A Brand New Lexis

Have you logged in to Lexis today?  Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy–this is not your Daddy’s Lexis (even if he just graduated from law school in May).  This morning marks the unveiling of a completely redesigned Lexis Advance interface.  That’s right–Lexis just got more Advanced.

Your Lexis ID and password will remain the same, but beyond that, not much else will look familiar.  Lexis has overhauled its interface in an effort to improve navigation and to make it easier to review and analyze search results.  The new Lexis Advance features improvements to Alerts, Browsing, Filters, Tables of Contents, and more.

For questions about navigating the new Lexis Advance interface, stop by the reference desk to talk it over with one of our Research Librarians, or contact our Lexis Representative Jonnell Simpson (jonnell.simpson@lexisnexis.com).  You can also explore the new interface on your own with the assistance of these resources published by Lexis:

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New Students (and Old Ones, too): Take Advantage of the Library’s Access to the New York Times

Welcome, incoming Chicago-Kent 1Ls (and welcome back, returning students).  If you’d like free access to the New York Times (and who wouldn’t?), take advantage of the Chicago-Kent Law Library’s subscription.  The process is simple: To access the library’s subscription, first create an account using your Chicago-Kent email address. Note: You must be connected to the Chicago-Kent network at the time you create your account. Once the account has been created, you can access the resource from any network using your account credentials.

Access is provided via your web browser; that is, it does not work with the New York Times application on your mobile device (but will work in a mobile browser).

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Welcome 1L’s!

10th floor reading room ceiling

A view I remember from doing my class readings while the jet planes from the Air and Water Show flew overhead.

This week is the beginning of orientation for our 1L’s.  For me, this August marks the 10 year anniversary of when I started law school right here at Chicago-Kent.  I remember how exciting it was to be at the threshold of the legal profession.  The most exciting part of orientation week was probably going to class for the first time.  It was intimidating, but it made me feel like I had finally arrived.  After a year of LSAT, applications, acceptances, rejections, tours, and agonizing, it was a relief to be actually sitting in the classroom learning something!

And even though I’m not a practicing attorney anymore, I still feel proud of my J.D.  As law school goes on, it can seem like being a lawyer isn’t all that special.  After all, you’re around law students and lawyers all day long.  It starts to seem like everyone is a lawyer.  But don’t forget that not everyone gets to be a lawyer, even those who might want to.  So please hang on to the excitement that you feel this week.  Getting to law school is a major accomplishment, and everyone here at Chicago-Kent is excited to see what else you’ll achieve next!

To help you make this transition, the Library has several online guides for those of you who are new to the law school and/or new to Chicago.  “Welcome to Chicago” will tell you about things to do in the city and also help you get to know the area surrounding Chicago-Kent and its nearby restaurants, drug stores, and grocery stores.  We also have a library guide to help new law students who have questions about how to succeed as a 1L.


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carving of a WWI doughboy

An American doughboy, Archie Sweetman, carved this self-portrait while staying in a quarry at Chemin des Dames, France.
Photograph by Jeffrey Gusky; appears in National Geographic magazine June 2014

In my last post, I told you a little bit about the events commemorating the beginning of WWI which are taking place all across Europe. One of the events that I find most interesting is Lights Out. The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to turn out their lights from 10pm until 11pm, leaving on a single light or lighting a candle to mark the anniversary of August 4, 1914, the day that Great Britain declared war on Germany. It is a reference to the famous line by Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary. He looked out at the lamplighters in London the evening before the declaration of war and said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” This will not be quite so striking for those of us in Central Standard Time because it will be 4:00 in the afternoon, so perhaps it’s best to make it 10-11pm local time on Monday the 4th.

While you are sitting in the dark, you might think about the darkness in the trenches or carved-out quarries where soldiers waited before going into battle. It was undoubtedly miserable. Every book I’ve read so far talks about the dampness, mud, and cold in the trenches. Often, soldiers could not clear out their fallen comrades right away. The scene is sad and macabre, to say the least. So I was heartened, as much as anyone reading about WWI can be heartened, to read about an American photographer/ER physician/all-around fascinating man, Jeff Gusky, who is working to document the carvings that soldiers left in the walls of the trenches and quarries. National Geographic just did a story about his work. It includes some wonderful galleries of his photography. Men stuck underground carved their names, religious symbols, self-portraits, and patriotic images and sayings. There is something wonderful about the human impulse to make art in the ugliest circumstances.

