Faculty Newsletter for January, 2019

Qualitative Data Repository

Jan 31, 2019

The University of Iowa is now an institutional member of QDR (Qualitative Data Repository). While many data repositories focus on quantitative data, QDR provides storage and discovery options specifically designed for qualitative data.

QDR is hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, a unit of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is a member of the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences. For more information, please visit the University Libraries’ QDR Library Guide.

Lexis Context

Jan 31, 2019

Lexis recently introduced Context, which offers Judge Analytics and Expert Analytics. Context derives its data from court documents and uses the data to predict how judges will rule on expert testimony, how likely a claim is to prevail, and to pinpoint language and case law most often used by a judge. You may access Context using your Lexis login credentials here.

For more information on Context and how it compares to other legal analytic tools, please see this blog post

West Academic Audio Series and LexisNexis Courtroom Cast

Jan 31, 2019

The Law Library subscribes to electronic resources that offer both audio and video study aids and skill-improvement options.

The Law Library’s West Academic Study Aid subscription includes two audio series: Sum and Substance Audio and Law School Legends Audio Series. Both collections cover a wide range of course topics, from Law School Legends Audio on Administrative Law to Sum and Substance on Wills and Trusts. In addition to listening to the audio files online, by registering for an individual account, you have the option of selecting titles for offline listening through West Academic’s mobile or desktop apps.

The Law Library also subscribes to LexisNexis Courtroom Cast. This database is a collection of courtroom and case recordings, as well as training videos, for use by law students and faculty in a variety of educational settings. Courtroom Cast consists of three collections: AudioCaseFiles, a video collection, and a training collection. AudioCaseFiles provides recordings and full text of cases included in many first- and second-year courses and casebooks. The video collection contains selected full hearings, trials, and oral arguments from cases in U.S. federal and state courts from 2004 to the present. The training collection is designed to help users hone their advocacy skills through carefully selected video clips from actual trials.

HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated

Jan 31, 2019

HeinOnline’s World Constitutions Illustrated database provides a wide range of materials for constitutional law research relating to countries throughout the world. Included in this content is a copy of the current constitution for every country in the database in its original language format, as well as an English translation. The database also includes books, scholarly articles, and bibliographic references.

HeinOnline continues to expand and update this database. Visit the HeinOnline Blog for a list of the most recent updates. 

Reminder: Bloomberg BNA and CCH IntelliConnect

Jan 31, 2019

Bloomberg BNA retired its platform at the end of 2018, transitioning its content to Bloomberg Law. In the process of this transition, some of the previous BNA reporters have been repackaged with other topics and the content delivery options have changed. If you would like help registering for Bloomberg Law’s new topical news options, please contact Amy at amy-koopmann@uiowa.edu.

While CCH IntelliConnect is still available, all legal and regulatory content is now available exclusively through Cheetah, Wolters Kluwer’s new platform. Wolters Kluwer has plans to completely decommission CCH IntelliConnect in the future.

New Law Library Acquisitions

Jan 31, 2019

In October, November and December, the Law Library acquired almost 7,000 new books, journals, and other items. These include over 80 new monographs from a wide range of university presses including:

  • Amsterdam University Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Columbia University Press
  • Cornell University Press
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Harvard University Press
  • Hong Kong University Press
  • Manchester University Press
  • Melbourne University Press
  • MIT Press
  • Naval Institute Press
  • New York University Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Stanford University Press
  • State University of New York Press
  • Syracuse University Press
  • Temple University Press
  • University of British Columbia Press
  • University of California Press
  • University of Hawai’i Press
  • University of Minnesota Press
  • University of New South Wales Press
  • University of North Carolina Press
  • University of Pennsylvania Press
  • University of Tennessee Press
  • University of Toronto Press
  • University of Wisconsin Press
  • University Press of Kansas
  • Yale University Press