Category Archives: Library Resources & Services

Using FastCase and HeinOnline for Legal Research

Are you doing caselaw or legal research, but confused on how to get started? Not sure if you have all the tools you need, or if there are accessible alternatives to Google Scholar or the Cornell LLI? If you’re researching these topics, you need to know about our library subscriptions to HeinOnline and FastCase.

FastCase provides access to federal and state case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions, and connects with HeinOnline to provide law review articles. Its search abilities and added tools are like the functions you’d find in other legal research platforms, and FastCase has the added benefit of being one of the most widely used tools for legal research thanks to many State Bar Associations providing it to lawyers (including Massachusetts).

HeinOnline is a database covering legal history, government documents and reports, legal reviews, and international law. The integration of HeinOnline with FastCase also allows you to quickly find the case law or court decision cited in a law journal or other legal classic. Together, these two platforms should cover your most of your legal research needs!

If you’d like to know more about how to use these powerful tools, contact your librarian liaison.

 

Banned Books Week – Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, to be held the week of September 24th in 2017. It celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.

Every year the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week has featured specific categories of banned and challenged books. This year’s celebration will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read, naming the theme “Our Right to Read.”

The library is displaying selected banned books on the 1st floor near the Circulation Desk.  So, exercise your First Amendment right by checking out a banned book and reading it!

Writer’s Guide to Government Information – A New Library Blog

Attention Aspiring (and Accomplished) Writers! We want to let you know about a new library blog, one that is unique and managed by our Undergraduate and User Services Librarian, Kari Mofford. It is called the “Writer’s Guide to Government Information Sources to Inject Real Life Detail into Your Fiction.” Here’s Kari’s description:

“I recently became the new owner/author of the blog, “Writer’s Guide to Government Information Sources to Inject Real Life Detail into Your Fiction.” Over the summer I’ve been editing, link checking, and reading through all the posts to better understand the original author’s vision. Daniel Cornwall, previously a Government Document Librarian, created an amazing reference work in blog format for assisting fiction writers/editors with fact checking and adding realism to stories. His idea was to only use Government web sites, which is very interesting. Not being a Gov. Docs. Librarian, I am learning so much about these resources and how useful they are! After my initial work, I will be adding entries and working on some larger organization/metadata issues.

I loved this blog from first read…as an avid fiction reader, I agree, nothing takes you out of a story faster than facts that are not even close.

That said, I would love to have your feedback and if you have classes or students with creative writing projects, I would enjoy their perspective of what would be helpful for future posts and topics.

While this is made for writers, everyone can enjoy reading this and It serves as a wonderful reference work. “

Here are some posts:

https://writersguidetogovinfo.wordpress.com/category/what-if-your-story-isnt-set-on-earth/
https://writersguidetogovinfo.wordpress.com/tag/military-medicine/
https://writersguidetogovinfo.wordpress.com/tag/allergies/
https://writersguidetogovinfo.wordpress.com/category/flora-and-fauna/

Questions/Comments/Feedback? Please contact Kari at: kmofford@umassd.edu

WorldCat Subscription Change

The library will be altering its OCLC WorldCat subscription beginning July 1st. This change will yield significant savings and will have minimal impact on our faculty and students. It will not affect the timing of interlibrary loan deliveries. That said, there are a couple of changes you should be aware of:

  • You will no longer have the option of submitting an interlibrary loan request directly from WorldCat. Instead, you will need to enter the citation information in ILLiad (Note: ILLiad is the name of the system we use to submit and manage interlibrary loan requests.)
  • You WILL continue to have access to WorldCat.org, but you will only see the holdings of libraries who subscribe to an OCLC product called WorldCat Discovery. A library must subscribe to WorldCat Discovery in order for its holdings to appear in the free Worldcat.org.

If you’re a frequent user of WorldCat and want to search the Discovery version, you can still do so through the Boston Public Library (BPL). The BPL offers free ecards to Massachusetts residents as well as those who “commute to a Massachusetts employer on a sustained and regular basis.” By using this free ecard, you can use Discovery to see the holdings of libraries regardless of whether they subscribe to the product. In other words, you will find holdings of institutions such as UMass Dartmouth and UMass Amherst even though these libraries don’t subscribe.

We understand that the relationship between WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat.org is confusing. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Get Books & Articles from Other Libraries

Image of an interlibrary loan vanIs there an article you need for your research, but our library doesn’t have it? Never fear! You can request articles via our interlibrary loan service. It’s a quick and free online process for the active UMD community (faculty/staff/students), and we’ll try to get an electronic copy of your article (pdf) as quickly as possible. Turnaround time varies for those we can obtain, but many articles are received within 48 hours.

Do you need a book we don’t own? The same service can get you books from other libraries! Books we can obtain take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to arrive, so please plan ahead.

Place your article or book ILL requests here:
http://library.umassd.edu/services/interlibrary-loan-services

Questions? Ask a librarian!
http://library.umassd.edu/help/ask-librarian

NEW! HeinOnline Available From Anywhere to All UMassD Students & Faculty

Hein OnlineHeinOnline is now available to all UMassD students, faculty and staff. It is a great addition to the Carney Library’s suite of databases and makes accessing law journals much easier! And while the Law Library has had access to HeinOnline for several years, the newly negotiated access allows law students to use the database from off-campus. This is a great example of our Carney and Law librarians working together to improve service for all UMassD students!

Check out HeinOnline and let us know what you think.

NEW! Access to Thousands of Streaming Videos Via Kanopy

Screenshot of UMass Dartmouth's Kanopy site

The Claire T. Carney Library has been exploring new ways to provide material for faculty and students in the most cost effective and efficient way possible. As part of this effort, we recently acquired access to Kanopy, a vendor that provides thousands of streaming films relevant to higher education curricula.Because VHS is becoming difficult to support and many of our current tapes are losing integrity, this is a great option for your teaching. Titles are searchable through Primo, our discovery system, and through the Kanopy database…see links below. Review the resource titles to see whether there is a streaming option for your instruction.  You may even discover new titles that can easily be linked to in MyCourses in their entirety or as clips you create.

In addition, if you have questions about the availability of particular items your library liaison can help you investigate options.

Link to Primo:  http://www.lib.umassd.edu/  – Or search specific titles or browse with this canned search: http://bit.ly/2bjclvg
Link directly to Kanopy: https://umassd.kanopystreaming.com
Link to library liaisons: http://www.lib.umassd.edu/help/liaisons
For assistance with MyCourses:  http://instructionaldev.umassd.edu/

Book Collections Honoring MLK & The Civil Rights Movement

Photo of Martin Luther King on the Mall in D.C.

Martin Luther King’s leadership and moral authority has inspired black Americans for more than 50 years.

 Young black people, proud and outspoken members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organized their own form of struggle, adopting the strategy of non-violence while pressing forward on broader social change.

The Carney Library commemorates Martin Luther King and the Black History Month 2016 with books by and about people who led the fight for racial justice and equality.

Check out them out!  Discover the lives and experiences of men and women who changed society in the face of racism and brutality.

LibGuides Have Been Updated – All Is Well :-) – Friday, Jan. 23rd

LibGuidesTransitionSMUpdate News: LibGuides were successfully updated today. Enjoy the new system!

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We are transitioning our library guides to a new system version! This update and transition will begin on Friday morning, January 23rd. During the day on Friday, the LibGuides will become temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, we are looking forward to making use of the new features and capabilities that will come with this latest version to better serve you.