If you have time, I highly recommend listening an interview with Dr. Gusky on “Think,” a public radio station out of Dallas, TX, linked below.  I especially enjoyed Dr. Gusky’s explanation of why we should care about WWI.  He noted that the soldiers who made this art were humans facing technology on an inhuman scale, something humans still struggle with today.  Here is the link to listen.  It’s about 45 minutes long:




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Galvin Library Website Outages

The main campus at Illinois Institute of Technology is currently experiencing power outages that may affect intermittently affect multiple websites, including the Galvin Library website.

You can still access the library catalog and find library guides online if the website itself is down.

If you have a question, the library phones are still working so you can call the main campus library for help at 312.567.3616

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Update from the 2014 CALI Conference

You probably have heard of CALI Lessons and CALI Awards.  But CALI does a lot more than hand out certificates to students with the best grades.  For example, CALI’s eLangdell project offers free law school textbooks as an alternative to expensive casebooks.  CALI also works with Chicago-Kent’s Access to Justice  to help develop the project software.

In addition to these projects, CALI also hosts an annual law school technology conference.  Last year, the conference was held at Chicago-Kent.  This year, Harvard Law School was the host.

At the conference, presenters discussed everything from cutting-edge tech hacks to using technology in the classroom.  Be sure to view the sessions by Chicago-Kent staff on the Access to Justice clinical project and the latest updates from Oyez.

Our librarians were also featured speakers.  Emily Barney talked about creating student organization websites; she and Debbie Ginsberg presented tips and tricks for Gmail and Google Drive.

The sessions will soon be available to view on CALI’s YouTube channel.

Next year’s conference will be in Denver.  But you don’t have to travel that far to get the latest updates in legal technology.  The ABA Techshow will be held in Chicago on April 16-18, 2015. Be sure to check the show’s website for heavily-discounted student rates!

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Remembering June 28th

Not cool, Apple.  Not cool.

Not cool, Apple. Not cool.

June 28, 2014 marks the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo.  It’s a wild story, but the date is most important to me right now as a chance to reflect on the war that it, put simply, started.  There are so many interesting anniversary celebrations going on around the world.  The New York Times offered a guide to commemorative events and it breaks my heart.  For example, I would love to fly to Sarajevo for the Vienna Philharmonic’s memorial concert on Saturday.  I’m dying to go to Paris to see the photography exhibit installed at the Paris Luxembourg Gardens of 79 photographs of WWI battlefields which still show the scars of the war.

Unfortunately, I do not have the vacation time or the money to spend the rest of the year in Europe.  This leaves me with far fewer options for commemoration.  I contacted the Philharmonic only to learn that it will not broadcast the Sarajevo concert here in the US.  I’m hoping it winds up on YouTube.  Although it doesn’t have the same visceral impact as being there in person, there are quite a few exhibits available to view online.  For example, I am looking forward to reading what people write in the “Letters to an Unknown Soldier” project.  British citizens and luminaries (actor Stephen Fry is listed) were invited to write a letter to the statue of an unknown WWI-era soldier in Paddington Station in London.  They will start publishing the letters on June 28th.  That exhibit of photographs in the Luxembourg Gardens is online as well.

The online access is great and something that wasn’t there for, say, the 50th anniversary of the war.  But it still leaves me wanting some personal connection.  The “Great War” wasn’t always so far from our collective American memory.  Sports fans don’t need to look far for reminders.  Memorial Stadium in Champaign on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a memorial to University students and alumni who died in World War I.  The names of those lost in WWI are carved in the 200 columns that support the east and west sides of the stadium.  Soldier Field, home of the Bears, was originally conceived as a WWI memorial.  It is now a memorial to soldiers of all wars.

