Universal Citation Guide – new edition

From Hein’s blog:

Almost 20 years has passed since the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) published The Final Report of the Task Force on Citation Formats. Since then, there have been many changes in the way information is gathered, shared, and accessed, making the need for universal citation (also known as public domain citation) systems even greater.

As states publish primary documents on their own web sites and researchers utilize a wide variety of options to access legal materials, it is necessary to have a universal system of citation that helps users locate information across all formats, platforms, and publishers.

The Universal Citation Guide, 3rd ed. recognizes the current practices of legal researchers who often consult an electronic research tool without ever seeing a print volume of a reporter or code sitting on a library shelf.


LexisNexis News

Yesterday it was annouced that LexisNexis is launching a new user interface.  This new Lexis Advance interface is designed to produce results in fewer mouse clicks than previous iterations.  You can read more here.


Info removed from PACER

Reposted from the AALL Advocacy listserv:

The UNC Law Library has published a blog post to help people seeking information formerly available on PACER, but now removed, to understand the process for obtaining removed information.  Thanks to the hard work of Law Library Graduate Assistant, Kate Dickson, and Reference Librarian, Jonathan Rountree, the blog post details procedures for requesting removed information we obtained from the various clerks of court for the courts affected by the removal as well as information about material still available on commercial databases like Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg.  The blog post is available at http://blogs.law.unc.edu/library/2014/09/04/what-happened-to-the-information-removed-from-pacer/.

Additionally, the GRO and the GRC continue to gather comments from our members regarding the effect the PACER removal is having on them for feedback to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and other government entities. Please feel free to share your stories to the GRC and the GRO.

Leslie A. Street
Chair, Government Relations Committee
Assistant Director for Research and Instruction
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Kathrine R. Everett Law Library
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Interview With New Bloomberg BNA President David Perla

Over at Dewey B Strategic, Jean O’Grady has an interview with David Perla. The new president of Bloomberg BNA discusses his ideas for how his products fit in with law firms and in-house counsel. Read the full interview here.

What is your biggest concern heading towards 2015?



US Code reclassification

The US Code is undergoing some reclassification. Materials on elections and voting are moving from Titles 2 and 42 into a new Title 52.

Read more here: http://uscode.house.gov/editorialreclassification/t52/index.html

Thomson Reuters outsourcing IT

From today’s Star Tribune:

Thomson Reuters to outsource IT services; move could affect Eagan workforce



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