“Link rot,” when the URL provided via a hyperlink no longer functions, is a troublesome issue for legal scholars and practitioners. A 2014 study found that half of the links provided in Supreme Court opinions and over 70% of links cited to in the Harvard Law Review “do not produce the information originally cited.” As Jonathan Zittrain, one author of the study, put it in an April 2014 interview with NPR, this is “extraordinarily bad for the long-term maintenance of the information we need…to understand the law.”
An exciting new tool for combating link rot was recently unveiled by the U.C. Berkeley Law Library: U.S. Supreme Court Web Citations. This web application captures snapshots of all web citations in new Supreme Court opinions immediately after publication. The snapshots are archived using perma.cc’s API. U.S. Supreme Court Web Citations users have the ability to browse citations by opinion or by justice and can also subscribe to receive notification of new citations.
Reminder: The deadline to enter the annual Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research is April 3rd at 9am.
The award offers a $500 first place prize and $250 second place prize for a piece of scholarly writing that exhibits exceptional research.
To learn more about the award, including eligibility and application procedures, visit: https://law.asu.edu/LibraryResearchAward
Do you want to win $500? Would you like to have your work published in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Faculty Scholarship Repository? How about all the pats on the back you will get from family and friends if you win this prestigious award? You better get to work! The deadline to enter the annual Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research is April 3rd at 9am.
The purpose of the award is to encourage students to focus on practical skills and to refine their research abilities beyond ordinary proficiency to achieve their personal best. The award also serves as a means to showcase extraordinary student research.
Two award recipients will be selected. The first place winner will receive $500.00 and a Certificate of Recognition. The second place winner will receive $250.00 and a Certificate of Recognition. Winners will be invited to publish their paper in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Faculty Scholarship Repository.
A panel composed of two Law Librarians and one Legal Writing Instructor will judge submissions based on how well they demonstrate the following:
- Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of research materials, including, but not limited to, print resources, electronic search engines and databases, primary and secondary legal resources, interdisciplinary
- resources, and empirical resources
- Exceptional innovation in research strategy, including the ability to locate, select, and evaluate research materials with discretion
- Skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis
To learn more about the award including eligibility, acceptable papers, selection criteria and application procedures, please visit: Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research
And remember, if you need help with your research, don’t forget to Ask a Librarian.
The Law Library’s subscription to the West Academic Study Aids package now includes audio lectures from the Sub and Substance Audio and Law School Legends Audio series! These lectures are great tools for both learning and reviewing material. Access is available through an internet-connected computer or mobile device.
The lectures cover over 40 subjects and join the lineup of other study skills resources available to College of Law students through West Academic including the Exam Pro series, High Court Case Summaries series, and Acing series.
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The Law Library provides ASU Law students with free access to over 500 study aids/course supplements through the West Academic Study Aids Subscription.
- 24/7 access – you can access the study aids anytime online
- Full-content searching – a single search generates results from every relevant title
- Highlight and take notes – you can highlight text and take notes just like in a book
- Popular titles – Gilbert Law Summaries, Nutshell Series, High Court Case Summaries, Flash Cards, Exam Pro Series, Acing Series, Legalines, and more!
To create your account:
- Go to the West Academic Study Aids website
- Click the “Create an Account” icon in the upper right corner of the page
- Choose “I am a Student”
- Complete the form and click “Create Account”
* Returning 2L and 3L students: There is a new platform for the study aids subscription this year. You will no longer access the study aids through your Westlaw account, but rather through the West Academic Study Aids website.
The HeinOnline app is a great tool for accessing the wealth of information on HeinOnline via your mobile device, and the app is now available for Android users! Using either the Android or iOS app, you can browse the many HeinOnline collections that the Ross-Blakley Law Library subscribes to, run a keyword search, retrieve documents by citation, and even download image-based PDFS to your device.
Note on HeinOnline access via the app: ASU utilizes IP authentication for students, faculty, and staff access to HeinOnline, so in order to IP authenticate using the HeinOnline app, you must be on campus. The authentication will be good for 30 days. After 30 days you will need to once again authenticate on campus.
The Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Sandra O’Connor College of Law is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of The Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research.
Robert Skousen is the first place award recipient for his paper, Redefining New Water: Inland Surface and Groundwater Desalination and Simon Goldenberg earned second-place honors for his paper, Considering Abusive Marriages in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community and Ways for Agunot to Escape. Their papers demonstrate sophistication and originality in the use of research materials, exceptional innovation in research strategy, and skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly analysis.
A review panel comprised of librarians Victoria Trotta and Beth DiFelice and Clinical Professor Kimberly Holst selected the winners from the very competitive entries.
In addition to receiving a monetary award, the winners are also invited to publish their papers in the Law Library’s digital scholarship repository and to feature their papers in the Law Library Display Case.
Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!
Wondering which research tools you can use this summer? We have outlined summer access policies for Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law below. Remember that you also have unlimited access to hundreds of other legal databases and interdisciplinary databases through the Law Library and ASU this summer!
Westlaw offers limited summer research access – up to 40 hours a month for June and July. Full access is available to students who are participating in select academic pursuits over the summer. If you will be doing any of the following, you can apply to extend your full access to Westlaw by using the Summer Extension link inside Westlaw:
- Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
- Law review and journal – including write-on competitions
- Research assistant
- Moot court
- Unpaid internship/externship
Students with any other type of summer employment must use their employer-provided password for Westlaw access. Full academic access resumes to returning students on August 1, 2016.
Graduating students: Westlaw’s Graduate Elite program allows you to apply for limited Westlaw access for 6 months after graduation. Use the Grad Elite link within your Westlaw account to apply for the program.
Lexis provides unrestricted summer access to all law students for any research purpose, whether academic or commercial. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure summer access to your registered Lexis Advance account.
Graduating students: Graduating students will automatically have full access to Lexis through the end of November. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure this post-graduation access.
Bloomberg Law also provides unrestricted summer access to all law students for any research purpose, whether academic or commercial. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure summer access to your registered Bloomberg Law account.
Graduating students: Graduating students will automatically have full access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation. You do not need to take any additional steps to secure this post-graduation access.