But compared to this weekend’s events in Europe, we come up lacking here in the US.  The New York Times listing gives a couple of events in NYC this year, one in Boston, and an exhibit of war posters in California.  I don’t see a specific event for June 28th.  Even our technology is conspiring to keep us from commemorating the war.  When my dad sent me an email from his iPad, it kept autocorrecting “WWI” to “WWII.”  Shame on you, autocorrect!

What’s my suggestion?  This Saturday, take a moment to remember the Great War.  If you’re inclined to poetry, read Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est.  If you’ve got a passion for technology, type “WWI” into your phone or tablet over and over and reject the change to “WWII” until it sticks.  If you’re a sports fan, find out if your team’s stadium is a WWI memorial.  My hope is that we will see more commemoration here in the US in 2017 as we mark the 100th anniversary of the year that the US entered WWI.  We should all find a way to mark this anniversary because it’s worth remembering.

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Research Librarian Clare Willis’s WWI Project

Scenes of German soldiers enlisting and leaving for Paris.  These pictures come from The First World War: A photographic history edited by Laurence Stallings.  This 1933 book is part of our library's collection.  I hope to share many more pictures this year.

Scenes of German soldiers enlisting and leaving for Paris. These pictures come from The First World War: A photographic history edited by Laurence Stallings. This 1933 book is part of our library’s collection. I hope to share many more pictures this year.

2014 is the 100th anniversary of the year that the Great War/World War I/the War to End All Wars started.  To mark that anniversary, I am spending this entire year reading about nothing but World War I.  I’m alternating fiction and non-fiction.  Let me take a minute to try and explain why I’m doing this.  First, I have always been interested in the war.  I remember asking my European History teacher in high school to explain again and again why the war started.  I never got it.  I’m a person who likes to get things, so this has always bothered me.  That’s the first reason: a desire to understand something that I don’t understand.  What I’ve discovered so far is that nobody really understands the war.  The consensus seems to be that it didn’t have to happen.  This brings me to my second reason for undertaking this project.

Second, I like bummer books.  I’m a generally cheerful person, but I read the most depressing books possible.  A year of reading about young, idealistic people dying for no reason sounded like a great way to pass the time.

Third, I’ve been interested in undertaking some kind of reading challenge.  My father has read and continues to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction (or novel, as they used to call it).  He’s piecing his way through the National Book Award now.  Like father, like daughter, I am trying to read within one theme too.  I’ve gotten some of the suggested books from him, and I’ve suggested a few for him too.  It’s something fun I can share with my dad.

I think those are the basic reasons.  I would like to share some of the things I discover and find interesting in this blog.  I plan to start in earnest on June 28th.  Anyone?  Anyone?  The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary in Sarajevo, the event that triggered the start of the war.  More about that later.

In the meantime, here’s a list of the books I’ve read so far.  Incidentally, one of these came from our collection here in the library.  I will also share more about the books in our collection as I work through this year.  Without further ado:

One of Ours by Willa Cather

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

We Did Not Fight: 1914-1918 experiences of war resisters edited by Julian Bell (this came from our collection)

Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos

The First World War by John Keegan (currently reading)

Please feel free to leave a comment with your suggestion for a favorite WWI book.  You can play along at home.  And, unlike WWI, we really will be done by Christmas.

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Citing to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext Using ALWD & Bluebook

A recurring issue we’ve seen at the reference desk is a student who wants to use ALWD or the Bluebook to cite to a resource located in Bloomberg Law (BLaw), Lexis Advance (LA) or WestlawNext (WLN).  The reason this has become a problem is that the current editions of ALWD and Bluebook predate those three services, so there are no examples in the citation guides for BLaw, LA, or WLN, and the existing examples for LexisNexis and Westlaw Classic do not translate to the new databases.

Generally, ALWD covers citations to legal databases in chapter 39 (“Westlaw and LexisNexis”) while Bluebook covers the same in Rule 18.3 (“Commercial Electronic Databases”).  However, these rules use citation elements that no longer exist in the new databases, such as a LexisNexis “library name,” or a Westlaw Classic “database identifier.” How can we translate the ALWD and Bluebook citations to cover the new databases?

