Student Newsletter for April, 2017

Law Library Carrel Assignment Renewals/Changes

Apr 04, 2017

Current 1Ls and 2Ls and Returning LLM/SJD Students

If you are a current 1L, 2L, or returning LLM or SJD student and would like to renew or change your Law Library carrel assignment for the 2017-2018 academic year please complete this online survey by Friday, April 14 at 5pm.

If you do not complete the survey by Friday, April 14at 5pm, you will not have an assigned carrel next academic year. If you later decide that you would like an assigned carrel, you will need to apply along with the incoming first-year students.

To qualify for an assigned carrel, you must be an enrolled student. If you will have carrel or desk space elsewhere in BLB (for example, in Law Review, TLCP, JCL, JGRJ, or Legal Clinic), you will not be eligible for a carrel in the Law Library.

Current 3Ls

If you are a third year law student graduating this May and would like to renew your carrel assignment through July 31, please complete this online survey by Friday, April 14 at 5pm. If you do not complete this form by Friday, April 14 at 5pm, the carrel will be put back in the pool of available carrels.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Catherino at maria-catherino@uiowa.edu.

Fall 2017 Legal Research Courses

Apr 04, 2017

Looking to improve your legal research skills? Consider registering for one of the following Advanced Legal Research courses, offered Fall 2017:

Advanced Legal Research

Advanced Legal Research: Family and Elder Law

Foreign, Comparative & International Legal Research

All of these courses are graded on a pass-fail basis.

Law Library Extended Exam Hours

Apr 04, 2017

The Law Library will have extended exam hours from April 28 through May 11.

Day Time
Friday, April 28 7:00 am - Midnight
Saturday, April 29 9:00 am - Midnight
Sunday, April 30 (regular hours) 10:00 am - Midnight
Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5 7:00 am - Midnight
Saturday, May 6 9:00 am - Midnight
Sunday, May 7 (regular hours) 10:00 am - Midnight
Monday, May 8 - Thursday, May 11 7:00 am - Midnight

Update to Westlaw’s Secondary Sources

Apr 04, 2017

Westlaw recently updated the layout of its secondary source section, as well as made changes to the navigation of some secondary sources.

When you select Secondary Sources from the content tab of Westlaw’s home screen, you will now be taken to a list of all secondary sources. You may narrow to a particular subset of secondary sources by using the facets along the left side of the page. You may also “favorite” secondary sources that you would like to appear at the top of the secondary sources page.

Westlaw Secondary Sources Screen

Some resources will also offer a different user experience than in the past. You will be able to select “Reading Mode” to scroll through the publication, versus advancing section by section using arrows. The Table of Contents is also displayed on the left side of the page so you can quickly navigate to other sections of the resource.

Westlaw Secondary Source Highlighting Reading Mode Option

For more information on Westlaw’s new secondary sources experience, visit this blog post.

HeinOnline Training Videos and Recent Additions to HeinOnline Content

Apr 04, 2017

HeinOnline Quimbee Training Videos

HeinOnline has partnered with Quimbee, a company that provides case briefs, exam writing guides, outlines, and videos for law students, as well as courses for attorneys, to create a help video series. The series is available on the HeinOnline YouTube channel.

Provincial Statutes of Canada

The Law Library recently added HeinOnline’s Provincial Statutes of Canada to its collection. The collection includes Provincial Statutes for all ten Canadian provinces. Current, revised, and historical content is available for Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. Historical and revised, but not current, content is available for Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

UNC Law Press Publications

As part of the Law Library’s subscription to HeinOnline, you have access to a number of University of North Carolina Press publications. You will find UNC Press Law Publications as a collection within HeinOnline. The Collection includes both current and historical titles. Many of the titles are available as full-color, imaged-based PDFs.

Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases

HeinOnline provides historical and current access to the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. This periodical is published eight times annually, providing expert analysis of all cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. HeinOnline has created a Case Locator tool to complement the publication. Entries retrieved through the Case Locator tool provide links to merit and amicus briefs, print transcripts, audio transcripts, and citation and summary information for each case. Visit this HeinOnline blog post for more information.

Citation Linker in InfoHawk+

Apr 04, 2017

With InfoHawk+, you have the option to access electronic articles directly. A number of ways exist to accomplish this. This article highlights the Citation Linker feature.

To access the Citation Linker, visit the Law Library’s homepage and select “More Search Options” from below the InfoHawk+ Catalog search box. From there, select “Citation Linker” from the upper right hand side of the page.

Law Library Homepage

InfoHawk+ Advanced Search Screen with Citation Linker

The Citation Linker will take you to a screen with three tabs: one for journals, one for books, and one for articles. Select the articles tab. You will see the option to enter a variety of information. If you are looking for an article from a consecutively paginated journal, like Iowa Law Review, the important information to enter is the name of the journal, the volume, and the start page. If you are looking for an article from a non-consecutively paginated journal, you will need to enter the issue as well. When entering the journal title, spell out the title instead of using the Bluebook abbreviation. 

Citation Linker Article Tab

After selecting “Go,” the system will direct you to a results page that will offer you a number of options (depending on the journal) through which you can access the article. If you have trouble with one of the links, try another link to directly access the article title. If you prefer PDF articles, HeinOnline and Gale Cenage LegalTrack are two options to try.

Article Citation Search Results

If you are not able to locate the article you are looking for, or have an article title but not the volume and start page of the article, please visit the Reference Desk for additional assistance.