In this issue:
- HeinOnline Meets Fastcase
- eCode360: A Simple Way to Access and Search Municipal Codes
- New Hein Database: Women and the Law
- New Additions to the Digital Commons
- Research Tip: Single Source Selection on LexisAdvance
Fastcase can stand alone as a system to retrieve and search for federal and state case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions, among other materials. It also features an Authority Check/”Bad Law Bot” citation service allowing a researcher to see later-citing cases and to identify negative history. TMLL already has a subscription to Fastcase, which can be accessed from the database list on our home page. But the Hein-Fastcase partnership links materials in the two systems, as illustrated below.
When accessing HeinOnline, you will now see a Fastcase tab, which allows you to type or paste in a case citation, or use a drop down menu to choose a reporter name while you supply the volume and page.
This partnership also offers the useful ability to retrieve authorities from within a law review article you are reading on HeinOnline. For example, when a case is cited within an article, the case citation appears with blue highlighting. The blue highlighted citations link to the case in either HeinOnline or Fastcase.
Conversely, Fastcase subscribers who also subscribe to Hein (such as TMLL/Carey Law) will be able to search Hein's Law Journal Library as well as the Session Laws Library, State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, and State Statutes: A Historical Archive from inside Fastcase. The inclusion of the Law Journal Library represents the first secondary sources to be integrated into Fastcase.
This partnership between the two of the largest independent legal publishers in the U.S. will no doubt lead to additional features that enhance the systems' competitiveness in the legal information marketplace.
The Law Library has a subscription to eCode360, a new online research tool developed to provide researchers with access to over 1,100 local government Codes, ordinances and related information. While individual online Codes have been available for some time, General Code’s research platform allows for more a multi-jurisdictional search and review of municipal law. And because eCode works directly with local governments, researchers are provided with the most recent version of ordinances when supplied by the municipality.
There are a host of features that the Library's subscription to the database provides, including:
- Easy navigation with new word search capabilities and an online index for term searches
- Access to new ordinances not yet incorporated in the Code
- Boolean searching
- Location and cross-reference tools
- Email links
- Bookmarking important sections
- Multi-code searching
- Annotations and linking to non-Code documents and maps
- Automated email notification
HeinOnline has given the Law Library complimentary access to its new collection, Women and the Law. This historical archive contains nearly 800 fully searchable titles, including books, biographies and periodicals, dedicated to women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender. Other highlights of this collection:
- History of Woman Suffrage (1881-1922). This work is published in six volumes and provides a history of women’s suffrage in the United States from the years 1848 to 1922. It was written by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, leaders of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
- Woman Citizen's Library: A Systematic Course of Reading in Preparation for the Larger Citizenship (1913-1914) - 12 volumes - Shailer Mathews
- Posthumous Works of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798) - 4 volumes - J. Johnson.
- Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony: Including Public Addresses, Her Own Letters and Many from Her Contemporaries during Fifty Years (1898) - 3 volumes - Ida Husted Harper.
- Women in the World Today; International Report (1963) - 7 volumes - Willard W. Wirtz & Esther Peterson.
- Explosive Quarter-Century: A Guide to Monographic Works on Women's Legal and Political Rights (2003) - Loretta Price.
- Law, Ethics and Reproductive Choice(1994) - Marcia M. Boumil.
- World-Famous Women: Being Phototypes of Female Heroism, Beauty, and Influence, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time (1879) - Frank B. Goodrich.
DigitalCommons@UM Carey Law had 43,423 full-text downloads and 27 new submissions were posted. New faculty scholarship added to the Digital Commons this month include:
- Michael Pappas, Anti-Waste, 56 Ariz. L. Rev. ___ (2014).
- Peter A. Holland, Debt-Buyer Lawsuits and Inaccurate Data, 25 Communities & Banking 20 (Spring 2014).
- Peter A. Holland, Junk Justice: a Statistical Analysis of 4,400 Lawsuits Filed by Debt Buyers, 26 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 179 (2014).
- Rena Steinzor and Anne Havemann, Falling Behind: Processing and Enforcing Permits for Animal Agriculture Operations in Maryland is Lagging, Center for Progressive Reform Issue Alert #1310, November 2013.
LEXIS Advance has rolled out a number of enhancements in response to feedback from users who have asked for alternatives to the default search box as the entry point into the available materials. Both of the enhancements below make it easier to locate a specific single source on Lexis Advance, and then to browse that source’s table of contents or to search within it.
One enhancement enables you to quickly locate a known resource on Lexis Advance. Instead of using “Browse Sources” and looking at a lengthy alphabetical list, you can begin typing the name of the source you want into the default search box, and if it is available on LexisAdvance, it should pop up as an option for you to select. Below, we have begun to type in “Maryland Evidence” and the sources “Maryland Evidence Courtroom Manual” and the “Maryland Evidence Handbook” popped up as options. You can also easily view the Table of Contents for either of these sources by clicking on the link provided. (Click on the images to enlarge).
Another enhancement that helps in locating particular sources is that when using “Browse Sources”, you can now filter the list of sources by practice or topic area and as well as by content type, as shown below.
You can also refine “Browse Sources” to view a list of sources by jurisdiction or publisher. Please contact the Law Library or our Lexis Representative, Elizabeth Ferrick, if you would like to learn more about the new LexisAdvance features.