For example, Rule 15.9 of the Bluebook illustrates a citation to a handbook available on Westlaw by citing to the Westlaw database identifier for the book, “LDCHBK”:

Abbey G. Hairston, Leave and Disability Coordination Handbook ¶ 110 (2009), available at Westlaw LDCHBK.

The database indentifier “LDCHBK” does not appear in WestlawNext (strictly speaking, “LDCHBK” can be used in the WLN search box to locate the handbook, but if one pulls up the handbook that way, there is no indication that it has a database identifier).  If one wishes to identify the handbook on WLN, we need a replacement.

The first rule of thumb when creating a “new” citation is to provide enough information so that a reader can herself locate the cited source.  In this case, a possible workaround would be to use WLN’s “trail” that appears above the handbook’s title on the screen.  Here, the trail is “Home > Secondary Sources > Labor & Employment Secondary Sources > Labor & Employment Texts & Treatises.”  We can take the most specific “location” for the handbook in WLN, which will always be the last place in the trail, Labor & Employment Texts & Treatises, and use that in the citation:

Abbey G. Hairston, Leave and Disability Coordination Handbook ¶ 110 (2009), available at WestlawNext Labor & Employment Texts & Treatises.

This is bulky when compared with a six-letter database identifier, but it’s less bulky than using WLN’s URL (URLs are problematic for other reasons too: in LA, for instance, there is no deep-linking, so a URL will not get a user to the cited source; in BLaw, direct URLs work only if the user is already signed in to BLaw).

This trail method will not work for LA, which uses tabs.  Rather, to cite to a source available in the LA database, one can use a method derived from the Bluebook for a source that requires a query:

American College of Trial Lawyers, ACTL Mass Tort Litigation Manual § 7.04 (2006), available at Lexis Advance (follow “Browse Sources hyperlink; then “Search Sources” for “ACTL Mass Tort Litigation Manual”; then follow “View Table of Contents” hyperlink).

The citation is quite bulky, so if it will be cited multiple times, I would recommend adding “(hereinafter “ACTL Manual”)” at the end of the citation.

BLaw does not use a trail method either, so citing to a treatise on Bloomberg Law would be like the LA example, for instance:

American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Business Essentials § 1.1 (2009), available at Bloomberg Law (follow “Practice Centers” tab; then follow “Bankruptcy” hyperlink; then follow “Books & Treatises” hyperlink; then follow “Bankruptcy Business Essentials” hyperlink) (hereinafter “BBE”).

Remember that you won’t always find an example that fits the item to which you’re trying to cite and the source from which you obtained it.  BluebookALWD have enough examples, however, that you can find something similar or combine elements of two different examples, and get an acceptable citation that gets the job done.  If you want advice or you’re worried about a citation you invented, feel free to visit us at the reference desk.  Also, keep in mind that among our Library Guides, we have created a guide to using the Bluebook, which might be helpful if you’ve only used ALWD up to this point.

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Law Day, U.S.A.

May 1 to be Law Day

Have you recently dedicated yourself to the ideals of equality and justice under law?  If not, there is no time like the present.  Today is a day for those of us in the legal profession to join citizens across the country in celebrating the rule of law.  In other words, Happy Law Day, U.S.A.!

Riding a wave of patriotism* on February 5, 1958, President Eisenhower issued a proclamation declaring May 1 “Law Day.”  The President urged citizens to “remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law.” The American Bar Association coordinated with state and regional associations across the nation to create educational opportunities and celebrations for the role that law played in creating our democratic way of life.

On April 7, 1961, President Kennedy signed Public Law 87-20, making permanent the observance of Law Day on May 1st of each year, a statute later codified at 36 U.S.C. 113.   On Law Day in 1961, 100,000 celebrations took place throughout the country.

The theme of this year’s Law Day is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”  The ABA has dedicated a page on its website to Law Day 2014, and there is a helpful planning guide for educators that includes resources to help their students learn about Law Day.

*and anti-Communism — the date May 1 was chosen in part to suppress the socialists’ celebration of May Day.
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