includes the synopsis note for those of you doing legislative history. Unfortunately right now the coverage only goes back 2 years. Open States also has a handy iPhone/iPad app that lets you access your state legislature on the go.

Online legal research: Bloomberg Law

February 18th, 2013 No comments

Along with Lexis and Westlaw, Widener Law Library now also has access to new competitor Bloomberg Law. Bloomberg Law provides access to statutes, case law and administrative law, as well as legal news. It also includes access to federal and selected state court dockets plus Bloomberg’s famous business information. Widener students can sign up for Bloomberg here or clicking on “Law Schools” on the Bloomberg Law web page. Be sure to use your Widener email address when you register.

Online legal research: HeinOnline

February 11th, 2013 No comments

HeinOnline is another great online research source available to you through the Widener Law Library webpage. You may have used HeinOnline to access law review articles but it has a lot more to offer. It’s particularly good for historic research because it has all state and federal session laws, Federal Registers, Code of Federal Regulations, Restatements of the Law and much more. They also have a nice app for iPhone and iPad that makes it easy to read law reviews on your iPad.

Online legal research: The A to Z electronic title list

February 4th, 2013 No comments

One of the research sources you may notice on the Widener Law Library web page is the A to Z Electronic Title List. But what is it for?

It’s definitely one of my favorite  sources we have available here at Widener and makes my research a lot easier. Say you need to find an article in Business Lawyer, or the Harvard Law Review, or Health Affairs. It must be available somewhere online but where? Is it on Lexis, Westlaw, ProQuest or EbscoHost? Just go to the Widener Law Library web page, click on A to Z Electronic Title List, and type in the title of the journal you are looking for. You’ll get a list of online sources where you can read the journal. Just click on the one you want and you’ll have access to the journal.

Free Online Legal Research Class Next Thursday

April 8th, 2011 No comments

libraryThis great engraving from Yale Law Library seems to be suggesting that back in the old days, you did legal research by standing around a law library waiting for a goddess to stick the magical hat of wisdom on your head. But that won’t cut it in the modern workplace. Be sure to attend the Widener Law Library’s Prepare to Practice workshop for legal research tips for the new attorney, summer associate, or law clerk.

Prepare to Practice: Free Online Legal Resources and Research Tips for New Associates, Summer Associates, Interns, Clerks, Law and Paralegal Students

Thursday, April 14th at 12:15pm and again at 5:15pm in the Library’s Special Collections Room.

The cost of subscription based legal information continues to rise as courts, firms and non-profits are looking for ways to cut costs. All legal professionals should be aware of the resources that are available for free online.

As part of the Legal Information Center’s National Library Week Celebration (April 10th – 16th), come learn about all of the free primary legal materials available online. We’ll cover Federal, State and Local legal resources available for free on the Internet as well as advanced searching techniques that will help you in “the real world.”

Note: This is an abridged version of the library’s popular CLE , Free and Low-Cost Online Legal Research. Presenters will be librarians Maggie Stewart Adams and Mary Alice Peeling. For more information contact Maggie Stewart Adams – mmstewart@widener.edu