New Law Library of Congress Chatbot

The Law Library of Congress just released a new chatbot.  It walks you through a basic reference interview to help connect you to primary law sources, research guides, and foreign law reports.  Sounds fantastic!  Read more about it at We are Excited to Announce the Release of the Law Library of Congress Chatbot.

LexisNexis announces plans to retire

LexisNexis announced plans to retire over the next 12 months and upgrade U.S. legal professionals to Lexis Advance.  Read the press release here.



Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is “among the easiest, most powerful steps you can take to protect your online accounts.”  This month, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) offers guidance on enabling two-factor authentication on a wide range of online platforms and services.  Check it out at


TR price increase on outside content

Thomson Reuters today announced a price increase on content not included in fixed-rate subscriptions for large and medium law firms.  The increase, effective January 1, 2017, will not affect fixed-rate contract terms.  For details on the rate increase, contact your Thomson Reuters representative or Customer Service.

Beta Wayback Machine now with keyword searching

In case you missed the announcement, Wayback Machine recently added key word searching.  Users can now type key words that describe a site into the search box to receive a list of relevant archived websites. Results include links to archived versions of the homepage, a thumbnail image of the homepage (when available), a short description of the homepage, and a capture summary of the site.  There’s even an advanced search feature to narrow your search to a specific field or date.  Read more at


Bloomberg Law announces launch of Litigation Analytics

Today Bloomberg Law announced the launch of Litigation Analytics, a new “predictive analytics” tool that draws on court opinions and docket information to reveal insights into judicial behavior, as well as litigation activities of companies and the firms that represent them.  For more information, view the Technology Snapshot at


Donation rather than an increase in subscription fees? What?!

HeinOnline recently announced a new database, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law. Rather than making the database available as a subscription add-on at an additional cost, they encourage a donation “to the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, or another charity of the user’s choice [that] supports civil rights, equality, or the advancement of people of color.” What a novel – and refreshing – idea! Other publishers should take note. Thank you Hein!